Just a quick heads up to inform you that our site partner RC Infos has published an extensive report on last weekends Carpet World Cup from Switzerland. The report itself is in French which doesnt matter so much because we already know what happened, but the best part of the report is the extensive images from the event.
Our Partners RC Forum have gotten the word that top Swedish International racer Viktor Wilck has left Team Xray to go race for Tamiya. According to the report on their site, Viktor will continue with current sponsors Much More and SMC Products.
CML Distribution have a report on their site updating us on the progress of the Team Associated TC5 prototype. This belt drive touring car has been doing the rounds for a while now and it all seems to be paying off with Juho Levanen and Craig Drescher taking 3rd and 4th respectively in last weekends TC Carpet World Cup.
In the early practice run on Thursday and Friday both Associated cars were quickly dialed in to the fast but technical track at the CRF facility, using Novak brushless power Craigâ€™s car looked punchy with good straight line speed, still in its development stage the new car delighted Craig and caused a great deal on interest in the pit area.
You British racer Ali Graham has dominated the stock class at round 2 of the CML Carpet Masters held last weekend. Driving the TOP Scythe Ali dominated all his qualifiers, setting the fastest times in all 3 to eventually TQ by 3 seconds and then went on to win both his finals to take the overall class win.
You can view pictures of Ali’s Scythe here… content
Teemu Leino, in his first race for Xray has won the 2006 GP Batteries sponsored Touring Car Carpet World Cup held at the CRF Power Raceway in Switzerland. Having taken 4 wins, a second position and a non finish the Finnish racer was unstoppable and could take the win, albeit on dropped scores, from current World and European Champion Andy Moore driving for Hot Bodies. Next up in the 3rd and 4th were the Team Associated Prototypes of Juho Levanen and Craig Drescher, showing the potential of this new car before its release.
After the race the top 10 finishers fought the title of the Lord of Touring and this race was won by Andy Moore who drove superbly but wasnt challenged by the event winner Leino whose car was still tweaked after his non finish in the last round of racing.
At this weekends TC Carpet World Cup, German firm Robitronic have one of their new 190mm touring car protoypes present at the races. Named the Avid, this belt drive car belongs to Swiss Robitronic driver Mischa Kroos who was up at the sharp end of the Open Class at this event. The car looks nice with some nice lines and this particular car sports an aluminium C-Hub system but i dont know if thats a proto part, optional or standard feature.
Ok, Saturday is were the TC Carpet World Cup becomes confusing with the drivers split off into 2 different classes after 3 rounds of qualifying, the Open class is for those racers ranked 33-120 and the World Cup class for the top 32 qualifiers. And fastest of all racers was Teemu Leino making his race debut for Xray ahead of World Champion Andy Moore driving his Hot Bodies cyclone in 2nd with another Xray racer Jilles Groskamp in 3rd.
The Open class continued with for 2 more rounds qualifying whilst the World Cup class had 2 of their main finals today, with their starting position for the race determined randomly. Teemu Leino, Sacha Lnenicka, Jilles Groskamp and Jean-Marc Betticher all won their first round finals whilst in the second round it was Juho Levanen, Andy Moore, Jean-Marc Betticher and Teemu Leino who took wins in their finals with Betticher and Leino the only racers to achieve a perfect score so far.
After fridays controlled practice at the 2006 GP Touring car Carpet World Cup, Andy Moore was fastest, the current World and European Champion driving for Hot Bodies was less than a second ahead of Dutch Xray driver Jilles Groskamp who ended the day 2nd. Juho Levanen driving the prototype belt driven Team Associated car was third fastest whilst Teemu Leino making his debut for Xray was 4th fastest. Todays running is of course only an indication of the who will may come out on top as the main competition starts tomorrow.