3 Racing, makers of after market upgrade parts for R/C Cars, have just released the 2nd version of their Automatic tire truer. As with the first generation truer, it has a variable speed fully-automatic truing cycle, adjustable sanding edge and comes supplied with wheel adaptors for 1/8, 1/10 and 1/12 scale tires. What’s new is that you can now power it using built in batteries, similar to a starter box, it now has a handle and comes supplied in an extra light-weight protection box.
Last weekend Team Kyosho 1:8 on road nitro driver, and 2006 Class 2 race winner, Lars Hoppe moved back into electric powered racing for the winter. The former Corally team driver and 2006 DHI-Cup winner was debuting his new 1:12th Corally in the first round of the qualification of the North German region in Hildesheim. It turned out to be a perfect weekend for the Corally team, with Lars going on to win the modified class while Jan Asmer took the win in the Stock class.
Atomic RC have released yet more optional parts for their favourite 1/10th 200mm, the Xray NT1. Adding to their already extensive line-up, the new parts include a reinforced rear stabilizer mount, aluminium 7075 hex wheel adapters and middle mounts for the radio tray. Also newly available is a lightweight 2nd gear adapter, an aluminium center shaft mounting bracket, a flex-control engine mount set, lightweight delrin adjustable nut for use on the 8.4mm pivot balls and finally a graphite brake linkage set.
Xray are reporting on the recent Rebellion race organized by the small MMR club in Mäntsälä and which attracted top foreign racers such as Marc Fisher, Federico Sala and Ivan Laptev. The modified class saw the pole position go to Xray team driver Teemu Leino and he also took control in the finals, winning the first 2 of 3 which secured him the overall win in front of Corally racer Marc Fisher in 2nd with Yokomo driver Viljami Kutvonen in 3rd.
Serpent are reporting that John Sotiropoulos has made the perfect defence of his Greek 1:8 National Championship title winning the final round of the Championship at Arena track to claim the 2007 crown. Driving a Serpent 960, Sotiropoulos TQ’d the event ahead of team-mate Mimis Papadopoulos and in the final Sotiropoulos stormed to victory ahead of 2nd placed Kirikos Anastasiadis racing a Mugen, while Papadopoulos brought his car home 3rd.
Team Titan have released a new range of high quality, very durable, pinion gears for the Motonica P8.0R and Mugen MRX-4X. Available in 16T, 17T, 20T and 21T, they have been made from hard coated high quality 7075-T6 aluminium and claim to last twice the time as the original versions.
Last weekend saw the Coupe de France for 1/8th scale run at the MRTE circuit near the town of Evry, close to Paris. Qualification saw recently crowned French National Champion Nicolas Guillot take the pole position for Mugen from Kyosho racer Stéphane Riccobono, with Adrien Siegfried in 3rd also for Kyosho. As with the Nationals, there are no direct qualifiers and all racers must take part in the Semi Finals to determine the final starting order and it was Stéphane Bouche that was quickest lining up first for the main final in front of Adrien Siegfried. In the main final it was a good start for Bouche and Siegfried who immediately took the lead however it was Bouche that was to have a coming together with another racer, knocking him out of the lead and down to 3rd behind Siegfried who took over the lead and Guillot who moved up into 2nd. Close to the end of the racer Siegfried also had some troubles which caused him to slow and allowed Guillot through into the lead and to take the win and Bouche up into 2nd, while Siegfried eventually finished 3rd.
We have been contacted by the organisers of the Xceed Challenge Cup in the Netherlands to let all our EP Touring Car racing visitors in Europe know about this upcoming event. Held on the new indoor facility from the MACH club in Heemstede, near Amsterdam airport, the race takes place November 24th and 25th this year, and has already attracted a number of quality drivers from around Europe. Entry is currently open and closes on November the 5th so be sure to get your entry in straight away to avoid dissapointment.