Marc Rheinard has won the Super expert class at this years JMRCA EP touring car nationals held at the Yatabe Arena. Having qualified 2nd, the Tamiya driver was able to win the first final by less than a second from pole man Hayato Matsuzaki driving for Hot Bodies, with Masami Hirosaka racing for Yokomo in 3rd. In the 2nd final the German former World Champion could win once more by less than 2 seconds, once more from Matsuzaki, with Daisuke Yoshioka coming home 3rd. This result was enough for Rheinard to claim the title and he didn’t then run the last final, which was won by Atsushi Hara which secured him 3rd overall behind Matsuzaki in 2nd.
Xray have a brief report from the recently run fifth, and penultimate, round of the Thailand National on-road series that was run at the Hobbica track in Nakornprathom, south of Bangkok. There were 40 drivers in the 1/10 touring car class and after the final it was a win for Xray NT1 racer Thongchai S., who with a trouble free run could finish ahead of 2nd placed Suwich V. in 2nd and Sompong V. in 3rd, giving Xray a complete lock out of the podium.
This weekend sees the best Japanese, and some top International, touring car racers battle out in the Super Expert class at this year JMRCA Japanese EP touring car Nationals. Held once more at the great indoor facility of the Yatabe Arena, the racers have been present since early in the week to try to find the best setup for this race. After qualifying, it is current 2wd off road World Champion Hayato Matsuzaki that has taken the top qualifier spot for Hot Bodies in front of former World Champion Marc Rheinard for Tamiya in 2nd with 3rd spot going to Yokomo racer and current Champion Masami Hirosaka (not shown). Current World Champion Andy Moore lines up in 5th with team mate Hara in 6th, Victor Wilck for Tamiya in 9th and British National Champion Chris Grainger for Yokomo in 11th.
Xray have a report from the second round of the Norwegian National Cup that was held recently on a 600m2 track with sharp turns and high grip in Spydeberg. The 19T touring class saw Truls Solberg take the TQ ahead of Markus Alvestad in 2nd and 13 year old Petter Berntsen in 3rd. In the finals, Truls took the win in the first 2 finals, but he forgot to marshall after the 2nd final and had his result nulled and in the 3rd final he had problems, so he ended the race in 5th leaving Markus Alvestad to take his first win from Knut E Enger in 2nd and Petter Berntsen in 3rd. In the modified touring class Adrian Berntsen took the pole position from Helge Johannessen in 2nd and Georg Ellingsen in 3rd. After a problem in final 1, Johannessen managed to take the win in the 2nd and 3rd finals to take the overall win with Adrian Bernsten finishing 2nd and Petter Solvberg 3rd.
Team Titan have announced the release of these 26T, 16T & 18T pulleys for use in the Kyosho Evolva 05/M3, Mugen MRX-4X and Motonica-P8.0R. Made from hard coated aluminium, they weigh the same as the original plastic pulleys but provide 3 times the durability and have a better resistance to dirt build up, which means you don’t need to clean them after running.
Diggity Designs have released their newest 1/12th kit, which has been based on the same race winning design as used in their previous 3D12 kit but then updated with new features. The main feature allows you to mount brushless ESC’s on the side of the chassis and install brushless motors without any wire problems and you can now also mount your electronics as far to the rear as possible. They have also widened the rear outer springs location to help with mounting brushless motors and to improve performance and stability.
We received reports from both the 1st and 2nd round of the Danish DRCMU indoor championships held in Tinglev and Fakse. Round 1 was held in Tinglev near the German border and a few German racers were competing at the event. The drivers were greeted with a high speed track with a very good flow, and many drivers liked it a lot.
The third running of the annual Serpent Nations Cup took place over the weekend in beautiful sunshine at the Monsanto track in Lisbon, Portugal, where 16 teams representing seven Nations gathered to race for the pride of their country. Previously an exclusive 1:8 scale event, the 2007 edition saw the introduction of the 1:10 Nations Cup and the first 200mm touring car competition attracted drivers from Ireland, France, Spain, Holland, Sweden and host nations Portugal. After 44 Nations Cup races run over the 2 days the 2007 Serpent Nations Cup had come to a close in the most dramatic way possible. Team Portugal (1) had won Leg 2 by 2 points leaving them equal on 163 points with Leg 1 winners and defending Champions Team Netherlands. Unfortunately for the host nation the tie break would be determined on the number of wins achieved by each team and this meant the Cup was returning to Holland with Team Netherlands drivers Rob Kuyper, Stanley Bauer, John Ermen and Miquel Hereijgers. Third overall went to Team Austria. In 1:10, Team Spain’s quest to secure the first ever Nations Cup title was never seriously threatened and the squad of Oscar Cabezas, Rodrigo Pahissa, Javier Hidalgo, Adrian Ortiz and David Lopez deservedly claimed top honours. Completing the 1:10 podium where Team Portugal (1) and a delighted Team France.