Sweep Racing have developed this new Tire Formula X1, which is a tire cleaner for on road rubber tires. Sold in this 40ml bottle, this low odour substance can also be used as a traction compound for high bite indoor asphalt tracks.
Drivers are continuing to clock up the laps here in Gubbio and walking through the pits this evening one can see a lot more happy faces. One guy with a big smile on his face is World Champion Daniele Ielasi who is carrying all the hopes of 1:10 newcomer Shepherd on his shoulders. Running the sole Velox V10, the Italian said coming to the event he had set himself the goal of making the main final which would be like a victory for the car but the performance of the chassis in free practice is giving him the feeling they can aim higher. Running the same pace as the race favourites, Ielasi said the base set-up of the car is very good and this has allowed them to concentrate on trying lots of different things to see how the car reacts including large tyres.
Its another extremely hot day here in Italy as free practice for the 2009 EFRA 1:10 200mm European Championships continues at the beautiful Gubbio track. Drivers will get another six 10 minute sessions today but with no official timing we will have to wait till tomorrow’s controlled practice before we can get a clearer picture of who is doing what but many of the leading drivers say its going to be a very close competition.
Serpent have released this central stiffener for the rear of their 966 1/8th scale chassis. It connects the rear axle brackets with the 2-speed supports to reduce rear end flex when needed. Precision made from high grade aluminium, the part is supplied with 2 spring steel screws and will be available from August.
This week the beautifully presented Gubbio track in the centre of Italy plays host to the 2009 EFRA 1:10 200mm European Championships. After a one year break due to EFRA’s hosting of the World Championship in Portugal last year, the sixth European title will be awarded on Sunday evening to one of the 120 drivers, from 16 nations, up on the Formula one style podium. Amoung the quality entry are 8 of the 10 World Finalists including World Champion Daniele Ielasi and the Top Qualifier Jilles Groskamp. The defending European Champion Dario Balestri is aiming for a European Championship hat trick on home soil having held the title since 2006 when he won in the Netherlands.
The third qualification round for the German Championship, middle division, was held at the Rüsselsheim Ractrack three weeks ago. The conditions were very good for this race and following qualifying it was Yokomo driver Ronald Völker who won the first two Rounds of Qualifying in front of Xray Driver Steven Weiss, Marcel Geiger was in third and Martin Kruse in fourth. The other two Rounds of Qualifying were won by Steven Weiss in front of Roanld Völker. Steven set the TQ with the two fastest Rounds of Qualifying, Ronald was in second and Marcel Geiger in third. The first final went the way of Völker after a little mistake from Weiss but Steven came back in the second and third final to take the overall win in front of Volker, with Marcel Geiger in 3rd.
The fast flowing track at Cotswolds provided the venue at the weekend for round three of the BRCA 1:10 touring car championship. Wind and heavy rain made racing very difficult but a full entry of a 130 drivers braved the conditions for the two day meeting. In the Super Touring class Chris Grainger picked up where he left off at round two taking the victory with his Schumacher Mi4, second was Olly Jefferies for Associated with Ben Cosgrove third for Hot Bodies. Colin Price set FTD with his Mi4 and in the process set a new Cotswolds track record, the first in the UK nationals for a LiPo powered car. Motor problems for Colin in the finals saw him finish fifth just behind the Hot Bodies Cyclone of Andy Moore. Many of the top drivers then jetted straight off to Luxemburg after the event to practice for the Euros. In the Pro Stock class it was the Hot Bodies Cyclone of Johnny Bowden, winner of round 2, that took victory in front of a very impressive and on form Ayrton Anderson, Adam Meakin completed the podium with a very well deserved third place.
Jilles Groskamp and Balint Rajki are the 2008/2009 Muchmore Euro Touring Series Champions. The titles went right down to wire at the final round here in Andernach, Germany, with the Modified title actually ending in a points tie between Groskamp and current World Champion Marc Rheinard who was today’s winner. With identicial counting results and race TQ’s, they had to be seperated by qualifying positions handing Groskamp back to back titles. Having TQ’d and won the opening Leg of the A-Main Viktor Wilck looked set to claim his first ETS race win denying Rheinard the chance to challenge for the title but the former DHI Cup Champion made a slight mistake in the second final allowing Rheinard to win both legs and the final thanks to his faster race time.