This weekend has seen the European 1/8th scale Championships for drivers aged 40 and over, run at the AMC Hildesheim track in Germany, alongside the European 1/10th 235mm Championship. In the 1/8th scale class qualifying it was French Kyosho driver Eric Nougier that took the pole position from Serpent driver Karl Heinz Meister in 2nd, while in the 235mm class it was Belgian racer Eric D’hondt that claimed the top qualifying spot ahead of current European title holder Alain Levy in 2nd. The 1/8th scale race saw an easy win for the French driver, after Meister claimed the lead after 10 minutes and then immediately went out with a rear belt failure allowing Nougier back in front and able to pull out a 2 lap cushion ahead of eventual 2nd placed finisher Christoph Pietsch with Austrian driver Peter Grandinger claiming 3rd spot at the end of the 45 minute race. In the 235mm final a problem for pole man D’hondt saw him sidelined after only 7 minutes which made it easier for Glyn Beal from the UK to work his way to the front where he eventually finished, despite the German racer Jens Stark in 2nd keeping him honest for the entire race, local driver Thomas Plöger rounded out the podium in 3rd.
This weekend saw the 4th round of the Dutch 200mm Nationals take place at the world famous MACH track in Heemstede, just outside Amsterdam. The weather was sunny and dry and the event was open to the main NK class, as well as the 200mm Nomac class and the Promo class for 1/8th scale. In qualifying it was European Championship runner up Jilles Groskamp, racing for Xray, that took the pole position by a huge 6 seconds ahead of 2nd placed Remy Moller racing for Serpent while 3rd qualifier was Kyosho racer Daan Jacobs and 4th spot, and final direct qualifer, went to championship leader Maarten van Lierop. In the race it was Mugen driver Richard Keur, who drove a steady race from 5th on the grid to take the win, after Groskamp had some engine troubles that dropped him down the order to an eventual 6th. Daan Jacobs worked his way up 2nd spot by the finish, followed 1 lap further back by Van Lierop who has secured his championship lead even further with a solid 3rd position.
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Kimihiko Yano have shown the first pictures of the new CRC Generation-X JSpec 1/12th scale chassis that has been co-developed between them and CRC in the USA. The car above in the picture is a prototype but when released it will come with a softer 2.21mm chassis plate, a 3mm longer wheelbase, adjustable battery mounting position and much more. The car is still being tested and should hope to be finalised before the Japanese nationals later in the year.
Japanese r/c product importers, Team Honest, have released this new range of colour coded perfomance shock springs. The front springs are 20mm long and are available in 3 different colours, green – 1.9mm/6.5 volume, blue – 1.8mm/7 volume and yellow – 1.9mm/7 volume. Also available for the rear, the 26mm long springs come sold in 2 different versions, blue – 1.8mm/7 volume and green – 1.9mm/6.5 volume.
The 2nd round of the 1/8th scale North German regional qualifiers was held last weekend at the AMC Hildesheim track, host of this weekends European 40+ Championships. With 25 drivers present in the class, most racers were at the track on the Saturday for setup work, track practice and the first qualifying runs. Kyosho racer Lars Hoppe, winner of the stock class at the 2006 DHI cup, set a new track record in his run but transponder problems at the event meant that the result didnt count and qualifying would be taken from the Sunday only, were Jürgen Stark took the pole position in front of Lars Hoppe in 2nd and Jens Stark in 3rd. In the race Hoppe could take the lead from the very start and pull out a 2 lap advantage to take the win after 30 minutes, coming home in front of Sepent driver Jan Asmer in 2nd and Mugen racer Konstantin Saritsaklis in 3rd.
We have another announcement from our partners at the RC Pro Series, this time its to tell you that Kissimmee Raceway will host the 2nd Annual Kyosho US Fuel Sedan Championships, an event sanctioned by RC Pro, on the 26th to 28th of October. This event is open to all 200mm sedan racers and membership of RC Pro is not required.
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We wrote about his motor back in May when it was first released in Japan and now that it has come state side we have more information. The O.S. Speed .12TZ Spec II engine has a magnesium head that’s 35% lighter than standard head material which helps lower the engine’s centre of graivty, essential for touring cars. The front bearing is sealed and the rear bearing is ceramic which resists heat and lasts longer than a steel balled version. The crankshaft has also been coated to fight friction and increase durability and is lightened and epoxy-filled for more efficient fuel direction.
While the 19T guys were getting wet in Stafford, the Modified and 27T Stock racers were getting wet at their National, as the 6th round of the BRCA Championships took place at the Barham track in the south east of the country. In qualifying there was only one dry round and in this round it was Yokomo racer Chris Grainger that took the TQ ahead of Hot Bodies driver Olly Jefferies in 2nd. In the first leg of the finals it was Jefferies that got the jump on Grainger at the start and went on the win with Chris in 2nd and young HB driver Elliot Harper bringing it home in 3rd. In the 2nd final it was Grainger that got the good start and when Jefferies fell down the order he could could pull out half a lap to take the win from Corally driver Glen Doman in 2nd with Elliot once again in 3rd. Chris Grainger took the overall round win, and with it clinched the 2007 Modified National title, Doman ended up 2nd on the day with Harper in 3rd.
In the 27T Stock class it was Adrian Bidewell that took the TQ from Glen Westwood in 2nd and Lee Price in 3rd, while in the finals Glen could take both final leg wins for the overall victory with Rob West coming home in 2nd and Bidwell in 3rd.