Current Irish 1:8 on road National Champion Clive Connolly has announced that he will double his 2008 Irish campaign and head Team Serpent Ireland’s challenge for 1:10 200mm title honours. The Multiple 1:8 National Champion, who will race a Serpent 960 08 both in Ireland and Europe this season, was attracted to the 1:10 Championship by the competitiveness of the class in Ireland, with this year’s 6 round national series expected to attracted 30 plus drivers per event making for one of the best ever seasons of 200mm racing in the country. For his 1:10 campaign Connolly will race Serpent’s latest 720 08 which will be powered by Mega ZX engines.
Tecrotec driver Nacho López carried forward his current run of form to last weekend’s opening round of the Spanish 1/8th Nationals, held in Cádiz. Both practice and qualifying were run in wet conditions and this left Nacho having to start from the semi finals. On Sunday, the Picco powered driver was able to win his semi and start the main from 5th position behind Carlos Peracho and Oscar Cabezas, among others. After some problems for Cabezas the fight was then between Peracho and Nacho with the latter managing to conserve his tires better and was able to take the victory by 4 seconds at the end of the 45 minute final. Shepherd racer Carlos Peracho was 2nd with Victor Gonzalez a further 3 laps back in 3rd. The next round of the Nationals will be held on the Valencia track, host of this years 1/8th scale European Championships.
Shepherd Micro Racing have announced that they have finally released the Velox, 1/8th scale nitro on road chassis. Packed with innovative and high performance features, the most noticeable of which is the all-new Velox ‘Direct-V-Brake System’ (DVB-System), a system that provides durable and powerful braking through the use of rear axle mounted brake disks and a cable activated braking system. Upon applying the brake on your transmitter, the cable pulls two rear levers that clamp the brake pads against the twin, long life, ventilated disks providing strong and consistent braking performance every time. At the front of the Velox is the car’s steering servo saver that sports a quick one-step easily adjustable Ackerman setting. Using one screw, the user can loosen, easily adjust the setting and re-tighten the front part of the servo saver, enabling quick Ackerman adjustments even while on the track.
The first round of the Ukrainian Championships took place recently at an indoor track in Nikopol. The race was open to both touring car and buggies and in both it was LRP team driver Dmitriy Chub that took the win. Racing a Tamiya chassis in each class, he TQ’d the touring class and won ahead of team mate Nikita Dimbitskiy, with Xray driver Anton Buga in 3rd. In the buggy class, it was Evgen Brajko that was quickest in the qualifying session, but he dropped to 3rd by the end of the final behind 2nd placed Andriy Boyko, while Chub managed to work his way to the front and take the win.
Last weekend saw the running of the Carpet Wars World Cup, a 2 day event that saw International interest with Marc Fisher making the trip from Germany for the race. After Saturdays qualifying it was Kevin Brunsden on pole but a quick run in the final qualifying heat on Sunday saw Olly Jefferies take the top spot by 0.6 of a second. Leg 1 of the finals saw some problems for the front runners and this allowed Glen Doman through for the win ahead of Elliot Harper, with Olly recovering to 3rd. The 2nd leg was better for Olly, taking the lead from the start and converting it into the win in front of Harper and Doman, while the final leg was again won by Olly, who took the overall win, in front of Elliot in 2nd who claimed the overall runner up spot and Glen coming home in 3rd overall.
Serpent are reporting that their team in Cyprus concluded another almost perfect weekend in during Round 2 of the Cyprus Nitro Challenge as the ‘Dream Team’ completed a 1-2 finish in the A-final. This time it was new signing, Andreas Charalambous’ turn to take the victory only seconds ahead of reigning Champion and team mate Nicholas Ζachariades. The two Serpent 960 drivers led the race throughout, after qualifying on the front row of the A Final grid. Both drivers pulled away from the rest of the pack right from the start of the race and battled each other for the win.
The 2nd round of the Puerto Rico National Championships was run last weekend at the country’s Isabela Track. Qualifying in 1/8th scale went the way of round 1 winner and Mugen racer Andy Báez and he carried forward that form to the final, taking an easy win ahead of the Kyosho pairing of Ito Nieves and Fernando Méndez. In the 1/10th 200mm class, the pole position went to Serpent racer Alfred Aeschliman but he had bad luck in the final and this enabled the Mugen driver Juan “My Bad” Rodríguez into the lead from where he could take the win. Just behind a recovering Andy Báez came up behind Serpent racer Edgar Tirado and with 3 minutes to go in the 45 minute final, was able to take the 2nd position from him.
Team Titan have released this 1/10th 200mm Blitz VDS Lola body shell. Creating lots of downforce, the front of the shell features 2 bubbles, close to the front axle line, that ensure the front of the body clears the shock towers present on most modern touring car chassis’. Made from 0.8mm thick high density polycarbonate, it is light and strong and comes supplied with decal sheet, wing and 4 piece side stiffener.