December 28th saw the successful running of the first Irish Christmas Grand Prix meeting for EP 190mm Touring Cars, which was organised by the Lucan Model Car Club on the club’s polished floor indoor venue in Celbridge. The event attracted 21 competitors as EP racing continues to show great growth in the country. In qualifying it was Schumacher driver Derek McCloskey who claimed the top spot ahead of the Serpent S400 trio of Chris Lawlor, winner of the recent Munster Grand Prix, Keith Dempsey and Steven Brock. The A Final, run over two Legs, saw Lawlor take the opening victory ahead of McCloskey with Tony Kavanagh’s Associated completing the podium. In Leg 2, McCloskey managed to convert his TQ position in to a win which was enough to secure overall top honours as Lawlor managed just third. Taking second in Leg 2 and third overall was Keith Dempsey, who recorded the fastest lap in each leg of the Final.
Japanese company Rony have released 2 new items of interest recently, the first of which is the introduction of this 1/24th scale Lola body shell. Suitable for use on Mini Z chassis, this high downforce body has been made from lexan and is clear when you buy it so you can customise it with your own paint scheme. Also new from Rony is this great pit lane tool carrier called the Pit Man, which is made from aluminium and carries your fuel bottle, fuel gun and other tools and can be folded up flat when not in use.
New from TGR for their Sinister mini scale chassis, is this friction damping system. Unusual in its design, it not only performs damping but also helps keep the front and rear of the chassis level. Additionally with the help of this system you can even remove the rear side springs to gain higher traction when combined with the thicker suspension plates.
We recently heard the unconfirmed report that top Dutch International racer and Mugen team driver Rick V has followed in the footsteps of his American counterpart Mike Swauger and joined JP Racing for the 2008 season. Although currently unconfirmed, Rick had had a difficult World Championship in Argentina when he could only manage a place in the 1/8th final, a bad result for a multiple European finalist and World semi finalist. Rick returns to the French assembled JP Racing motors, the powerplant that helped him make a name for himself before moving over to use GRP motors when they were initially released. We will let you know further details when the deal is confirmed.
Hot Bodies have been busy in the run up to Christmas with the release of the new Worlds edition Cyclone D4 and the carpet version of the Cyclone touring car. Now comes the new thicker version of the Cyclone 12 chassis which has been made from 2.5mm thick carbon fibre in place of the standard 2.0mm thick version. This new thicker plate stiffens up the whole car and improves its performance in high grip conditions.
Active Hobby have released images of the production version of their A210SS touring car chassis. As we showed you before this car has been designed with sports racing in mind and is essentially a reduced size 190mm touring car with dual belts, front C-hub system, front and rear ball diffs as well as front and rear CVD’s. The car is still a true racing machine with a low centre of gravity, stiff chassis, adjustable settings such as toe and roll centres and has lightweight carbon fibre used throughout.
More new products from Hot Bodies with the release of some carpet spec parts for the Cyclone touring car. The backbone of this carpet upgrade is the new 3.6mm thick carbon fibre chassis plate which has been machined on the top side for fitting the bearing blocks as well as the included battery trays. Also for carpet racing is a 2.5mm thick carbon fibre upper deck and rear upper plate, both with stiffening arms, while there is a new rear shock tower that has been optimised for carpet racing.
More new products from K-Factory with the release of a number of new items for the Team Magic G4. Starting with the release of a full set of new belts for the front, rear and side of the G4, these ZF belts are super low friction and use a unique construction method to form the teeth, so the belt won’t break easily and lasts longer. Also new for the G4 are a set of 3 aluminium Ackermann plates that not only give you extra adjustment options but also increase the strength around pivot ball mount in the event of an impact.