World Championship finalist and all round fast driver Robert Pietsch has left Mugen, a manufacturer he has raced with for many years, to work and race for Shepherd Racing. Shepherd racing took over the old Picco 1/8th scale car project a few years back and the car has only had minimum development since. Pietsch’s position at his new employer will involve designing and developing the car further as well as being its top team driver along with, son of Shepherd owner, Patrick SchÃ¤fer. We heard that issues over what engine Robert could run whilst racing last year for Mugen prompted his decision to move.
Last weekends Florida State series race held at the Ft Myers track, dubbed the Winternats Warm up race, was won by the all new Xray NT1. Making its debut in the hands of Xray team drivers Barry Baker and Ralph Burch, the car went on to win the regional race in the hands of Baker.
After successful long term tests by XRAY factory team drivers from Europe and USA at the XRAY’s private racing tracks the NT1 has confirmed its best performance and racing pedigree just at its first race. NT1 – the art of performance.
A good start for the NT1, but we will have to wait to see it compete on the big stage before we see the true potential of this car.
Top qualifier, Germany’s Ronald Voelker has won the 2007 running of the DHI Cup in Denmark by taking the win in his first 2 finals leaving the other racers only the runner up spots to fight for. The HotBodies racer lead home former World Champion Marc Rheinard in 2nd driving his Tamiya with current World Champion Andy Moore with another HotBodies Cyclone in 3rd. It seems that this new 5 cell ruling suits Volker and we are sure to see more from him in the future and also note worthy was that Volker won the event with a brushless system and there were 6 brushless systems in the A final.
Makers of all things bling, 3 Racing have released these new hardened aluminum pinion gears for the Mugen MTX4 and the Kyosho V-one series. Available in all the expected teeth numbers for both 1st and 2nd gears, the Mugen versions are grey whilst the Kyosho versions come in blue. Not much else to know except they are available now.
German racer Ronald Voelker has claimed TQ spot for the 2007 DHI Cup held in Denmark. Leading the way from the very start of qualifying the Hot Bodies racer left the competition behind him to get the coveted pole position. Marc Rheinard, driving for Tamiya, took 2nd position in his debut race for Checkpoint while Juho Levanen took 3rd spot driving the Associated TC5 prototype. Joel Myrberg in his debut race for Associated ended his first race with the TC5 in 7th just behind Paul LeMieux, Jilles Groskamp and World Champion Andy Moore. Todays qualifying saw the 3 best runs from 5 count and some racers had problems sticking all 3 runs together such as Carpet World Cup winner Teemu Leino who didnt make the cut along with Associated racer Craig Drescher.
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The 2007 DHI Cup is now underway and with the track surface gaining grip, and the competitors learning the lines, we can now start to get a feel for who is fast at this event. Jilles Groskamp heads up the timing sheets, however the fastest laptime belongs to Marc Reinard on a 14.32 with Jilles on a 14.41. Alexander Hagberg is showing that he wants in on the action, ending the practice day in 2nd place ahead of World Champion Andy Moore, with Associated racer Juho Levanen in 4th. Practice is just that however and the real competition starts tomorrow and those racers who were holding back today will show their real hand. We will update you again after qualifying.
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So its time for the DHI Cup once again, held every year in Denmark it is the first major European race of year and attracts the major name racers from around the world. This year is no exception with the likes of all dominant US racer Paul LeMieux, Jilles Groskamp, former World Champion Marc Rheinard as well as current World Champion Andy Moore and of course lets not forget GP Carpet World Cup winner Teemu Leino.
The event will be covered by RC Zone with live results here, and some daily reports here. We will provide summaries of the days racing as we get it. Today, Friday, consists of 2 practice sessions for each racer and then it is straight into qualifying tomorrow and what makes this event more exciting is that it will be the first major event contested under the new EFRA ruling of 5 cells with minimum weight of 1350grams.
Last weekend saw the 12th running of the â€œTrofeo del Granducato” in Italy and saw 79 drivers in attendance. Qualifying saw Xray racer Guido Barbera take the TQ ahead of Costanzo and Marletta, but in the finals Barbera’s luck ran out and could only manage 7th position at the end. The event was won by Giuseppe de Liguori who won 2 of the finals to take the overall win with Costanza taking 2nd position ahead of 3rd placed Marco Gennari.