He was the Top Qualifier here in Denmark last year and after the second round of qualifying for the 2009 DHI Cup Teemu Leino is now the fastest man after just pipping team-mate & Round 1 pace setter Alexander Hagberg by 1/100th of a second. The flying Finn clocked up 21 laps in 307.20 after putting in a clean run. Leino said his car is good but getting a clean run is very difficult due to the inconsistency of the track surface, something which all the drivers are having to battle with here this weekend.
The first day of action at the 2009 DHI Cup has come to a close and it is Alexander Hagberg who has taken first blood by setting the pace in the opening qualifier. After over 12 hours of running today the final heat saw the Swedish factory Xray driver post the fastest time recording 21 laps in 307.88 seconds with local ace and former European Champion Jonas Kaerup next up just over a second adrift.
Serpent have release some CAD images of their new 1/8th scale chassis, the 966. Retaining the same front end as on the 960, the main innovations happen at the rear end where there is a completely new assembly. More accessible and stronger, the rear bulkheads are made from aluminium and sport a seperate set of blocks for both the 2-speed shaft/brakes and the lower suspension arm mounts. The rear axle eccenters have been made from aluminium and together with the anodising, the new materials help to create a perfect alignment for all the moving parts. Other changes include a carbon fibre upper suspension arm mount, new chassis plate & chassis stiffeners and updated, smoother shock absorbers.
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Max Power have announced that 2008 Italian National Champion Guido Barbera has joined their team for the 2009 season. The former Sirio team driver, and former electric racer, appreciates the super bottom end power of the Max 12 engine and this was a big factor in his decision. Guido, who races the Xray NT1, will be working towards a good result in this years European Championship which takes places in Gubbio, Italy later in the year.
Seen in the Corally pits at the DHI Cup in Denmark, which Red RC are covering live, is the new yet to be released follow up to the RDX Phi, the Phi 2. Featuring a new chassis as well as new front and rear bulkheads, the car has essentially been designed to accept LiPo cells. Retaining the same transmission from the previous car, the upper deck is now higher thanks to changes made to the bulk heads and this enables the LiPo packs to fit. Some other new changes include wider set lower wishbone supports as well as the all new chassis itself.
EAST have announced the upcoming release of a carbon look version of their popular Civic 1/10th touring car bodyshell. Sold in carbon fibre finish, the windows unfortunately aren’t see through, but the shell is supplied with the light and grill decals as seen in the photos. Same body, different look – perfect for racers with good eyesight who really like carbon fibre.
Japanese company Kawahara have released this new ultra cool 1/8th scale on road brake disk. Suitable for use inside Mugen, Kyosho and Serpent chassis’, the disk has been made from special steel and due to the many holes in the surface, has great heat dissipation and is super lightweight.
Schumacher have confirmed that the current BRCA National TC Champion Chris Grainger has joined the team here at Schumacher Racing. The former Yokomo racer has dominated the UK Touring car scene for many years winning the title for the last four seasons. He will add even more strength to an already talented line up that now includes, Chris, Lee Woodhams, Chris Ashton, Matt White, Colin Price and Russ Williams for the modified class. Chris will use the new Mi3.5 and continue with GM products which are also distributed by Schumacher in the UK. When contacted for comment, Chris had the following to say:
I would like to take this opportunity to Thank very much Team Yokomo Japan and CML Distribution in the UK, I have had some great years with both, and could not of wished for nicer people to work with,special thanks to Tom, Masami, Umino Zapper, and Robert, at Yokomo and Jason, Mark, and Dave, at CML.