Xray are reporting on their site from last weekends CEN Nitro Invasion that took place at the Hobbies Xtreme Raceway in Bossier City, LA. The event was open to buggy and truggy and featured some realy hot competition from around the country. In the buggy class it was Jason Branham that took the TQ spot driving his Xray XB8EC and he went on to lead the 45 minute Pro Buggy final from start to finish, beating CEN racer Andrew Smolnick who came home 2nd. In the truggy class is was much the same, with Branham putting his XT8 on pole, and despite a crash at the start of the final could regain the lead, and take the win by 5 laps at the end of 45 minutes.
Hong Nor have released this new in-line, EFRA approved, 3 chamber tuned pipe which provides high torque while offering a wide range of RPM. Manufactured with high quality polished aluminum and then chrome anodised, this pipe should look new forever while the new design “Billet Stinger” means that you should never smash the stinger end again. Pipe includes 2 exhaust seals, springs, and a 4mm setscrew and is suitable for almost all buggies and monster trucks.
CEN Racing have contacted us to let us know that top Venezuelan racer Daniel Ferreira has joined their team. Daniel has established himself as one of the fastest drivers in South America with 3rd in the Venezuelan Championships for 4 consecutive years (2003-2006) and 2nd place in the 2007 South American Championship. Receiving the Matrix C-1 Factory Race Edition the night before the race, and with only 1 hour of practice, Daniel still managed to finish in 3rd position in his first big race representing CEN Racing in South America.
Last weekend saw the 3rd round of the BRCA 1/8th off road championship held at Holbeach which was a one off in that it is a two day event and is run to the EFRA christmas tree finals system. Unfortunately the terrible weather that was forecast arrived and so the qualifying sessions were cut from 5 rounds to 3 and were run in very wet conditions.
Round 1 saw HoBao returnee Dave Bailey take the win followed by Nats round 1 winner Neil Cragg and HoBao new boy David Crompton, thes guys were followed by Graham Alsop and Paul Bradby completing a CML/RB engine lock out of the top 5.
Round 2 saw Neil stretch the legs of the Associated RC8 and take the round quite comfortably from Jon Hazelwood and David Crompton. In round 3 the track was shortened slighty to remove the dirt corner that had become dangerous for the marshalls. In this round Neil obliterated the opposition and raced to a time that nobody could get within a second a lap of, Paul Bradby took second in round but 7 seconds behind the rampant RC8 and the next driver was Adrian Svensson who was 10 seconds adrift.This left the top 5 with Neil Cragg, Jon Hazelwood, David Crompton, Dave Bailey and Paul Bradby.
The weather had not improved the following morning and with half the pitting area under water the decision was taken to cancel the finals and take the results from qualifying.
The guys at Xray have been in touch to let us know that the Xray XT8 kits are now shipping to all distributors. The kits should be available in shops within the next few weeks. The first batch is limited, so make sure to pre-order yours. If you have been looking for the XRAY XT8, please contact your local dealer or national distributor.
A very brief update on the 2nd round of the Czech Nationals that was run last weekend by the RCACR. The race was won by Falcon powered Xray driver Lukas Zeman with his Xray team mate Petr Klatovsky in 2nd while 3rd place went to Jakub Musil racing for Mugen. Czech National Champion Martin Bayer had a difficult event finishing down the field in 9th.
A quick update on the 2nd round of the Hungarian 1/8th scale buggy Nationals that took place last weekend in Szolnok. The race was won by Ninja powered Mugen racer Pall Csaba while Kyosho racer Orsovai Dezso took 2nd place with the 3rd spot going to Szebelledi Laszlo racing a RB powered Xray XB8EC.
We wrote about some newly released products from German brand Orcan only last week, and now they have released 2 more products,exhaust systems to be exact. Manufactured by German company Mielke, the first exhaust system you see above is for .12 on road motors and has been designed to work best with Novarossi based engines, enhancing engine durability and performance. The second exhaust system is suitable for 3.5cc buggy motors and provides the same benefits as the smaller system with both exhausts featuring the Mielke SNAP technology and are both EFRA approved.
Click here to see the buggy exhaust system… content