Our partners RC Infos have a full report on last weekends first round of the Swiss Nationals that was held in Wallisellen. Qualifying saw European ‘B’ finalist Beat Walti, driving the Xray NT1, take the pole position ahead of Mattia Pesenti racing the Team Magic car in 2nd with another Xray, that of Traugott SchÃ¤r lining up in 3rd. In the race Walti was able to ease away to the win while behind the battle for 2nd was fought which saw Pesenti sidelined with a broken 2nd gear on his car early in the race, allowing Dirk Stammler racing for Mugen through to take 2nd and SchÃ¤r ending the race in 3rd.
Read the full report and check out the many pictures here.
Last week we reported on the 1/10th scale results from the 3rd round of the South Germany regionals in Rosenheim, which saw Robert Pietsch take the win for Xray. Robert was also in action in the 1/8th scale class at the same event, and the Novarossi team driver, who has won the first 2 rounds, showed once again that he is in top form. After 4 rounds of qualification he placed his Shepherd Velox on pole position, 7 seconds faster than Mugen driver Armin Baier in 2nd with Kyosho team driver Andreas Hammerl in 3rd. The final took place under perfect weather conditions with Robert making the most of the clear track in front of him at the start and could pull out an advantage maintaining his position to the end, winning by 2 laps in front of his uncle Christoph Pietsch while 3rd place went to Andreas Hammerl, 2 laps further back.
We were sent a link about this car today and while i dont think it can be considered a competition car, it is so bizarre it deserves a mention. The concept of the Italian made Guya, is that those among us who cant decide between a 1/8th or 1/10th scale circuit car can purchase the Guya which will serve all your needs. Tired of racing 1/8th scale, loosen a few nuts, slide the chassis closed, screw in the wishbones, instant 200mm, prefer to race a 2wd or even an electric powered car, again no problem this car has it all. While the car features inboard suspension and a lay down engine, it is more of an engineering excercise than a viable product, and so we will give the maker credit for some new thinking, even if it is to find a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist.
We reported on Monday that Marc Rheinard had won the Invitational class at this years Reedy Race in California, but the event also played host to a very competitive 19T Spec and Open Modified classe too. In the 19T spec class it was local Tamiya driver Corey Lewis that took the race TQ and in the finals obtained a 3rd in the first final before going on to win the next two finals in convincing fashion, which gave Corey the overall victory ahead of TJ Bradley in 2nd and Juan Aveytia in 3rd.
In the Open Modified class it was Kyle Skidmore that took the top qualifying spot and went on to win the first leg of the A-main only for, non finisher in race 1, Ryan Cavalieri to come through and take the 2nd leg win ahead of Kyle. Ryan brought his quick pace through into the 3rd leg, taking a 2nd position which was enough to take the overall win for the new Team Associated TC5 with Skidmore finishing in 2nd and Rod Canare in 3rd.
We wrote about some newly released products from German brand Orcan only last week, and now they have released 2 more products,exhaust systems to be exact. Manufactured by German company Mielke, the first exhaust system you see above is for .12 on road motors and has been designed to work best with Novarossi based engines, enhancing engine durability and performance. The second exhaust system is suitable for 3.5cc buggy motors and provides the same benefits as the smaller system with both exhausts featuring the Mielke SNAP technology and are both EFRA approved.
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Xray have a brief report on their site from the 2nd round of the Greek electric Nationals which was held last weekend on the Patras circuit. Harris Katikas, racing for Xray, completely dominated the World (open) class race by taking the TQ and the overall win ahead of team mates Nikolakopoulos and Agelakopoulos in 2nd and 3rd respectively. In the National class it was a win for Karabelas with 2nd going to Flabouris while Balasis took 3rd.
Last weekend saw the 2007 Reedy Touring Car Race held at Tamiya America’s soon to be closed track in California. Attracting a large amount of top international racers for the Invite class, the event features a qualifying & final race format in which the best six results from 8 rounds count and are used to determine the winner. After all the running it was German racer, and former World Champion, Marc Rheinard that could take the overall win, despite a slow first day that saw him down in 6th position meaning the Tamiya driver had to work hard on the Sunday to claim his second Reedy Race title in a row. British racer Craig Drescher, racing the all new Team Associated TC5, came home in 2nd place just ahead of his team mate Juho Levanen of Finland.
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The 2007 FEMCA Championships are over and 2 new champions have been crowned at the JITC in Jakarta, Indonesia. In the 1/10th scale class it was Serpent 720 racer Teddy Syatch that came out on top with a 4 lap advantage over Singapore Kyosho racer Philip Lee, while Xray NT1 racer Sadikan came home in 3rd. Pole position sitter, Japanese racer Ken Furukawa, racing for Kyosho, had a difficult race and came home in 5th.
In the 1/8th scale main final, there was drama at the end of the 45 minute final when Serpent 960 racer Suruth V. took the win by 1 lap only to be disqualified for being 10 grams underweight, a bitter blow for the Thai driver. This handed the win to Japanese Mugen racer Yuruki Kazuya who took the win by 1 lap ahead of 1/10th class winner, and local Serpent racer, Teddy Syatch in 2nd while another Japanese racer Yokoyama Masaki, with another Serpent 960 came home in 3rd.