December 22, 2006

Cody King signs to Sirio

Cody King signs to Sirio

Our partner site Neo Buggy are reporting that top US Kyosho off road racer Cody King has made the move to Sirio engines after previously running with the Team Orion made WASP motors. This is of course the exact opposite move made by Adrien Bertin 2 days ago, but of course thats just coincedence.

Source: Neo-Buggy [neobuggy.net]


December 21, 2006

Oren Levy is Israeli HotWheels Champion

Oren Levy

Xray are reporting on their site that they have won last weekend HotWheels Israeli Championship for 1/8th off road buggies. The championship results were decided in the final race of the year and it was Oren Levy driving the Xray XB8 that took the title ahead of Yaniv Sivan in 2nd place and another Xray racer Yosi Stern in 3rd.

The XRAY team was driving awesome this season. All team members reported that the car was handling very well and all were very satisfied with the car’s performance and handling. Most racers succeeded in improving their results during this season using the superb XRAY XB8TQ kit.

Read the full report here.

Source: Xray [teamxray.com]


December 21, 2006

GRP release innovative exhaust system

GRP FLS Exhaust Pipe

GRP have announced the release of their new innovative 3 chamber exhaust system for 3.5cc off road engines. The innovation isn’t the new titanium colored finish but instead with the fact that the need for springs in mounting the exhaust to the manifold is eliminated with a new patented locking system called FLS.

The main novelty is the FLS (Fast Link System), studied and patented by GRP worldwide. This new system eliminates the need for springs, gaskets between the manifold and the pipe. You simply insert them and twist and it locks into place. Not only the FLS is new but also the pipe is made from a harder material, titanium finishing and a true 3 chamber model, guranteeing high performance and low noise.

Source: GRP [grp-gandini.com]


December 20, 2006

David Crompton confirmed for Team Magic

David Crompton confirmed for Team Magic

After David Cromptons debut last weekend at the Neo Invitational in which he drove the all new Team Magic M1B and got into the main final, it seem obvious that the British Champion was destined to race this car in 2007, and now it has been confirmed.

CML are very excited about having the top driver in British Rallycross to help bring this car to the market and look forward to a enjoyable and fruitful season. David will be joined in the Team Magic camp by Dave Bailey, another top driver from the CML stable and we believe with these two drivers we have very strong driver line up to promote the M1-B.

Source: CML [cmldistribution.co.uk]


December 19, 2006

MRC Academy seeking US team drivers

MRC Academy

Our partner site RC Forum are reporting that MRC Academy USA are seeking team drivers for their home market to race their off road buggies. Read the requirements below and see if you fit the bill.

MRC/ACADEMY (USA) is looking for OFFROAD Team Drivers. Currently we have about 20 drivers on our team, that is very small amount to represent this big market. We are looking for above average racers, with a professional track attitude, and vast chassis/setup knowledge. If you are, or know someone that would like to run for us, that is an accomplished racer, and that has the qualities to represent a company like us, please e-mail me your racing resume to DAVEG@modelrectifier.com. I will answer every single e-mail, no matter if we decide to bring you on as a team driver or not. I look forward to hearing from you, thank you for your time.

So if you are pretty decent on the dirt this could turn out to be a pretty sweet deal.

Source: RC Forum [rcforum.co.kr]


December 19, 2006

Chris Doughty reports on his 1/8th buggy debut

Chris Doughty Neo Invitational

Former 1/10th scale 4wd electric buggy European Champion Chris Doughty made his 1/8th scale gas buggy race debut last weekend at the Neo Invitational Indoor event. Driving his LRP powered HoBao he put on a solid show to claim 17th overall and even managed to bump up from his 1/4 final into the semi despite struggling with longer than 5 minute run times and only loosing his fuel stop virginity during his first final.

He has written a long and detailed report on his race weekend so check it out here.

Source: Doughty UK [doughtyuk.net]


December 19, 2006

David Crompton gives us the lowdown on the M1B debut

David Crompton with Team Magic M1B

Last weekend the much hyped Team Magic M1B 1/8th scale buggy made its race debut at the Neo Invitational event in the hands of British Champion David Crompton. Whilst testing was limited with the car before the event David adapted well and got the car into a semi final position only to suffer bad luck with electrical problems.

David tested the car in the Semi final warm up (10mins) and found that the changes he had done made the car feel easier to drive when driven hard, but at the start of the semi final David had electrical problems which sent the car flat out into the wall and broke the car. It was impossible to fix in the 5 mins the race director gave him so David was offered to drive a friends car, which is not in the rules but after asking all the drivers in his final no one objected so David was able to race while his pit crew fixed his M1-B ready for the Main final. David finished 4th in his semi which put him 11th on the grid. They managed to get the M1-B to the start line, but little did they know that due to the heavy impact with the wall it had damaged the steering servo and cracked the fuel tank so David retired after 6 mins.

Read the full report from David here.

Source: Nitro-Models [nitro-models.co.uk] Image: oOple [oople.com]


December 18, 2006

oOple pictures from the 2006 Neo Invitational race

Oople Neo Invitational

Top RC action photographer oOple (Jimmy Storey) has uploaded his amazing photo set from the 2006 Neo Invitational event. They really capture the athmosphere and excitement of the event and i know i keep going on about, but he takes some of the best action shots you’re likely to see. oOple also did a report from the event which contains interviews and insight so if you haven’t seen that yet be sure to check it out.

View the oOple race report here. View the photo gallery here, here and here.