Beating the expected official announcement from Protoform by 10 days or so, RC Tech user, ElliotCanada has a photo of their new 1/8th scale Can Am body, called the Frizbee (not sure if thats the final name or not?). Taken at the recent Canadian Nationals in Hamilton Ontario, the new body is the American companies 2nd new release for this category in 3 months, with the release of the Shadow back in mid May. The body itself sports a number of unique elements such as the lowered center of the rear wing and the use of dimples on the front corners, something similar to what first appeared on the Central body at the end of last year. We will bring you the official word when it is hopefully released later this month.
Atomic RC have released 2 new products today, touring car body shell stiffeners and a Mini-Z protective box. Made from lexan, and sold in a set of 5, the body stiffeners are deisgned to fit any modern touring car shell and are fixed in place, on the roof and sides of the body, using 2 sided tape while the stiffening struts of lexan have been creased to provide a solid structure. Next up is this nifty hard board protective case for your Kyosho Mini-Z, which will allow your car to fit securely and, using foam bridges, keeps it securely in place while protecting it from damage.
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Japanese firm Kawada have announced that in the middle of July they will start selling these pro belts for the Tamiya TA05, as well as for their own Sigma 2 chassis. This new white belt differs from the original which uses glass fibres for strength, by using kevlar, which not only means it is very strong and resists strectching but its also softer and therefore provides a smoother drive train for your car.
Xray are reporting on their site from the 6th and final central German Regional race held in Ettlingen which attracted a number of top drivers including Martin Hudy, who came from Slovakia for the race. Qualifiying saw Xray NT1 driver Dirk Wischnewki take the TQ, after setting a fast time on a slowing track, to place ahead of 2nd qualifer Stefan Hannauer, racing a Kyosho, who had set his fastest time in the first round when the track was quicker. The 3rd spot went to Martin Hudy, driving the NT1, who despite being quick on Saturdays practice couldnt get the same power from his engine on the Sunday, and combined with some bad luck in his heats, could only place 3rd. Before the finals the rain started and the drivers elected to not race and so the qualifying results were the final results which gave Wischnewki the win from Hannauer in 2nd and Hudy in 3rd.
While the Modified and 27T guys were racing their 4th National round in Snetterton, the 19T Super Stock guys had their National in Bedworth, but unfortunately it was affected by rain with most of Saturday a wash out, meaning no practice for the racers present. Onto qualifying and it saw Russell Williams claim the TQ on an improving track, followed by championship leader Chris Kerswell in 2nd and Dewi Jones in 3rd while the 4 cell class saw Mike Hanford Jnr take pole from Bob Burr in 2nd and Adrian Adames in 3rd.
Last weekend, the 3rd round of the Italian 1/8th scale Nationals were run in Cassino, in the south west of the country. Weather was perfect and in qualifying it saw Daniele Ielasi, winner of the French EFRA GP last week, take the top qualifying position ahead of former European Champion Massimo Fantini, while 3rd spot went to Andrea Cristiani, winner of last weekends ATS Trophy race, held on the same track. In the race it was European 1/10th scale Champion Dario Balestri with his Motonica and Fantini with Serpent that made their way to the front of the field battling hard for the entire race. Cristiani had problems with the wheels on his car which put him out of contention while Ielasi and Fabio Domanin collided with each other 3 minutes from the end, taking both drivers out. This allowed Alberto Picco up into 3rd, where he finished, also clinching the Italian National title, while up front Balestri took the win by half a second from Fantini who finished 2nd. In the Junior race it was won by Serpent racer Nicola De Vallier.
The 4th round of the BRCA National Championships for Modified and 27T Stock touring cars took place last weekend at the smooth Snetterton track. Qualifying in the Modified class saw pole position for World Champion Andy Moore, with team mate Olly Jefferies in 2nd and Craig Drescher in 3rd, while in the 27T class it was pole position for Schumacher racer Lee Price, 2nd spot went to Adrian Bidewell while 3rd spot belonged to Rob West.
Serpent are reporting on their site from last weekends “Salzburger Stier” race held in Nussdorf near Salzburg where Daniel Tomaschko lead home a Serpent 720 one, two, three result. This famous friendship race was open to drivers from both Austria and Germany, and saw Tomaschko take his Mega powered 720 to victory over team-mates Gerhard Kandelhart and Scheidl Christian.