Serpent have released these new 1mm thick spacers that are suitable for the optional OS2 front wheel axles on the Serpent 960’08, allowing easy adjustment of the front offset. Machined from aluminium, the spacers are tapered on the face that presses against the wheel bearing, ensuring that they don’t damage the bearing by rubbing against the outer part of the wheel axle bearing. Sold in a set of 4, they are used in combination with the standard 0.2mm thick wheel axle shims.
Xceed RC, in collaboration with Italian company Sprint RC and former F1 mechanic Pietro Corradini, are pleased to announce this new Zytec 1/8th scale body shell. Tested extensively by World Vice Champion Andrea Cristiani, its design allows for great top speed and good cornering traction thanks to its low and flat front and side wing design. Also incredibly stable at high speed as well as under braking, the new shell sports clearance at the front for the shock tower and upper wishbones as well as having very stiff sides thanks to a special built in shape. Available in 1mm and 0.75mm thick versions, it is on the 2008 list of EFRA homologated body shells (#31501).
The R.A.M.S. club of Northern California, located in Santa Clara just south of San Francisco, had a race to celebrate the clubs 40th year of continuous running. For this race they had a full turnout of 130 entrants for both sedan 10th scale and 8th scale which included some old members who were invited out to the race and as a result many past members showed up and brought out their old cars and radio gear. The racing saw the 1/8th scale TQ go to Mugen team driver Mike Swauger, while in Sedan it was Jeffery Lin from OFNA that took top honours. With each class getting a 45 minute A-main, held in perfect California sunshine, it was Mike Swauger that won in 8th scale followed by Kyosho racer Jim Adkins and Ron Collangi, also a Mugen driver, in 3rd spot. In the sedan class it was Ralph Burch that took the win with his Xray followed by Jeffery Lin for OFNA, and young Kyosho driver Michael Palazzola in 3rd.
Xray have released this Alu chassis brace for T2’008, which has been CNC-machined from high-grade aluminium. It is recommended for carpet tracks with medium to super-high traction. Also suggested to use when the used tires have a lot of natural traction (for example soft compound tires) but also for tires which have type of insert which create a lot of air inside the tire. This will make the car easier to drive with smoother steering and the car will not “stop” in the corner.
Round one of the BRCA Touring car Nationals took place at Aldershot and it was Yokomo racer, and defending Champion, Chris Grainger who was the early pace setter in the modified class. Chris held the top spot in qualifying overnight but was pipped to FTD by Olly Jefferies in the last round of wet qualifying. For leg 1 of the A-main Chris made a decision to go out on slicks on the drying track, while the rest of field remained on intermediates and it was this decision that proved to be best one as he could get passed Olly and take the leg win. Leg 2 and it rained just as the cars left the grid, and with grip at a premium Chris eased past Olly in the damp conditions but as it dried out Olly gave chase but Chris had done enough during the damp part of the race to build up a sufficient lead to take the win. Leg 3 went in favour of Olly but Chris had done enough in the first 2 legs to take the overall victory with Olly 2nd and Ben Cosgrove 3rd.
Round 2 of the BRCA British 1/8th scale circuit National Championships took place at the Halifax track last weekend. Qualifying, which was run on a damp track, saw Serpent driver Mark Green claim the pole position in front of team mate Tim Wood in 2nd and Mugen racer Andy North 3rd. With the final underway and the track starting to dry, it was Tim Wood who made the most of the changeable conditions to get into the lead and eventually take the win ahead of team mates Mark Green and Pete Hastings.
The opening round of the Swiss 1/8th scale circuit Championships was run at the weekend on the Wallisellen track, near Zurich in the North of the country. Qualification took place on Saturday, under sunny skies and 20 degree temperatures, and it was Serpent racer Shasa Lackner who was the fastest with a time of 22 laps in in 5.05.478, 2 seconds quicker than the pole record of fellow Serpent driver Markus Geissendorf from 2007. The finals were run on Sunday, again in warm conditions, and at the start of the A-main Shasa went straight into the lead and continued to pull away from the rest of the field until 5 minutes from the end of the race when his gearbox got stuck in 2nd gear. This allowed Luca Martinelli to get past and win by 7 seconds with Shasa holding on to 2nd place overall, to claim the Junior class win, with Marco Müller completing the top 3.
Held last weekend at the Gubbio track in Italy, was the first Italian Open Champion Race for 1/10th 200mm touring cars. Featuring a number of big name racers, including Top US racer Chris Tosolini, qualifying saw current European Champion Dario Balestri take the pole position for the main final ahead of Francesco Tironi in 2nd and Sirio team mate Tosolini lining up 3rd. The start of the final saw Balestri jump into the lead where he stayed until 5 minutes when he ran out of fuel, leaving D’Angelo to pick up the lead, but he too had problems and Tosolini could pick up the lead, from where he controlled the rest of the race to take the chequered flag 3 laps in front of Tironi in 2nd, with the final podium spot going to Davide Gallesi, giving Sirio and Kyosho a complete lock out of the top 3. The race was also part of the Italian Championship Expert Class and being the first Italian home, Francesco Tironi picked up the title.
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