March 13, 2009

Iñaky Pahissa wins Spanish 1/10th Nats Rd1

Iñaky Pahissa wins Spanish 1/10th Nats Rd1

Last weekend saw the Cerdanyola Modelcar Track, play host to the 1st round of the Spanish 1/10th scale 200mm National Championship. The event drew 84 drivers ready to open 2009 season and following qualifying it was Xabier Arana who had taken the TQ, followed by Rodrigo Pahissa, Iñaky Pahissa and Johnny Pastor. The main Final was clearly dominated by Xray driver Iñaky Pahissa who took the first position after the first refuelling and kept it for the whole race. The fight for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th places was very interesting and we saw 5 drivers fighting and swapping positions trying to reach the final podium places. In the end it was Kyosho driver Ramón Guasch that took 2nd ahead of another Xray driver Rodrigo Pahissa in 3rd, who also made the fastest lap in the final and set an new track record. Both Rodrigo and Iñaky Pahissa used Merlin fuel to power their Max Power engines.

Source: Merlin [merlinfuel.com]


March 13, 2009

Basile Concialdi wins French 10th Nats Rd1

Basile Concialdi wins French 10th Nats Rd1

The opening round of the French 1/10th scale Nationals took place last weekend in Monteux in the south of France. The weather was dry all weekend with 18 degrees temperatures on the finals day and there was 87 drivers in attendance, split between Elite and National classes. In the Elite class, it was Thomas Eytard who took the top spot in qualifying from Mikael Pontal in 2nd and Thomas Desmaries claiming 3rd, while in the National class it was Anthony Bruyer who claimed TQ ahead of local racers Jérôme Di Crocco and Thomas Corréard. In the Elite final the first 20 minutes saw the race still wide open to a number of front runners with Thomas Desmaries leading the way. At the 30 minute mark a lot of drivers came in for a tire stop with Chaussard doing all 4 and the leader Desmaries only doing the rear tires. Basile Concialdi would not change any tires and could take the lead and with it the win, with Chaussard taking 2nd and Maxime Favrel 3rd, all 3 drivers with the Xray NT1. In the National final it was all about the pole man Anthony Bruyer, who cruised to victory in front of Thomas Correard in 2nd and J-Paptiste Geneau in 3rd.

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March 11, 2009

Adrien Bertin wins French 8th Nats Rd1

Adrien Bertin wins French 8th Nats Rd1

The opening round of the French 1/8th scale National series was held last weekend in Toulouse in the south west of France, close to Spain. The race saw 63 drivers entered separated between Elite and National classes and the weather for the event was cold but dry for most of the event. Qualifying for the Elite class saw Team Orion engine man Adrien Bertin, driving a Kyosho, take the pole position for the main final in front of Sebastian Zatla in 2nd and Stéphane Bouche 3rd, while in the National class it was Maxime Tenet who started 1st ahead of Philippe Regolle in 2nd and Jérémy Cassagne 3rd. Following the semi finals the main finals got underway and in the Elite class it was Bertin and Bouche who lead away, remaining like this up until the 15 minute mark when there was some light rain which made some drivers pit for new tires, something Bertin didn’t do and he could stretch his lead to win by 3 laps from Bouche in 2nd and Laurent Zatla in 3rd. In the National class it was local driver Jérémy Cassagne that took the lead and stretched out a gap, and despite the engine stopping once, could maintain his lead and take the win by a lap from Gérald Colinet in 2nd and Maxime Tenet in 3rd.

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March 11, 2009

Team Orion 2656 tuned pipe

Team Orion 2656 tuned pipe

Team Orion have released their the new 2656 tuned pipe for .12 engines. It has been developed to increase power and mileage and its silver polished material and design makes it a strong and reliable racing part for Alpha and CRF engines. EFRA legal, it is supplied with manifold, rubber seals and mounting springs.

Source: Team Orion [teamorion.com]


March 10, 2009

Chris Slater & Chris Heath join Mugen UK

Chris Slater & Chris Heath join Mugen UK

Race Prep Longshaw, the UK Mugen distributors have announced a number of driver additions for the 2009 season. In 1/10th scale 200mm they have agreed a deal with former European B finalist and British National Champion, Chris Slater who will use the Japanese company’s MTX-4R chassis this year. In the 1/8th scale class Chris Heath will be joining the team to support existing drivers Andy North and young talent Jason Frost. Andy and Chris will continue to use Sirio Engines, Race Prep fuel and the new RPM and UFRA tire line and both will be competing at this year’s World Championship in Lostallo, Switzerland.

Source: Race Prep Longshaw [raceprep-longshawdistribution.co.uk]


March 10, 2009

Xray NT1 Clutch Spring hard

Xray NT1 Clutch Spring hard

New from Xray, for their NT1 1/10th scale 200mm chassis, is this hard clutch spring. Suitable for use with the car’s XCA clutch, it allows for later clutch engagement at higher RPM, which is beneficial on open, high-speed tracks with high traction.

Source: Xray [teamxray.com]


March 9, 2009

Wilck & Andersson take Swedish National titles

Wilck & Andersson take Swedish National titles

Last weekend saw the Swedish 1/10th and 1/12th scale National Championships held at the Borås MRK in Viskafors. In the 1/10th scale modified class it was Tamiya TRF factory driver Viktor Wilck that took the TQ ahead of Xray racer Alexander Hagberg and Magnus Vässmar taking up 2nd and 3rd on the grid. In the finals Wilck could win the first and 2nd legs to secure the overall championship, while Hagberg encountered some problems which meant he couldn’t challenge for the win and had to settle for 2nd in both the opening legs, winning the 3rd after Viktor didn’t take the start. In the 1/12th scale modified class there were some very fast drivers in attendance such as Alexander Andersson, Mikael Fransson and Per-Ola Hård and in qualifying it was Alexander Andersson that took the TQ ahead of Per-Ola Hård in 2nd and Mikael Fransson in 3rd. In the finals CRC driver Andersson won the first and 2nd legs to take overall victory from Rosén Maxx in 2nd and Per-Ola Hård 3rd.

Click here for the final results & podium photos


March 9, 2009

Carbon One 1/24th scale chassis

Carbon One 1/24th scale chassis

Two years in development, the Austrian made Carbon One is now in production. This 1/24th scale chassis is an all new development but uses existing Kyosho parts and various tuning parts such as those made by Atomic, 3Racing, PN Racing etc. The car utilizes a 4 AAA cell layout, with the batteries recessed into the chassis for super low centre of gravity while the steering has been designed to accept the Futaba S3114 servo with a specially developed servo saver system helping to protect it. The chassis has a 98mm wheelbase and was designed specifically for use with the VDS type shell.

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