We received a quick update from the Durango team, who are present at this weeks European Championships in Finland, on todays 4wd practice. Durango team driver Jörn Neumann, who finished 8th in the 2wd class event, set the fastest lap time after 7 rounds of practice just in front of newly crowned 2wd European Champion Neil Cragg, driving the Yokomo BX, while Tamiya driver Hupo Hönigl ended the day with the 3rd quickest lap time. Friday sees final practice and the beginning of qualifying with the final qualfiying rounds and the finals taking place on Saturday.
Xray are reporting on their site from last weekends US Monster truck Championships that were run on the Johnny Cool Guy Raceway in Euless, Texas. Team driver Rocco Margiotta reports on the race:
After a bad start for both Jason and I, Jason put the petal down and pulled away from me and within a couple minutes was battling with McCrary and Battaile for the top spot. The top three guys, including Jason and Mike would switch spots very frequently throughout the rest of the race, until Battaile (running Losi) broke which let McCrary and Branham take off with me in third. McCrary and Branham would swap places a few more times for the rest of the race until Jason pulled away slightly at the end of the race, which resulted in an all XT8 podium!
Team Losi have announced the release of this Race Roller version of their ROAR National Championship winning 8ight buggy. Featuring all of the same innovative features and specs that made the 8ight competition buggy a winner are carried over to this Race Roller, but instead of coming as a build it yourself kit, it comes factory assembled and ready to go.
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KO Propo have announced the upcoming release of their latest hi-end product, the new PDS 2386 truggy servo. This servo offers over 240 OZ IN of torque and is fully metal geared throughout, with a new motor, built in heat sink, bushing collared upper case and a re-engineered final gear. A prototype of this servo was used to finish in 2nd place at last years 1/8th scale Worlds in the car of former team driver Scott Hughes. Available in August.
According to the Trinity website this is a spy shot of a new cooling head for the Adam Drake line of Trinity engines. I thought it was nice that the spy gave Trinity the photo and the permission to put it on their website…
Check this “Spy Shot” taken by an unknown source in the building at Trinity. It shows a negative of a new Trinity Product before it even has a part number. Ask your local hobby shop to call and ask about it asap.
South Korea based GR Racing have produced yet another work of art as far as the workmanship is concerned as seen in photos relased from their latest project. Taking the GO Tech 21R buggy engine, GR Racing have done lots of work to it to get it up to a claimed 2.85hp @ 39.000 rpm. This 5 port engine features tear dropping work on the liner, lightening and optimising of the crankshaft, some internal porting as well as the use of ceramic bearings throughout. No release date has yet been given.
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Axe Cobra, the Italian engine manufacturer that has just won the European Championships with Robert Batlle, have announced that the engine that powered the Spanish driver to the title will be available for sale in September. The engine, called the 214R21 COBRA X1, features a new crankshaft with a special plastic insert, a rear ceramic ball bearing, turbo glow plug head and other small changes.
The 2007 European Championships for electric powered buggies are being run in Vaasa, Finland this week and already the 2wd event is history. Qualifying saw a dominant display by current World Champion Neil Cragg, the Associated driver winning all 5 heats to stamp his authority on the event and claim the pole position. The 2nd place went to Hupo Honigl racing a Losi buggy while in 3rd was another Associated, that of Lee Martin. In the finals it was again all about Cragg who won the first 2 finals and with it the crown, but he didnt have it all his own way having been heavily hounded by Lee Martin in final 2, a roll by Martin saw his chance for the win over and the crown go to Cragg. Neil sat out the 3rd final and this allowed Martin to take the win and with it the 2nd place overall, while the last step of the podium went to Honigl in 3rd.