Last weekend saw round 1 of the Fintrack Nationals held Kuusankoski track in a big sports hall. The event was very well attended despite it being held the week after the DHI cup and saw Teemu Leino, Juho Levanen and Simo Ahoniemi all entered. Despite being quick in qualifying and the races, a number of small errors meant that Teemu Leino couldnt translate that pace into a win and it was Juho Levanen that took the overall win ahead of Xray drivers Leino and Pekka Koivula in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Serpent have released the updated version of their ZX21 DSII, the DSII+. Featuring and updated combustion chamber and piston, the new motor allows more consistent tuning as well better reving thanks to the smaller contact between the piston and the liner. The engine has the same part number as the previous DSII and is available now.
Multiple Spanish champion and European Championship finalist, Carlos Peracho has left Serpent to sign for Team Xray to race the NT1. Carlos has strong links to both manufacturers through his family distribution company that imports both lines into Spain and after many years driving for the Dutch manufacturer has decided on a change. Despite moving to Xray in the 1/10th class, Carlos will continue to race Serpent in the 1/8th scale class.
Coming to XRAY I was surprised and doubly shocked. First when I first saw the whole facility/factory and the world’s most unique and best racing facility, and then second after seeing and testing the NT1. I have many years’ experience with nitro touring cars and I just could not believe how quickly I was able to improve my best lap times using the NT1.
Our friends at the RC Pro Series have asked us to announce this upcoming promotional slot on Race Talk Live to promote the Homestead Miami Fuel Challenge.
Doug McNeely from Serpent USA will be the guest on the RC Pro segment of Race Talk Live Wednesday night at 8:40pm eastern time. Doug and Carlton will discuss the upcoming Homestead Miami Fuel Challenge. Call in questions are welcome and encouraged. Use the buddy name RCRadio2006 for AOL and on Yahoo Messenger. Send emails to the crew at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the TRD Hobbies Hot Line (1-877-899-RACE ). Listen live on Wednesday night www.racetalklive.com
Doug McNeely works in Serpent USA and is also heavily involved in team matters and Carlton Eppes runs the RC Pro Series so if you have any questions please send them in, it should be an interesting discussion.
Murnan Modified Motors have released their latest beast, the hand modified Team Orion Wasp 12 CRF. Famous for hand tuning motors, Uriah Murnan has gotten his hands on this already very quick motor and did some great work to it. The engine now has more torque, more power, and much crisper throttle response, while maintaining very good fuel consumption. The crankshaft has also been lightened and reshaped to maximize power and efficiency.
You can view more pictures of the engine here… content
Even though Andy Griffiths had been crowned British Champion in 1/12th scale at the previous round of the Nationals back in December he still continues to push hard for the win, this time at the 5th round in Plymouth. Whilst in 19T he wasnt so fortunate, suffering a number of crashes during the final, in Modified class he once again lead the field home after starting from 2nd on the grid. With pole man Matt White, missing the starting grid and being forced to start from the pitlane Andy could take the lead from the start and easily win with his brushless motor driven car ahead of Keith Robertson who finished 2nd.
Xray have posted a piece on their site confirming that top Team Xray racer Jilles Groskamp will race the NT1 along with his electric duties. His first race will be at the Winternats at the start of February and this statement was probably issued to remove any doubt over what gas cars he will race having done several important races for Serpent last year.
…and additionally will join the team to support and run the new XRAY NT1 in nitro touring car races. Jilles will debut the NT1, together with the rest of Team XRAY, at the upcoming US Winternationals in Florida.
Helger Racing have the full report on the recent running of round 3 of the LRP Carpet Wars. The event played host to 3 touring car classes, Stock, 19t and modified and in Stock it was Elliot Boots all the way, who managed to take both the TQ spot as well as win the overall event. In 19T, Mark Stiles took the win after a close battle with TQ Nathan Parker, who eventually finished 2nd, whilst in Modified class Glenn Doman was unfortunate after taking the TQ spot and one final leg win but a 9th place in leg 1 meant that he couldnt do better than 3rd and so Keven Brunsden took the overall win ahead of Andy Childs.