November 14, 2007

DRCMU Indoor On-Road Rd1 & Rd2

 DRCMU Indoor On-Road Rd2

We received reports from both the 1st and 2nd round of the Danish DRCMU indoor championships held in Tinglev and Fakse. Round 1 was held in Tinglev near the German border and a few German racers were competing at the event. The drivers were greeted with a high speed track with a very good flow, and many drivers liked it a lot.

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November 14, 2007

Spain & Netherlands take ’07 Nations Cup

Spain & Netherlands take ‘07 Nations Cup

The third running of the annual Serpent Nations Cup took place over the weekend in beautiful sunshine at the Monsanto track in Lisbon, Portugal, where 16 teams representing seven Nations gathered to race for the pride of their country. Previously an exclusive 1:8 scale event, the 2007 edition saw the introduction of the 1:10 Nations Cup and the first 200mm touring car competition attracted drivers from Ireland, France, Spain, Holland, Sweden and host nations Portugal. After 44 Nations Cup races run over the 2 days the 2007 Serpent Nations Cup had come to a close in the most dramatic way possible. Team Portugal (1) had won Leg 2 by 2 points leaving them equal on 163 points with Leg 1 winners and defending Champions Team Netherlands. Unfortunately for the host nation the tie break would be determined on the number of wins achieved by each team and this meant the Cup was returning to Holland with Team Netherlands drivers Rob Kuyper, Stanley Bauer, John Ermen and Miquel Hereijgers. Third overall went to Team Austria. In 1:10, Team Spain’s quest to secure the first ever Nations Cup title was never seriously threatened and the squad of Oscar Cabezas, Rodrigo Pahissa, Javier Hidalgo, Adrian Ortiz and David Lopez deservedly claimed top honours. Completing the 1:10 podium where Team Portugal (1) and a delighted Team France.

Source: Serpent [serpent.com]


November 13, 2007

SIIM PGR engine range

SIIM PGR engine range

We have been contacted by SIIM Racing in Spain to announce the upcoming release of their new engine range called SIIM PGR. The Spanish brand will release 3 engine types, a SIIM PGR S12T for 1/10th touring, a SIIM PGR S21P for 1/8th on road and finally a SIIM PGR S21B for 1/8th buggy. These new engines have been tested for a long period of time to ensure the performance and quality are up to today’s high standards needed to rise the top at international races. Manufactured in Italy in collaboration with a prestigious engine builder, the SIIM PGR engine family will establish a new reference in the international market. Its high performance, durability and design will not go unnoticed for the expert audicences. Photos to follow.

Source: SIIM [siimengines.com]


November 13, 2007

Jacky Mouton wins Serpent F180 GP

Jacky Mouton wins Serpent F180 Grand Prix

Serpent hosted the first official Grand Prix event for their unique F180 formula car over the weekend as part of the annual Serpent Nations Cup event which took place at the Monsanto track in Lisbon, Portugal. Eight drivers travelled from France, Sweden, Netherlands and Portugal to attend the event and were greeted by glorious weather as they hit the track for practice on Friday. On both race days it was Jacky Mouton that topped qualifying and on Saturday it was local ace Luis Simoes that lined up on 2nd while on Sunday it was Dutchman Rob Kuyper who came shared the front row with the French man.

In Saturday’s Leg 1 Final, held under floodlights, Mouton led home fellow countryman Benoit Enicolo for a French 1-2 with Simoes completing the podium. The fastest car on the track was that of Stanley Bauer setting a best lap time of 21.537 seconds with the distinctive orange coloured F180 eventually crossing the finish line in fourth. Sunday’s second final saw the Toyota F1 finished F180 of Dutch driver Michel Nijman capitalise on a late problem to hit Mouton to claim victory. Nijman was on the pace throughout the weekend but in Saturday’s final an early race incident cost him over 2-minutes and despite a strong recovery drive he could only manage fifth but the combined result was still enough for him to claim the overall runners up spot behind Mouton while Enicolo secured third.

Source: Serpent [serpent.com]


November 12, 2007

Shepherd Velox – Brake System

 Shepherd Velox - Brake System

Shepherd Micro Racing have sent us further information on their soon to be released 1/8th scale circuit car, the Velox. Focusing on the car’s “Direct-V-Brake system” they tell us that they had to check many material combinations to find the very best result that they have now. To get durable braking without brake fading, or even complete loss of braking, they had to find the right material, which they did with a special hardware that resulted in great braking efficiency, durable braking, long life brake pads and simple maintanance. With this braking system you can brake hard, with maximum control, and because the brake doesn’t need any complicated adjustments, you can simply assemble the parts in the right place and the brake will work perfectly from the beginning.

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November 12, 2007

KM Racing NT1 titanium 2-speed shaft

KM Racing NT1 titanium 2-speed shaft

Continuing on with the release of hop up parts for the Xray NT1, comes yet another part from KM Racing. This 2-speed gearbox shaft is a direct replacement for the stock version and has been made from a solid piece of lightweight, yet very strong, titanium which helps the overall weight of the car as well as helping reduce rotating mass.

Source: KM Racing [km-rc.com]


November 8, 2007

2008 1/8th scale Euros Cancelled

Roeselare Belgium

We have received some more bad news concerning RC racing, following the immediate halt to EP racing in Norway, and that is that the 2008 European 1/8th scale ‘A’ Championships and preceeding 1/8th scale EFRA GP, to have been held in Roeselare, Belgium have been cancelled. We received the letter from Franky Noens, 1/10th scale section chairman in EFRA and secretary of the Belgian association, saying that due to problems with noise and no immediate solution the events have been cancelled. What hasn’t been said is if they will be held somewhere else or just left off the calendar next year, we would presume that they will find another venue. Roeselare played host to this years European 1/10th scale ‘B’ Championships.

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November 8, 2007

Northwest Indoor Champ Series Rd1

North West Indoor Championship Series Race 1

Xray have a report on their site from the first round of the Northwest Indoor Championship Series that was held at the Seattle Indoor Raceway, which saw just under 100 racers in attendance. With a groove formed after practice and the Friday night club race, Saturday’s qualifying was very quick and saw Darren Shank place first in both TC Mod Foam and 1/12th 19T, while the TQ in the other classes went to Frank Mirabelli in TC stock foam, Marcos Garcia in rubber stock class, Randy Sides the 19T Foam class and Brian Bodine the 19T TC Rubber class. The races ended the very same with all the TC top qualifiers taking their pace into the final and winning it, giving Xray top honours across the board, while in 1/12th 19T, it was Sean Maybell that took the win.

Source: Xray [teamxray.com]