Ben Cosgrove has won the Handy Models Grand Prix run by the Cotswold Model Car Club, leading home an Xray NT1 1-2-3. Competing for the first time as a team the 3 UK Xray NT1 team drivers, Ben Cosgrove, Mark Gilliland and Robin Hammet, had to cope with tricky damp conditions on the Sunday of the event but a quick run in the dry Saturday qualifying gave Cosgrove the pole position which couldn’t be bettered on the final 2 damp qualifying runs on Sunday. In the final Ben managed to stay on the lead lap despite a tricky tire choice but as the track dried a bit he was able to get into the lead from where he could take the win, followed home by Robin Hammet and Mark Gilliland in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Japanese manufacturer, Alex Racing Design, has announced details of their latest 190mm electric touring car, the CER. Featuring a very unconventional layout, the car sports a front centrally mounted motor, similar to the Losi JRXS-R but then on the front of the car, rear mounted cells and centrally mounted steering servo. The car is fully tricked out in red anodised metals (also available in 4 other colours), C-hubs on the front, CVDs all around and comes with rear ball diff and front solid axle as standard. The car looks good, however the height of the spur gear and associated drive parts is worrying for center of gravity reasons, but we will have to wait on some results to prove if this front mounted motor configuration is the way to go.
Mark Green has won the 2007 pre World Championships held last week at the host track in Cordoba, Argentina. Racing the only Serpent 960 in the final, Mark was in good company with some of the best Italian racers present at the event, including current World Champion Lamberto Collari. In the end Mark could win easily, showing great pace to win by a lap ahead of current 1/10th European Champion Dario Balestri who was driving the all Italian combination of Novarossi powered Motonica. Marco Vanni brought his Mugen home in 3rd, ahead of prevous Worlds finalist Walter Salemi also driving a Mugen. Masao Tanaka was making his international debut for Motonica and finished in 6th, giving a strong showing for this car while the other Japanese in the final was current 1/10th World Champion Keisuke Fukuda who suffered problems ending his race in 9th, one place ahead of World Champ Collari who retired early on due to radio problems.
Xray have a report on their site from John Van Beers about the recent Ultimate Open race, run by the Taranaki Radio Control Car Club in New Plymouth, New Zealand. The event attracted approximately 100 entrants and brought together both gas and electric racers for the one event with the Stock electric class being the most popular with over 30 entrants. In the stock class it was Xray driver John Van Beers that claimed the TQ with his T2 chassis and he carried that pace into the finals where, despite some incidents, managed to take 1 second place and 2 wins on his way to the overall title followed home by Leon Dravitzki in 2nd and Murray Hodges in 3rd.
Xray are reporting on the recent 6th round fo the Russian Micro Racing series that took place in Moscow with roughly 50 drivers in attendance. In the touring class solely represented by Xray M18 cars it was Artem Lopukhin driving the M18 Pro that took the win ahead of Dmitry Malyshko using the standard M18 in 2nd with Cyril Kiselyov using the Pro in 3rd. Lopukhin also won the truck class and was the only Xray in the 6 car final.
As well as the 1st round of the 1/10th Nationals that we wrote about that took place last weekend, the first round of the 1/8th scale Nationals took place on the same weekend in Avignon. In qualifying it was Mugen racer Stephane Bouche that would claim the pole position ahead of Kyosho racer Sebastian Zatla in 2nd and Adrien Siegfried, also driving a Kyosho in 3rd. At the start of the main final Guillot is knocked off the track and almost loses a lap while Bouche and Siegfried are left to battle it out at the front, Siegfried eventually having to retire with mechanical problems gifting Bouche the lead. All the time Guillot is working his way up the field having found a good pace and when Bouche has a problem, Guillot pounces and takes the lead and with it his first ever win in the Elite class followed home by Bouche in 2nd and Zatla in 3rd.
Top British gas driver Gareth Bell has been confirmed as a GRP driver for the 2007 season, where not only will he race the Italian foam but will help in the development of the companies products. Additionally Gareth, who forms a team with his mechanic and brother Martyn, will run the GRP made Falcon range of engines in both the 1/8th and 1/10th 200mm classes in which Gareth runs the Mugen chassis’.
Serpent are reporting on their 1-2 finish at last weekends rain interrupted first round of the Irish 1/8th scale National Championships held in Raheny, just outside Dublin City. Serpent 960 racer Clive Connolly claimed the top spot in qualifying, but as the race was partially wet a number of drivers including Connolly became victims of radio gear trouble forcing them out of the race. This allowed the Serpent pairing of Dean Lacey and Darragh Fox to the field with Lacey leading until some radio problems close to the end of the race allowed Fox to take the lead and eventually the win, followed home by Lacey in 2nd with Mario Morelli in 3rd.