Our partners RC Zone in Israel have written to us to report on last weekends Israeli Endurance race took place at the Hot-Wheels racing club. The event attracted many top drivers from all over the country to participate in the event. Each team consisted of 3 drivers, and with the race 3 hours long, each driver in the team had to run for 1 hour making it a true test of endurance for both man and machine. The event was won by Team Kyosho who came out on top by 2 laps ahead of the Pro Line Racing Team in 2nd while Team GS finished 3rd a further 4 laps back, pretty close running considering the length of the race.
Last weekend saw the second round of the French 1/8th scale buggy nationals take place at the USB Racing Car track in Bergerac. In qualifying it was European Champion Yannick Aigoin driving for Xray that was the fastest qualifier, but it was Crono racer, and Belgian GP winner, Jerome Sartel that started from the number 1 spot in the race with Yannick starting from 2nd and Renaud Savoya from 3rd. The race saw a close battle between Sartel and round 1 winner Guilliame Vray, racing for Mugen, with the pair only seperated by 13 seconds after the 45 minutes with Sartel taking the win, Vray in 2nd with 3rd position going to Kyosho racer Jerome Aigoin who finished just ahead of his brother Yannick who came home 4th.
King Headz, the metal optional parts specialists, have added 2 new products to their large range of machined parts by adding 2 new shock towers for the Jammin X1 CRT. These shock towers have been machine from 6mm 7075 aircraft grade aluminium and then anodised, which offers a huge increase in strength and rigidity over the original parts with the rear tower offering the addition of a 7th camber link hole for more tuning possibilities.
The second round of the Italian 1/8th scale off road championships took place last weekend at the S.M. di Sala. We have little information from this event other than the results sheet where we see that recent Xray signing Riccardo Perin took the win by 1 lap ahead of Crono racer Carlo Jacopini. Fabio Boero took the final step of the podium for Mugen in 3rd while Xrays latest signing Alex Laffranchi claimed 5th position on his national debut with round 1 winner Teghesi finishing in 7th ahead of his Crono team mate and current National Champion, Davide Tortorici, in 8th.
Our mates Rube Dude have the first studio pics of the soon to be released OCM Kaos DT-19T, that we showed you last week. This car is now ready for release and will include all the innovative features we have come to expect from OCM in their buggy range but it will sport a few others. The Diffs on this baby will be nice and solid from what we understand sporting 6mm diff output shafts and large sun gear that is 2.5mmx11.8mm.Â And of course OCM uses the finest aircraft grade alloys and hard anodising on all its parts so this truggy will not only be turning heads but should also be very competitive.
Xray have a report on their site from the second round of the BRCA nationals for 1/8th off road, held last weekend at the EMORC astroturf track, which due to the tracks high grip nature, all cars present adopted a very stiff setup to prevent the car grip rolling. Qualifying was headed by Associated RC8 racer and round 1 winner Neil Cragg who qualified ahead of Team Magic driver David Crompton with Hobao racer Graham Alsop in 3rd. In the race it looked as though Cragg had it in the bag as he began to pull away from the battle behind him between Cromption, Alsop and Xray driver Hazlewood, but steering problems started to cause Cragg to slip up which dropped him down the order and left the lead fall to the chasing pack. The final was decided by pit stops with Crompton stopping later than Hazlewood, the Xray driver could snatch the lead on the final stop and win by a few seconds ahead of Crompton with Alsop in 3rd.
Martin Wolhuter has won the buggy class at this years ACT State title after a very tense and closely fought battle at the end of the main final between the Hong Nor of Wolhuter and the Team Magic of Ari Bakla. The final four laps proved to be some of the most exciting with Ari Bakla and Wolhuter clearly trying to cut eachother out and resulting in some spectacular crunching jousts which could have easily cost them both the podium with a final time difference of only .7058 of a second between them but at the last lap Martin got the upper hand to snatch the victory and the first ACT State Titles 2007!
Xray are reporting on their site about the 2007 LRP Master race that was held 2 weekends ago in Malaysia. Attended by 65 racers they were greeted by high temperatures and a very nice track with technical spots everywhere and 2/3 and 5 jumps with good grip. David Lim, driving a Kyosho was the top qualifier and because of heavy rain on the finals day the qualifying results were used as the final standings, with meant Lim took the win.