Xray have a report on their site, from team driver Paul Lemiuex, on the 3rd round of the Midwest series that was run recently in Canton Mi, a suburb of Detroit. Qualifying saw a complete lock out of the top 5 places by Xray, with Paul Lemiuex taking the pole position followed closely by Bobby Flack in 2nd while the 3rd spot went to Tom Espisito.
The mains were set and from the tone it was myself and Bobby Flack battling it out for the first few laps, with Chris in third and Tom in toe. Very soon into the 30min final I had a glow plug go bad and after missing 4 laps got back on the track. The race was now being lead by Bobby Flack who also had an issue which caused him to miss some amount to time in the pits, as I begun to work my way back threw the field from last it was Chris Doseck in the lead with Bobby Flack beginning to close and Goop all the way from 8th on the grid running third as Tom Espisito also had problems. I was able to run very fast for the rest of the final and make up a couple of laps to get past Goop in the last 5 minutes or so as Chris had a 1 lap lead over me and Bobby had a nice lead over Chris at the end.
Novarossi have developed 5 new engines under the Nova engine brand which have been specially developed for drivers on a budget who require a durable engine that produces a good amount of power. The sleeves of all these engines feature 3 transfer ports and are made from brass with a hard-chromed layer that reduces wear, while the crankshaft is very strong and delivers provides good power delivery. On offer are a 3.5cc circuit engine (N21-3T), two 2.1cc circuit engines with slide (N12TS1) and rotary (N12TSR1) carburettor, a .12 engine (N12ST) for 1/10th stadium trucks and finally a budget 3.5cc buggy motor (N21B-2001BF).
The fourth round of the Belgian 1/8th scale National Championships was run at the Bierset track over the weekend and it was newly crowned Benelux Champion Robin D’Hondt that proved he was the class of the field by taking the win ahead of Serpent team mate Steven Cuypers in 2nd with Eric Vandereyt in 3rd. Serpent have the full race report from D’Hondt on their website, which you can check out here.
Last weekend the Auto Model Club Ampuis played host to the 2007 French EFRA GP for 200mm and apart from a few foreign drivers the event was very much an all French affair. Qualifying, which was held in dry conditions, saw Kyosho driver Adrien Bertin set both a new individual lap record and overall 5 minute qualifying record, to take the pole position ahead of B.A. Arnaldi in 2nd and Belgian driver Jérôme Renaux in 3rd. Unfortunately for race day the rain came down and this put a bit of a dampener on proceedings but the race went ahead anyway and it Kyosho driver Sébastien Wartelle that took the win, by a lap, from 2nd placed Adrien Bertin with 3rd spot going to the Renaud Monin.
Team Orion driver, Josh Cyrul has won the 2007 ARCOR World Championships held recently at Freddies Hobbies asphalt oval track, in Ohio. This was the first running of the World Championships for this oval racing class, and it was top US driver Josh Cyrul, using his Revolution V2 Oscar Special 7 turn motor, that took the win in the brushed class. We also have a few videos from the event to show the stress that these motors have to put up with during such an event, that sees the cars racing flat out for 4 minutes at high speeds.
Following on from the news that Protoform will release a new 1/8th scale body, the Frizbee, comes more pictures from ElliotCanada on RC Tech. The picture we had before of the clear unpainted body didnt allow us to see the unique details around the back of the engine before, and if you look at the pictures you will see that there is trailing aerodymanic aids just behind both the motor head and air filter. I presume this is to reduce airflow distortion caused by the engine and INS box before it reaches the rear wing, but whether this really makes a difference is to be seen on the track, although early reports suggest that this body performs well so they must be doing something.
Last weekend at the fast Fiorano track in Italy, close the Ferrari test track, was the 2007 running of the Trofeo Novarossi for 1/8th and 1/10th 200mm cars. The race was attended by a lot of fast Italian drivers who were also joined Japanese Motonica racer Masao Tanaka and current European B Champion Jernej Vuga amongst others. After qualifying, which was run on Saturday night and Sunday morning, it was local Serpent ace, Andrea Cristiani, that took the pole position ahead of Mugen driver Stefano Solaroli with Italian National round 3 winner Dario Balestri in third and Andrea Pirani rounding out the top 4.
The start of the 30 minute main saw some problems for Balestri which dropped him down the order meaning he had to go on a recovery drive, while the leading group pulled away. Cristiani was hardly pressured throughout the race, despite Balestri setting blistering lap times trying to recover, and could take the win by 1 lap from Solaroli in 2nd with another Serpent in 3rd driven by Giordano Agostinelli. The 1/10th scale race saw a win for Giorgio Smacchi who finished 3 laps ahead of the following pairing of Rocco Ania and Andrea Zucchi, who finished in 2nd and 3rd, only 3 seconds apart.
Corally have announced the release of number of new items for their RDX and RDX Phi 190mm touring cars. First up for the Phi are 4 new bulkheads which feature an all new lighweight design that incorporates a lower center of gravity while the design features a milled down surface to allow the use of an extra secure mounting of the newly improved clamps. Those new clamps feature countersunk screw holes to allow the use of an extra screw for fastening the couplers much tighter, to avoid dislocation during impact. And finally Corally have released some new duraluminium turnbuckles which are lightweight, strong and come in 4 different lengths.