Following up on the news that Multiple World finalist Mark Green had signed for Novarossi comes today’s announcement to confirm some sponsors for the 2009 season. For his tires, chargers, power supply and cells Mark will be using Xceed RC products as he did last year and will partner up with new sponsor RW Racing for pinion and spur gear, while of course he will continue to run the full range of Serpent cars across the different disciplines.
Fresh from two wins and five A main showings at the Snowbirds, Schumacher USA have announced that Mike Haynes will join their racing tea. Already a Speed Passion factory team driver, Mike now makes Schumacher USA his one stop shop for both chassis and power. Schumacher USA representative Shawn Palmer stated that “Mike has done a tremendous amount of on-track testing and development for our Speed Passion ESC and motor line, and we’re certainly looking forward to his insights going forward with our on road chassis program as well. He is a wealth of information for his new teammates, and I know we’ll all benefit greatly having him on the team”. Mike works at his home track, 360 RC Speedway & Hobbies in West Babylon NY which is one of the most active racing facilities in the Northeast and recent host of a ROAR regional championship and he had the following to say about the deal:
I’m looking forward to running the Mi3.5 since there is so much to tinker with on it. In the past I have wished there was a fine adjustment for various items, and the Mi3.5 has just that, but for everything on the car! The rest of the team has already helped me out a great deal by providing information about the car and it will make the transition to Schumacher that must easier.
The organizers of the World famous Reedy Race of Champions were in contact to let us know about the 2009 running of the event that will take place from the 21st to 24th of May at Speedworld Raceway & Hobbies in Roseville, California. Won last year by Atsushi Hara, Speedworld is no question one of the premier facilities in the US and the organizing team are all very excited to bring the RROC back to this track. The race is open for 3 classes – 13.5, Modified and of course Invitational and for those looking to go, the best airport to fly into is SMF. They will have entries open early, and deadline will be early, so make sure you start planning now. We will let you know further information when we get it.
German company Alien Power have sent us a teaser shot of their first entry into the car market, the Raptor 18TC. Very little is known about the new car, other than it will be a 4wd belt driven high end touring car platform and that it will be made mostly of carbon fibre, a sign of its racing intentions. More photos and details will be available in the near future.
As we know already, the guys at Capricorn RC in Italy have been very busy lately with their new Serpent 960 Electric conversion set, which we showed you the first parts from last week. They have been in touch to update us with their progress and by the looks of the new photos, they have a track ready car to test. The plan is to now go testing and based on their findings they will make some final optimizations prior to releasing the conversion set. We will of course keep you posted of further developments.
The opening round of the Czech EP TC Winter Championship took place last weekend in Trutnov, Czech Republic and was attended by 93 racers across 4 classes, Modified, Stock, 1/12th and 1/18th. The event also hosted the 2nd round of the Open Tour Trutnov series and this was won in both Stock and Modified by 14 times Czech champion Martin Korinek racing an Xray. In the Winter Championship Stock class it was Hot Bodies racer Jakub Plechac that topped the timesheets after qualifying and went on to win all 3 A-main legs to take the overall from Serpent racer Tomas Svoboda in 2nd and last years Winter Champion Vojtech Novicky racing for Xray in 3rd. In the Modified category there was a big fight between current Winter Champion Michal Bok racing for Xray and Summer Champion Zdenek Hamak with Hot Bodies, but in the third round of qualification it was Michal who was quickest and took TQ. In the finals, the first leg went to Zdenek, but in the second and third leg Michal was lucky and was able to take the overall with Zdenek finishing in 2nd, with the final step of the podium going to Jan Moravek. The championship continues in two weeks in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic and it will finish in Trebic in the middle of March.
Serpent team driver Andrea Cristiani is reporting on the Trofeo AS Hobby Racing that took place in cold conditions last weekend at the famous Fiorano track. Trying out his new Serpent 966 chassis for the first time the Vice World Champion immediately set the pace and had overnight pole position heading into Sunday. Following 2 more qualification rounds on Sunday, in which Andrea managed to destroy the lap record by 0.23 of a second, he secured the pole position. In the race he wasn’t challenged and led home a Serpent/Max 1-2-3 with Alberto Tedeschi taking 2nd and Sandro Sammarini 3rd, and got to take home a huge Ham for his troubles.
Xceed RC have announced details of new lightweight versions of their 1/12th scale rims. Suitable for most 1/12th scale chassis, the new tires and wheels combination are made in the same factory as their gas on road tires in Italy and now feature the new lightweight material for the rim. This new semi transparent material aids performance by reducing rotating mass yet is still strong enough to withstand your car clipping a track board. Available in the usual rang of shores for the front and rear.