Starting tomorrow, through to the end of the week, the GP Batteries sponsored 2006 Touring Car Carpet World Cup will take place at the CRF Power Raceway in Switzerland. After a successful first running last year the event is back and better than ever with guest commentator Scotty Ernst flown in from the US especially for the event, a great indoor facility, and a proven race format that works. The driver line-up is also a who’s who of RC stars including current World Champion Andy Moore and former World Champion Marc Rheinard amongst the stars attending. Our partner site RCWorld.ch are the official event site and will be bringing race reports and images from the event throughout the week so check them out.
You can find out more information about the event here.
Last weekend saw the ‘Alcobendas el 5Âº Open PSF’ run in Madrid in very wet conditions, on the track that will host next years European 1/10th scale ‘A’ Championships. The race itself was won in 1/8th scale by my good friend Carlos Peracho and in 1/10th scale by Diego Palaces, brave drivers considering the terrible conditions.
Well the 2006 US Indoor Champs are history all the racers have left the Holiday Inn for another year. Paul LeMieux cleaned up in the touring car class taking the win in the Modified and 19-turn final. Barry Baker came from qualifying in 3rd position to take the win in the 1/12th Modified class whilst Josh Cyrul won the 1/12th scale 19-turn A main. You can view all the A-main results here:
We first saw the great looking Scalpel 1/18th scale electric pan car from Robitronic at the iHobby show in Chicago in October. I hadn’t seen one driving around a track before, until Robitronic posted a video on their site showing the car tearing around a test track in Austria equipped with a brushless 8000kV System and 4 cell GP1300 battery pack. Its pretty damn fast and to drive it, it appears you would need very good eyesight.
So qualifying for the US Indoor Champs in Cleveland is now over and all the finals have been sorted and there are a lot of them, 51 finals in total and 8 A-mains. Paul Lemieux is the stand out racer having TQ’d both the TC modified and the 19-turn with Mike Dumas qualifying 2nd in 3 classes, (consistent) 1/12th modified and TC modified and 19-turn. Racing takes place all Sunday so we will bring you the main final results when we get them.
Elliot Harper is again showing why he is one of the sports emerging talents by taking the win in Modified class in round 2 of the British Indoor Winter Series. Held at the Don Valley track, Elliot had problems in qualifying but got it together when it counted to take the win ahead of Sam Smith in 2nd and with Greg Hill finishing in 3rd.
I could see Sam was pushing hard to recover and with about one min. to go had reduced my lead to 1.2 secs. I continued to drive a faultless race and passed over the line still 1.2 secs. ahead of Sam taking the win. My final position was 1st in the modified A final.
You can read Elliot’s, as well as Ben Cosgrove’s, report from this event here.
Andy Griffith has TQ’d and won both the Modified and 19T classes at the 3rd round of the British 1/12th Nationals held last weekend in Teeside. What more can you say, no one else even had a chance.
The A final was a very closely run affair between Mick and Andy. Andy led for the whole 8 minutes but Mick was never more than 1 second behind, right up to the last 30 seconds, when a problem for Mick caused him to slow, and allowed Keith to nip past him down the straight on the last lap!
Last weekend saw former European Champion Massimo ‘Max’ Fantini win the ‘Trofeo dei Campioni’ race held at the Mini Autodromo RME Cassino, Italy. The event was attended by 130 racers in 2 classes and in 1/8th scale saw Serpent driver Fantini win in a lights to flag battle ahead of Kyosho racer Danielle Ielasi, Mimmo Calce finished in 3rd. In 1/10th scale it was Raiola Carmine that took the win ahead of Spiniello Mario in 2nd with Sicorello Angelo rounding off the podium in 3rd
Check out the full report (in Italian), results and photos here.