The fantastic indoor facility at the CRF Power Raceway in Switzerland has been opened for the first practice heats of the 2006 GP Touring Car Carpet World Cup. All the serious competitors are already there and are taking advantage of Thursdays open practice to learn the new track layout that incorpores a tricky new chicane that should sort the good drivers from the great. Controlled practice takes place tomorrow and you can follow the days happenings as it happens by going to the official event site here.
More Team Magic news, this time concerning their 1/10th European Championship winning G4S 200mm chassis which will soon be available as a full RTR version. I dont know any more information about this RTR other than previous RTR kits from TM come with a good Futaba radio set and that the S version of this kit features a lot of nice optionals as standard.
You can view more info about the non RTR G4S here.
Winter is a great time for International indoor races with the Team Orion Speed Weekend, Team Orion Cup, US Indoor Champs, Carpet World Cup, Neo Invitational, The Snowbirds, DHI Cup and i’m sure a lot more that i’m forgetting to mention. January 12th to 14th, 2007 will see the 7th running of the DHI Cup which takes place each year in Denmark and every year this event grows in size and importance with all the major European racers attending this event, including a lot of International racers too.
The 2007 track layout was released today and by the looks of things it seems like quite a challenging circuit with the Omega corner on top the list of challenges so if you are planning on racing there, better start memorizing.
After the pink explosion of round 1 held in Bethune, it was a much more subdued occasion when the French Mini-Z cup went to Saveuse for round 2 of the Championship. Driving on boring grey carpet this time round Automodelisme.com caught all the action and atmosphere from that event in pictures and posted it on their site.
You can view the results here (PDF) and check out the pictures from the event here and here.
Starting tomorrow, through to the end of the week, the GP Batteries sponsored 2006 Touring Car Carpet World Cup will take place at the CRF Power Raceway in Switzerland. After a successful first running last year the event is back and better than ever with guest commentator Scotty Ernst flown in from the US especially for the event, a great indoor facility, and a proven race format that works. The driver line-up is also a who’s who of RC stars including current World Champion Andy Moore and former World Champion Marc Rheinard amongst the stars attending. Our partner site RCWorld.ch are the official event site and will be bringing race reports and images from the event throughout the week so check them out.
You can find out more information about the event here.
Last weekend saw the ‘Alcobendas el 5Âº Open PSF’ run in Madrid in very wet conditions, on the track that will host next years European 1/10th scale ‘A’ Championships. The race itself was won in 1/8th scale by my good friend Carlos Peracho and in 1/10th scale by Diego Palaces, brave drivers considering the terrible conditions.
Well the 2006 US Indoor Champs are history all the racers have left the Holiday Inn for another year. Paul LeMieux cleaned up in the touring car class taking the win in the Modified and 19-turn final. Barry Baker came from qualifying in 3rd position to take the win in the 1/12th Modified class whilst Josh Cyrul won the 1/12th scale 19-turn A main. You can view all the A-main results here:
We first saw the great looking Scalpel 1/18th scale electric pan car from Robitronic at the iHobby show in Chicago in October. I hadn’t seen one driving around a track before, until Robitronic posted a video on their site showing the car tearing around a test track in Austria equipped with a brushless 8000kV System and 4 cell GP1300 battery pack. Its pretty damn fast and to drive it, it appears you would need very good eyesight.