Serpent have released this brass counter weight for use on their 960’08 1/8th scale chassis. Weighing in at 50g it is mounted alongside the chassis stiffener to balance the car when using a lightweight LiPo receiver-pack.
LRP Electronic have announced that former European TQ, and Xray team driver, Steven Weiss has joined the LRP factory team. The former Team Orion driver brings many years of experience in competition racing and will further strengthen the LRP international team of drivers. Racing mostly 1/10th EP Touring he will be one to look out for at the upcoming world championship in Thailand next week.
Novarossi have been in contact to tell us that former World and European Finalist, and leading German racer, Oliver Mack has signed for Novarossi for the 2009 season. Having used GRP engines last year, the Mugen driver has joined the Italian manufacturers team ahead of the Worlds next year in Switzerland.
LRP are reporting on the 2008 Australian 1/10 Nitro On-Road Nationals were held at the Brendale track in Brisbane recently, host of the 2006 IFMAR World Championships. The race attracted over 120 drivers split into 1/10th Touring cars, 1/8th On road and Pullstart class and it was LRP team driver Peter Jovanovic who was setting the pace already from the first practice rounds through to the first qualifying rounds. With the last qualifier run in the late evening when the traction on the track increased significantly, he dropped to 2nd on the grid as Jesse Davis came through to take the TQ spot. After problem before the start of the final, that forced Peter to start from the pitlane, he was able to work his way into the lead by lap 20. From there on it was just a matter of getting the car through the finish line and with the softer LRP VTEC tyre going the distance without any changes or problems, Peter won the final by over a lap and a half to claim his 3rd National title in a row.
More 1/8th scale 2wd Classic news, this time from France which saw Gilles Garrigou wrap up the 2008 National title at the final race in Bourg en Bresse. Driving his DXF Primo throughout the year, Gilles had this to say:
I am very happy to have captured my first title after 24 years running in the same category. My thanks go to DXF competition for the super racing car they have created and also because they have offered me the new DXF Streto Vortex to run in the 2009 season. I also want to thank Kit models for their help all this year and especially Eric Lecour for his help at every race. And finally RB engines for supplying me with excellent product throughout the season.
The first Monte-Carlo Cup, of which hopes to become an annual event on the classic calendar was run recently on the La Turbie track in the hills above Monte-Carlo. Qualifying for the event saw an Italian domination with Simone Giordano taking the pole position with his Mantua Intrepid from Motonica driver Emanuele Oberto in 2nd and Nicola Ometto, driving another Mantua in 3rd. The start of the 60 minute final saw a good start at the front, but problems for pole man Giordano dropped him down the order. This allowed Ometto to break away at the front and he was able to pull out a commanding lead to win by 7 laps ahead of Simone Zanon in 2nd and Massimo Poldi in 3rd, all driving the Mantua, which in fact took the first 7 positions in the final.
We brought you exclusive details last week and now Xray has introduced their latest 1/10th scale EP touring car chassis, the T2’009, which the company claims is the most advanced RC touring car on the market today. Revolution, evolution, optimization… those are the key terms that describe how the T2 platform came to be over the last few years. Xray Research & Development along with the Factory Team devoted themselves to extensive testing, all in the effort to bring the consumer the latest evolution of the successful T2 platform. With the fast paced rule changes in touring car, the main focus of the T2’009 has been to evolve & optimize. To take on what the world can offer and outperform all others under any racing conditions with any rules. Take your pick, asphalt, carpet, rubber or foam tires, NiMh or cutting edge LiPo batteries, high‑performance brushed or brushless motors, the T2’009 can handle them all and dominate the competition in the process.
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We have received notification from Jacky Mouton that the front running French man has joined Kyosho and Novarossi for the 2009 season. Previously running Serpent and RB, which has has done for a number of seasons, the owner of Jacky Modelisme will contest the French 1/10th scale Nationals as well as a number of international races next year for his new sponsors.