Also new for the Serpent 960 is this aluminium radio plate support with brass weight. Similar in structure to the previous aluminium bracket, this version has been modified to accept the brass weight and will come as standard in future 960-08 kits. The accompanying brass weight adds 50 grams to very centre of the car and is mounted as low as possible in this area so as not to adversely affect the centre of gravity. Similar in concept to the previously released brass battery holder, this system gives a more neutral handling characteristic than that of the battery holder yet has the same benefits.
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Serpent have announced the release of this new shock tower for the rear of the Serpent 960. Made from 3.5mm thick carbon fibre, the new shock tower features a 2nd, higher mounting hole for the centring pin. This hole allows for the rear body mount to be set at its highest setting, while still being able to be centred. Some new low body shells work best when they are raised at the rear and this new shock tower facilitates that. This part will come as standard in future 960-08 kits.
The 5th round of the BRCA 1/10th scale 200mm Nationals were run at Wrexham last weekend and rainy weather greeted the lower than normal number of competitors who attended. On Saturday it rained in the morning and didn’t dry until around midday, leaving the racers with half a day of practice to fine tune their cars for Sunday’s racing. On race day, the first two rounds of qualifying were wet and so it was only the last two dry rounds which would count. Team Xray driver Mark Gilliland was TQ in every round and so claimed the overall top spot from Mark Green, Stephen Brown and Kyle Branson. For the finalists, all chances of a dry final were dashed when it started raining 10 minutes before the start, leaving all racers scrambling to put wet tyres on their cars. The start of the 30 minute race saw Kyle Branson jump to the front after 4 laps followed by Steve Brown, the order remaining static until the 23rd minute when Branson’s wheel came off and took him out of the lead. With the tyre back on he struggled on a drying track and this left Gilliland to pick up the pieces and take the win by 3 laps from Mark Green, with his Serpent team mate Kyle Branson holding onto 3rd.
Mirage Racing have been in contact to announce the 2008-09 British Indoor Winter Series, run in conjunction with Sheffield & District MCC, Newbold Models and Don Valley Stadium. This winter series is very popular amongst drivers with over 100 entries at every round, with some of the very best UK racers in attendance to offer help and advice, plus some blistering on track performance. This series is designed for all abilities and for all people to have some great fun.
The latest qualification round for the German Nationals were held last weekend in Oberhausen and it was Team Corally driver Marc Fischer that TQ’d and won the modified class with his Corally RDX Phi. Setting the fastest lap of the weekend along the way, Fisher won ahead of Federico Veronesi in 2nd and Yannic Prümper in 3rd. In the stock class another Team Corally driver Domenik Reschke took the win followed by team mate Patrick Pasch in 2nd while Thomas Musial took 3rd.
This weekend saw another European Championship being run as well as the 1/8th scale buggy Championships in Crete, with the 1/8th scale 40+ and 235mm European titles also up for grabs. Hosted by the MACH track in Heemstede, The Netherlands, this event has a relaxed vibe yet the action on the track was very serious. Qualifying took place on both Friday and Saturday and in the 40+ class it was German Serpent racer Andreas Giesa that took pole position from local Mugen racer Richard Keur in 2nd with Jacky Mouton and Rody Roem completing the top 4, both for Serpent. In the 235mm class it was top Belgian racer Robin D’hondt that took top qualifying honours in front of former European Champion Julius Kolff in 2nd, driving a new hybrid Serpent car, while last years Champion Glyn Beal started 3rd ahead of Serpent designer Rene Cornella taking the last direct qualifying position in 4th.
Xray have released this smart, easy-to-use belt tensioner set for controlling centre drive belt tension and twisting. Suitable for the T2’008 and T2’007, it has been made from high-quality components including a CNC-machined lightweight aluminium mounting post, high-speed ball-bearings, and comes supplied with the necessary mounting hardware.
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Vantomme have released 2 new pan car chassis’, the E12 1/12th scale and the M10 1/10th scale, both of which are brand new designs with the E12 a T-bar chassis and the M10 a trailing link chassis. The E12 features a unique T-bar tweaking system that allows the tweak to be adjusted from the bottom of the car, through the use of 2 grub screws, while the rear end is available in 2 different versions, comprising of the ‘Asso damper’ style and the ‘tube damper’ style. The M10 is the first Pro 10 200mm chassis from Vantomme and has been made to compete in the resurgent Pro 10 class. Based upon the CRC Gen X10, it has been made out of 2.5mm carbon with the battery tray attached with 6 points to the chassis, which makes it also a kind of upper deck, providing increased stiffness to the chassis.
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