Jilles Groskamp has made the perfect start to his new tenure at Tamiya by setting the quickest time in round 1 of the 2008 DHI Cup, giving him maximum points for the round with 3 of the 5 to count. Heading into Heat 21, the final heat of the round, it was Hot Bodies racer Andy Moore that had taken the TQ spot over from Shin Adachi, who had only taken the spot in the previous heat. Heat 12 saw a gaggle of quick cars, all on TQ pace which included Juho Levanen, Teemu Leino and of course Groskamp. In the final moments Jilles managed to get his head down and put in the laps needed to take the top spot and was aided by a slowing Levanen, run time being a struggle for a lot of the competitors.
Jonas Kaerup has made a surprise move only a short time before the 2008 DHI-CUP, with the former European 1:10 electric Touring Car Champion deciding to end his relationship with Corally, and race the Hot Bodies Cyclone for Morfars.dk and Hot Bodies Europe. Jonas had to say-
It is a major chance to get to drive the Hot Bodies Cyclone and I am thrilled to get the opportunity. The car has won the European championships and World championships in the hands of Andy Moore. It is probably the best car I get to drive now, so I cannot wait to try it on the track.
As well as signing up to Hot Bodies, Morfars.dk and Much More Racing, Jonas will be continuing to run GM motors and batteries with Xenon racing gears.
Mirage are reporting from the 4th round of the Rug Racers championships which saw round 3 winner Olly Jefferies continue his great run of form to take the overall win. The HB Cyclone of Jefferies led after round one of qualifying but it was Elliott Harper that took over at the top of the time sheets in round two which made the final round of qualifying a very tense affair with both Elliott and Olly suffering incidents in the last run leaving Olly on pole with Elliott missing out by only a second. The first leg of the final saw Olly pull out a lead while Elliott found himself battling hard for second with Chris Kerswell, Elliot eventually claiming the position and taking 2nd. The 2nd leg was closer and saw Harper close to the bumper of the yellow and pink Cyclone for most of the race but he couldnt find a way past and so Jefferies took the overall win from Harper in 2nd.
Xray have a report on their site from their team driver Alexander Hagberg on the recent Swedish Christmas race held at the Borĺs track in western Sweden. The event attracted around 60 racers and the event was run with a Reedy race type format which saw 6 races run for all racers with the best 4 counting. After all rounds were run it was Xray racer Hagberg who took the overall win with maximum points ahead of the Serpent pairing of Tommy Bergfeldt and Christoffer Södergren in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
RC Car Action have a brief report from last weekends US Touring Car Championships, an all brushless event run by Scotty Ernst. In the foam 10.5-turn and Modified classes, it was a two man show between Mike Blackstock and Josh Cyrul. Corally’s Blackstock set the TQ in both classes with this RDX Phi and looked untouchable, but Josh Cyrul with his custom built sedan won the 10.5-turn A1 and A2 mains to take the overall win. In the Modified class it was all she wrote when Blackstock took the early lead and checked out in both the A1 and A2-mains to claim the championship.
The 3rd round of the CML Carpet Masters series was run last weekend and it was Andrew Robson with his Novak powered Associated TC5 that took the pole position with a fantastic run in the final round of qualifying ahead of local ace Adam Meakin in 2nd with Craig Drescher in 3rd. The first final saw a few collisions early on which allowed Craig to make his way to the front with Andrew chasing in 2nd and Alan Bickerstaff 3rd, which was how it remained for the rest of the race. The 2nd final saw a very close early battle between Andrew, Adam and Craig. Craig got passed Adam and chased after Andrew, finally squeezing passed in the centre of the track, however Craig grip rolled only 3 corners later putting him back in the pack allowing Andrew to drive on to a commanding victory which gave him the overall round win.
Back in September, we showed you CAD images of the DXF Competition Classic 2wd car, and since then the French company have been busy finishing the project and here are the first pictures of their all new car. Sporting a very simple and neat rear end with what looks like a gear differential, there is an engine monoblock, the radio plate sports a purpose made fuel tank and the front end looks very nice featuring plenty of adjustment. Expect it to be available in the end of January.
Our site sponsors, the Border, has got the first information on the new 2008 Motonica P8.0R, as used by Dario Balestri at the World Championships in Argentina. The upgrade set isnt yet available but pre orders are being taken and it includes quite a few major new parts including an updated chassis plate, radio plate, fuel tank, front bulkheads, rear body mount and front shock tower. The upgrade set is supplied with a CD that contains the instruction manual.
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