Last weekend saw the first race of the 2008 regional season take place in the centre of Spain in a town called Valladolid. The weather was very windy and cold and the drivers had to contend with a slippery track, but the atmosphere was good and everybody enjoyed themselves. The final saw Mugen driver Daniel Vega start from pole position and he went on to win the race ahead of Losi driver Felix Zamorano in 2nd with Hoboa racer David Marcos in 3rd.
Horizon Hobby in the UK are delighted to announced that top off road racer Jon Hazlewood has joined their team to race Losi and Spektrum for 2008. He will be using the new Spektrum DX3R, Losi 8ight and 8ight-T at all events of his choice along with this years Euros and the all important World Championships. Jon brings with him his long standing pit man Jon Dell, years of experience and an amazing dedication to his racing and leaves behind a team who have supported him over the past few years and Jon had this to say.
I am leaving a very hard working team who have given me great support, but I feel it is now time for a change and some new challenges. Losi have proven over the years that no matter what class of racing they participate in they dedicate their resources until they succeed and I want to be a part of their plans. During 2007 I watched how fast the car was and the excellent level of trackside support that Horizon UK were providing. I am delighted that I am now part of the team and incredibly excited at the prospect of driving the cars this year.
Losi have announced that 2007 ROAR National Champion Adam Drake will campaign Mario Rossi Tuned engines from GRP through to 2010. Drake joins Losi factory drivers Mike Truhe and Yannick Aigoin who have previously announced their commitment to running GRP Engines. With the addition of Drake to the GRP lineup, the potential of a Losi/GRP 1-2-3 finish at the IFMAR 1/8th World’s is now stronger than ever. Drake commented on the announcement:
First of all, I want to thank Trinity for their support over the past 9 years, they have been a very important part of my racing success. I’m really excited for this new opportunity to race GRP engines and joining Yannick and Mike to focus the efforts of the Losi/GRP combination toward the 2008 Worlds.
Adam added that his engines will be powered by Losi Nitrotane Performance Engineered Fuel in 2008. Nitrotane fueled numerous wins by Losi drivers in 2007, and Drake is looking forward to racing with the powerful combination of GRP Engines and Nitrotane Fuel starting at the Dirt Nitro Challenge later this month.
On Saturday we showed you the first pictures of the new Sirio BK Evo4 STI, spotted while track testing in Italy. Sirio have been in contact since and were kind enough to supply us with the first pictures of their .21 range of engines for 2008. As well as the green headed BK Evo4 STI (above), the new line includes other buggy motors such as the CL7 B, the CL7 B STI and the magnesium headed version of the BK Evo4. For circuit racers there are 2 motors to choose from, the RR STI and the CL7 R STI. Later this week we hope to bring you more information about the new Sirio engine line, as well as internal pictures of the motors, taken at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in Germany.
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This weekend saw the first round of the 2008 Catalunyan Championships take place in Santa Perpetua, and saw 65 racers in attendance. After the wet weather on Saturday, Sunday stayed dry but overcast and saw European Champion, and new GRP signing, Robert Batlle take the top spot for the final. In the race, the Hobao driver could take the win, finishing in front of Nanda racer Gerard Roig in 2nd, using the new SIIM engine, and Mugen driver Alex Brujas in 3rd.
New RC Company Ishima Racing have contacted us to let us know about their Rave M1.0R 1/8th scale buggy, which will be shown to the public for the first time next week during the Nurnberg Toy Fair. The buggy is designed by Claude Lachat and is fully packed with the latest innovations. Claude Lachat is very well known among the racers as one of the best designers in the world for 1/8 racing buggies, and for more than 1 year has been designing and working exclusively for Ishima Racing.
Something we missed when we wrote about the new tuned flex chassis from Losi for the 8ight buggy, was the release of the ROAR TQ upgrade for the Losi XXX-NT Adam Drake 2 truck. It offers the winning parts that led the Losi Racing Team to multiple Top Qualifying honors at the last several ROAR Gas Truck Nationals. The upgrade kit recently propelled the XXX-NT AD2 to TQ in all four rounds of qualifying, record the fastest lap, and take the top four spots at the 2008 CRCRC Midwest Nitro Championship. Included in the set is a .125-inch thick, lengthened, black-anodized aluminium chassis and chassis brace, wider front and rear axles with spacers to increase the truck’s overall stability and smoothen steering response and finally, new rear crossbones, couplers and hardware.
Spotted this week on a new track near Milan, Italy was buggy driver Marco Grandesso and Mr. Rossi from Sirio, who were testing the company’s new buggy engine, the BK Evo4 STI. According to our source the new motor looked great on the track with super performance and amazing fuel consumption, this motor was getting 9 and a half minutes on a tank. Red RC will bring more news about Sirio’s complete engine new line up on Monday, until then you can view more pictures of the new BK Evo4 STI.