H.A.R.D. Racing have announced that 1/10 200mm IFMAR World Champion Daniele Ielasi will use their H6 starter box during the 2009 season. This compact on road starter box has been designed with improved performance, user friendly features and advanced circuitry which helps produce better torque when starting your 1/10th of 1/8th scale on road engines.
Schumacher have announced the signing of top UK touring car racer Lee Woodhams to their team. Lee will pilot the new Mi3.5 and additional Schumacher distributed items for 2009 in the Modified class. Not only a ‘Mr Nice Guy’, Lee has competed at the top level for many years and made all the UK National A finals last year, was an impressive 6th at the KO GP and 3rd in the competitive Carpet Wars Championship.
RB Products have signed French racer Michael Derderian to use their engines for 2009. The former Serpent and Mega racer, and 5th place finisher at last year’s European B Championships, will use the latest .12 motor from the French manufacturer to power his Xray NT1. Michael had the following to say about the deal:
To me it was very clear, there was absolutely no doubt. RB engines dominated the A and B French championship this year, won the title in both categories and made numerous pole positions. Cherry on the cake: these engines have a very low fuel consumption and are also very easy to tune. As for the RB SpeedLine tires, I know them perfectly, I wouldn’t change for anything in the world.
Held at the new TR Speedway, the ‘TRS Mugen Open Cup’ was co-organised by City Hobby from Hong Kong and the event featured former World Champion and current Japanese national Champion Keisuke Fukuda as well as Yuruki san from Japan as well as other top drivers from Hong Kong, Macau and China. We received the following report from front running Shepherd driver Chris Lee.
We were contacted by the organisers of the 2009 KO Propo Mini-Z Grand Prix set to take place on the 7th of March this year in the San Francisco Bay area. Run at the Inside Line Racing purpose built Mini-Z facility, the event will be open to everyone with classes including F1, 2wd, AWD, Mini Sport, Super sport sedan and Sportsman Super sport sedan.
VP Pro have introduced a full line-up of option parts for the Xray NT1 200mm chassis. Positioned under the Pro-Cision name, the options include titanium CVD axles & pivot balls, aluminium rear anti-roll bar set, wheel adaptors and shaft spacers as well as new front anti-roll bars and a hard coated alu brake disc. Expect more products for the on road market in the near future.
The organisers of the 2009 Snowbird Nationals have been in touch to remind everyone that entries are now open. With only a month to go until the race kicks off, already racers from around the World are registering. This year’s Snowbirds feature classes for everyone, with a mix of fun and competitive choices, making the race exciting and enjoyable for all involved. The Snowbirds has 45+ contributing sponsors coming with their teams and representatives, so you can’t miss this chance to be a part of it.
Top Italian Mugen racer and multiple World and European Championship finalist Walter Salemi has signed to use SM engines for the 2009 season. The former GRP racer, whose contract ended recently has joined the Schepis Models team to use their new engines. Walter has yet to announce his new tire sponsor.