Last weekend saw the first round of the 2007 Spanish 1/8th scale National Championships held at the ARCA track in Madrid. The race effectively belonged to reigning Spanish National Champion Oscar Cabezas, who not only claimed pole position after qualifying, but also set the fastest lap in the heats and set a new track record in the final. On top of that the Serpent driver won the race ahead of Josue Artiles with Carlos Peracho in 3rd, getting the young SDD drivers title defense off to a perfect start.
Last weekend saw the Norwegian Nationals take place on a large indoor track organised by the Spydeberg Motorklubb. In 19T it was young 13 year old Xray driver Adrian Berntsen who won 4 of the 5 qualifying rounds to take the TQ spot. In the race Adrien managed to carry forward his qualifying pace to win 2 finals to take the National title, despite huge pressure from fellow Xray racer Helge Johannessen who ended up 2nd with Tamiya racer Morten Bremsrud in 3rd. In the Modified class it Helge Johannessen managed to win all the qualfiying rounds to take the TQ spot ahead of Tamiya racer Eirik Andreassen and Adrian Bernsten. In the race it was even closer with Helge taking the win in final 1 with Eirik in 2nd while in final 2 these results were reversed meaning it all came down to the last final.
So in the third final Eirik and I went off with only 0.1sec between us. But I drove safely, and felt that I had full control from the start. After 2 minutes, Eirikâ€™s car broke down, and I secured the win.
Kyosho racer MickaÃ«l Pontal has won the first round of the French 1/10th 200mm Nationals held last weekend at the Ampuis circuit, near Lyon. In Qualifying it was Picco powered Kyosho racer BA Arnaldi that took the top qualifying spot with team mate Sebastian Wartelle in 2nd and Xray racer Nicolas Bougnoteau in 3rd. In the final everything started well for Arnaldi who pulled out a strong lead but MickaÃ«l Pontal only making pit stops every 6 minutes managed to catch Arnaldi whos tires were starting to wear. Soon Pontal could take the lead and with it the win, leaving Arnaldi to come home in 2nd with Wartelle in 3rd.
As we mentioned last week, the new EFRA engine regulations were causing some conflicts with whether they should be adopted this year or not, but it was finally decided that for an engine to be legal for racing this year it must conform to the 2006 EFRA rules. This ruling, which calls for a crankshaft with a 7mm inner diameter and with maximum chamfer of 0.5mm, would cause problems for the new GRP made .12 motors, which were only made to the 2007 EFRA regualtions. Despite that ruling there were Ninja engines present at the event, so they must have been able to manufacture a different crankshaft for the motors or found some other solution.
Elliot Harper continued his winning ways, this time by TQ’ing and winning the final round of the Rug Racers championship that took place last weekend. The Hot Bodies racer tried a variety of different setup options on his way to the top qualifying spot and then managed to win both finals to take the overall win in the Modified class.
Hot Bodies have released these matched high quality springs for use with their World Championship winning on road electric Cyclone chassis range. We wrote about these springs last Christmas when they were originally released under the Atsushi Hara Products brand, but now they are available from Hot Bodies / HPI direct.
Featuring ground-flat ends, cool black coating and a simple paint marking to identify the strength of the spring, these are the ultimate Cyclone tuning spring. The springs are each 25mm long and will fit a variety of shock absorbers from various manufacturers.
Last week we reported on the running of the New Zealand Nationals for Electric touring that were held at the Manawatu track in which Jake Zarb won the pro class. Well at the same event in the Stock class it was Leon Dravitzki that was fastest in qualifying and took the pole position spot ahead of Stephen Li in 2nd and Philip Wong in 3rd. Once in the race Leon could easily take the win in the first and second final to take the overall title ahead of Li and Wong who finished 2nd and 3rd repectively.
Truespeed, sponsors of Paul LeMieux and other quick drivers, have released their latest 19 turn brushed motor. The Blaze is a hand wound Modified motor for oval racing and while I’m sure its quick i don’t know anything else about it other than that.
The 2007 ROAR Carpet Nationals, that took place at the CEFX Raceway in Toledo Ohio, are over and this years event was full of exciting and close racing. In the Touring Mod class it was Xray driver Barry Baker that caused the upset by taking the win ahead of pole man, and Corally team driver, Chris Tosolini who finished 2nd. Trinity racer Mike Blackstock finished this event in 3rd ahead of team mate Mike Dumas, with track owner Josh Cyrul in 5th. In the 1/12th Mod class it all went to plan for pole man Mike Dumas who won the event, albeit needing a time tie breaker to take the position, ahead of a close 2nd placed Mike Blackstock with Josh Cyrul taking the final podium spot in 3rd. The 19T touring class ended as it had started with Xray driver Paul LeMieux winning the event ahead of team mate Travis Schreven with Josh Cyrul once more gaining a podium spot in the 3rd spot.
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