Last week saw the 2009 Winternats run at the Ft Myers track in Florida, always the opening international gas race of the season. Qualifying saw Serpent racer Paolo Morganti TQ the 1/10th scale class while in 1/8th scale it was Mugen team driver Mike Swauger that had some serious pace in 1/8th scale to line up first. In Saturday’s finals it was Paolo Morganti that took the win in the 1/8th scale class with the new Serpent 966, finishing ahead of another Serpent driver Flavio Elias in 2nd , while Ralph Burch racing a Mugen took 3rd. In the 1/10th scale 200mm class it was again a Serpent win, this time for new ATS signing DJ Apolaro, who had a clear advantage of 3 laps over Xray driver Scott Rister in 2nd, with Chris Lefebvre a distant 3rd.
We pictured them during our coverage of last week’s Nuremberg toy fair but Team Orion have now officially released information on the two new starter boxes that have been added to their nitro product range. Complimenting their new Alpha range of engines, their is a choice of a Race Version or the larger Pro Version. Both are powered by a powerful 775 motor with the main differences apart from the visual look being that the Race model is make of rugged plastic while the casing on the Pro version is made of metal. The other key difference is the Pro starter box can be powered off a 12V battery. Both are available to suit both onroad and off road engine configurations.
The 2009 New Zealand On road Gas Nationals took place last weekend at the Ruapuna Raceway hosted by the Canterbury Radio Control Car Club and in attendance were several Australians including Peter and Steven Jovanovic. In the 1/10th scale class it was Steven and Peter Jovanovic that took 1st and 2nd respectively both running Kyosho chassis’, while in 3rd place was Mark Harling with the Xray NT1. In 1/8th scale there was another dominant performance by the Jovanovics, this time with Peter taking the win from Steven, both driving Motonica, with Selywn Duthie taking 3rd place driving a Mugen.
Capricorn RC in Italy have been crazy busy lately adding to their product range, even branching out into conversions and complete kits. Today they have released a number of new items including this great looking aluminium pit box. Sporting a carbon decal, the box is similar to others on the market with space for all the tools and parts you need to take into the pit-lane with you for that important race. Also new is their exhaust gas regulator and cooler, which like other systems can help you regulate the pressure between the muffler and the tank while at the same time cooling the exhaust gases to help improve fuel consumption. New for setting up your car is this red anodized setup system for touring cars and separately 1/8th scale on road. Supplied in a handy metal case, the system is ball raced for optimal precision. Finally, also for set up is their new aluminium gauge set, which includes 2 chassis droop gauge blocks, chassis droop gauge -5 to 10mm and a chassis ride height gauge with a range from 3-10mm.
The trophy presentation for the 2008 RCMC Singapore National Championships took place last weekend during the first round of the 2009 series. In the 1/8th Nitro On road series it was Tay Wui Kiat driving a Novarossi powered Motonica P8R that took the title ahead of Serpent racer Erwin Luhur in 2nd, while Shepherd driver Don Chng took 3rd. In 1/10th 200mm it was Philip Lee driving a Sirio engined Kyosho RRR that took the National crown in front of team mates Ben Seet in 2nd and Terence Chung in 3rd.
This past weekend saw China’s premier 1/10th 200mm gas race, the Good Fortune Cup, take place and for the 15th anniversary of the event there was a big turn out, with drivers from Hong Kong, Macau and China taking part. After 2 days of qualifiers, it was Samuel Chiu from Hong Kong using the Xray NT1 and MAX engine that took the TQ spot from fast local driver Irvine Fong with a Novarossi powered NT1 taking 2nd. Unfortunately for Samuel, he couldn’t take the start having stripped his front belt in the warm up. At the 6th minute Chris Lee took over at the front, racing his new Capricorn powered NT1 and once up front he was able to extend his lead to nearly 3 laps, but a splash for fuel in the closing minutes resulted in a stop and go penalty and so the margin was only 1 lap at the end.
Multiple World Championship finalist and Pre Worlds winner, Mark Green, has announced that he has signed for Italian engine maker Novarossi World. The British racer had until recently used Mega powerplants to power his Serpent chassis’ but will now use Novarossi’s new 353 and Flash engines in the 1/10th and 1/8th scale classes respectively. Mark will soon announce more new sponsors, as he gears up both the European 1/10th scale Championships in Gubbio Italy, and of course the 1/8th scale World Championships in Lostallo, Swtizerland.
F.V.S.S. Racing Team in Italy have announced that current Italian 1/10th 200mm Touring car champion Francesco Tironi will be joining their team in 2009. Francesco will be making the change to Mugen Seiki this year, leaving behind a long standing deal with Kyosho Japan that has seen them reach World and European Championship finals together. Tironi will continue to compete in the 1/8th and 1/10th scale classes and will stick with long term engine partner Sirio, while for fuel he will run the Master Fuel by Capricorn RC, with Matrix Tires and KO Propo completing his sponsor list.