Hot Bodies racer Olly Jefferies has taken FTD and the win at round 1 of the CML Carpet Masters held last weekend. Olly recently switched to Hot Bodies and had considerable success so far, taking FTD at every event raced along with winning round 1 of the Carpet Thrashnals and now this win. It is all seen as preparation for the GP Carpet World Cup, held in Geneva at the end of November, which Olly is planning on attending.
Since getting my Cyclone I have been concentrating on carpet racing in preparation for the forthcoming GP Carpet World Cup in Geneva at the end of the month, the car feels really good on carpet and easy to tune, I am also feeling more comfortable with every meeting with the new car and really looking forward to the Geneva meeting.
Pro-Z.com have a photo report from the PN Mini-Z World Cup that was held at the RC Madness track in Connecticut in the last weekend of October. There are some pretty wicked looking Mini-Z’s there and some that don’t even resemble one at all, like this all carbon version with Group C body above.
Last weekend saw the Team Orion Cup run in the town of Zillisheim in France. This annual international race was won by Finnish racer Simo Ahoniemi driving his Corally RDX prototype. Second place, and also driving Corally RDX prototype was Marc Fischer from Germany with the final place on the podium going to another German racer racer Toni Rheinard racing the Kyosho Stallion.
Xray have a brief report on their site concerning the recent Brazilian electric Carioca Championship that they are now leading after winning rounds 1 and 2.
Braz Spinato of XRAY TEAM BRASIL won all the heats and won round 2 of the Carioca Championship, and is now leading the championship with 8 points ahead the 2nd place driver Sylvio Padinha (also from XRAY TEAM BRASIL). In 3rd place is Khelmo Freitas of XRAY TEAM BRASIL, too.
1/10th scale World Champion Keisuke Fukuda has won the 2006 Japanese 1/8th Scale National Championships. Starting his Mugen/Ninja from 2nd on the grid Keisuke managed to take the win by a full lap ahead of Takaaki Shimo to claim his first 1/8th National title. Second placed Shimo for Kyosho had a 4 lap advantage over the third place racer ç”±ç•™æœ¨ä¸€ä¹Ÿ after the 45 minute final. Pole position man Tadahiko Sahashi had problems in the race, as did Tanaka who went out after 15 minutes.
You can view the final results here and you can view some more pictures here (day 1), here (day 2) and here (finals).
Paolo Morganti (old pic once more), driving a Serpent 720, has won the US Open Fuel Sedan Championships held this weekend at the Kissimmee track in Florida. With the results taken from three 20 minute main finals of which the best 2 counted, consistency was the order of the day. Pole position man Paolo had trouble in his first round, after some mechanical problem, fought back in the second and third rounds to take 2 wins. Michael Salven who had won the 1st round managed a 2nd in the second round and another 2nd in the final round to take 2nd overall, whilst Chris Tosolini who also had problems in the 1st round fought back with a 3rd place finish in the second round and an unfortunate 3rd position in the third round, after flaming out whilst close to Paolo in 2nd position, to take third overall at the event.
Something that seemed to slip our radar, mainly due to my lack of knowledge with regards 1/12th scale, is the fact that the all new CRC (Calandra Racing Concepts) Carpet Knife Generation X kicked ass at the Halloween Classic in Cleveland. While we only brought you the Touring modified results, it seemed that the real racing at this event was happening in the comeback class, 1/12th. Mark Smyka TQ’d and won in the 19T class, whilst in modified it was Mike Blackstock who took the TQ and the win.
After 2 rounds of qualifying for the 1/8th scale Japanese Nationals being held at the Hokusei Circuit in Japan, Masao Tanaka heads the leaderboard. The Kawahara driver, and Worlds finalist, is in 1st position just ahead of current Japanese national champion and Worlds finalist, Takaaki Shimo. In the next two spots are the Sahashi brothers with younger Tadahiko in 3rd, the Japanese 1/10th national champion just ahead of his brother Sukenari. World 1/10th scale champion Keisuke Fukuda is just outside the top 4 in fifth position with the top 6 racers doing 17 lap runs on this 340 meter long track.
Qualifying continues tomorrow and we will bring you the news as we get it.