Kenji Osaka has taken a comfortable win in the 2006 Japanese 1/8th off road Nationals held at the Extreme Club in Japan. Kenji, driving a Ninja powered Mugen, had qualified 4th after qualifying, but this former national Champion pulled it together when it counted to win the race by 16 seconds after 1 hours racing. Second place went to former World Champion Yuichi Kanai driving his Sirio powered Kyosho whilst team mate Atsuhi Kawamoto finished 3rd, a lap down on the leaders, and 11 seconds ahead of 2nd placed qualifier and eventual 4th place finisher Atsushi Hara.
This weekend sees the running of the previously postponed Japanese 1/8th scale off road Nationals. Held at the Extreme Club in the north of Japan near Aomori, the first running in October was postponed because of a typhoon and 36 hours of solid rain. So this weekend the event is being re-run and it was Kyosho racer Kazuya Tanaka that has taken top qualifying spot for tomorrows finals ahead of a surprising Atsushi Hara in second place driving for Hot Bodies. In third place is the winner of this years Kyosho Masters, and former World Champion, Yuichi Kanai driving for Kyosho and rounding out the top 4 is former 1/8th circuit World Champion Kenji Osaka for Mugen. Racing takes place tomorrow and we will bring you the final results when we get them.
Just a quick update after 2 completed rounds at the US Indoor Champs in Cleveland. Paul Lemieux is currently TQ for the 1/10th Modified class, having a close battle wit Mike Dumas for the top spot. Whilst in the 1/12th Masters class, its Mr. CRC himself, Frank Calandra just holding on to the top spot with Kelly Bean only 4 tenths behind after 8 minutes. Jeff Dayger and Andrew Ellis easily head up the 1/12th 19Turn and 1/12th Stock classes respectively. More action today and we will bring you the final qualifying spots when we get them.
X-Factory have announced that they have signed US racer Frank Root to race their products. Already in his first race, the first round of the SRZ AZ State Championship, Frank who was driving the X-5 buggy set the fastest overall lap time of the day on his way to third position at the event.
Our partner site Neo-Buggy have the official word that French driver Jerome Aigoin, brother of European Champion Yannick, has signed for the Italian company Sirio to race its engines. Jerome, who left HaoBao for Kyosho recently, has left behind his partnership with Picco to join the ranks of Sirio elite like Bertin, Kanai and Reckward.
The title says it all, the RC Pro Series had their awards banquet for the Nitro Off Road Series and here are the photos. As you can see Tebo and Taylor were there, amongst others, but i don’t see Adam Drake in any of the banquet photos, so lucky we already have a picture of him with his championship winning trophies.
Now i normally don’t post links to product builds or reviews because i like Red RC to be more of a news source but in this case we’ll make an exception. Jimmey Storey over at oOple.com has done and amazingly detailed review of the new X-Factory X-6 2wd conversion kit. The images and layout, as well as the words & tips, in this build are some of the best you’ll ever be likely to see. I urge you to check it out.
Read the X-Factory X-6 build here. You can also read other reviews and builds from oOple here.