Italian tyre manufacturer ATS have introduced a new addition to their product range with the release of these 1/12th scale pre glued tyres. Available separately for 1/12th scale electric racing classes and nitro classes such as the Kyosho Spada, each line offers a different range of hardnesses for both the front and rear of the car. Also new from ATS is an A4 promotional decal sheet sporting full colour ATS logos in a variety of sizes for different applications.
The opening round of the Dutch 1/10th 200mm Nationals was run last weekend in Groningen in the very north of the country. Changing weather conditions affected everyone and for the NK class it was Serpent racer Remy Moller that claimed the pole position in front of his team mate Ruud Schuitmaker. In the final Remy immediately got into the lead but unfortunately had technical problems with put him out and handed the lead to Schuitmaker with Kyosho driver Daan Jacobs just behind in 2nd. Koen Geurds had come from the 10th spot on the grid making up some places and could close on the leading pair, who were busy battling over position. Unfortunately for Koen, in the last 5 minutes his tyres were worn out and this made it difficult to get into a battle with the front 2 drivers. Ruud and Daan had been at it the entire race and on the last lap Ruud made a small mistake at the end of the main straight, clipping the inside of the corner and spinning his car around (see sequence below), this was enough for Daan to get by and take the win with Ruud less than a second behind in 2nd and Koen in 3rd only under a second further back.
Hot Bodies have released this all-new Pro Spec Ball Diff set for your Hot Bodies Cyclone and which has already been used by the company’s factory team to achieve impressive race wins. The 39-tooth pulley is a direct replacement for the existing ball diff pulley, and features wider spacing for the supplied ceramic diff balls. The cup joints are made from machined POM lightweight space-age plastic for great acceleration, while the included thicker and stronger titanium nitride diff screw and nut will outlast the standard diff screw. As this is a complete set, everything is included like the diff ball bearings, D-cut rings, spacers and diff & thrust bearing grease.
Shown for the first time at the Toy fair in Germany in February, Reckward Tuning have released their Streamlined Lola Expert 8 1/8th scale on road body shell. This EFRA approved (#31500) shell has been made from ultra lightweight 0.75mm thick lexan, has a very low cockpit for easy access to the fuel tank and this also provides good cooling for the engine. Supplied with a trim strip, 6 side stiffeners and the decals shown in the picture, it also comes with a protective over spray film.
The RCCAOI Irish National On road Championships got underway over the weekend in Dublin for both 1:10th 200mm and 1:8th scale classes. In 1/8th scale it was business as usual for National Champion Clive Connolly who TQ’d the event ahead of his Serpent team-mate Michael Byrne. In the half hour final Connolly cruised to victory to win in front of Kyosho driver Austin Elliot in 2nd and Graeme Lougheed in 3rd, who set the fastest lap of the race. In 200mm class it was Eoin Doran that took the top qualifying spot with his Xray NT1 in front of Clive Connolly and that was how it stayed in the final with Doran taking the win from Connolly in 2nd and Colm Gaffney staying out of trouble to take 3rd.
The organisers of the Much More backed European Touring Series have informed us that their 4th round, which was due to take place in Vienna Austria on the 9th – 11th of May, has had to be cancelled. Due to conflicts with other events on the same weekend in Austria, the host club were unable to hold this event on the same weekend and due to busy schedules there are no other options to move this round to another date. The plan is to race in Austria for the 2008-2009 series so the ETS will be happening in Vienna at some stage.
This weekends round 3 in the Netherlands is going ahead as usual and is looking to be a great race with some super quick drivers present and most importantly the weather is looking like it will be dry. The MACH track will be open all day Friday for practice, while for those racers that cant take time off on Friday and want to still race at this event, Saturday morning there is 2 more practice rounds before qualifying begins. The control tyre has also been confirmed for this weekends race and it will be Much More Sweep 32 tyres with Sweep Pink insert mounted on Sweep Rims.
Do you want to race against some of the World’s top touring car racers, while being commentated on by the legendary Scotty Ernst, in a fun and friendly, yet professional racing atmosphere then be sure to get your entry in for round 3 of the ETS by going here.
The first round of the Italian 1/10th 200mm National Championships was run last weekend at the Messina track, host of the 2005 1/8th scale World Championships. In qualifying for the race it was Umberto Gentile that claimed the pole position in front of local racer Antonino Schepis, while 3rd and 4th went to Mario Spiniello and Guido Barbera. A great start in the final meant that Spiniello could get his TM G4 into the lead were he stayed, taking the win by 1 lap from Xray driver Guido Barbera in 2nd, with Domenico Calce rounding out the podium in 3rd.
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The 2nd round of the Spanish 1/8th scale on road Nationals was run last weekend in Valencia in the south of the country at the same track that will play host to this years European Championships. Qualifying saw round 1 winner Nacho Lopez, take the pole position by less than a second from fellow Mugen racer Josué Artiles in 2nd, while Carlos Peracho and Vicente Eres rounded out the top 4. In the main final Nacho had some problems and would finish the race back in 7th, but up front it was Josué Artiles that would take the win by over a lap from Serpent driver Oscar Cabezas in 2nd, while the 3rd spot went to guest Italian racer Marco Vanni only 1 second further back.