Paul Coleman made his debut race with the Robitronic Mantis at last months Team Losi Nitro Winter Championships held in Tampa Florida. The race was a learning experience for Paul, driving the Mantis in its debut Truggy race Stateside, and he could qualify in 6th position with some consistent running and went on to perform well in the race until he was forced to retire with some technical problems. The car however showed its potential and look good on the track, very stable over the jumps and fast through the corners and looks promising for the rest of the season.
Werks Racing have officially entered the European racing scene by sponsoring their first European racer, top Scandanavian racer Ari Heinonen. The Finnish HoBao racer has agreed terms for 2007 and along with running their Werks Teamline B7 .21 Engines he will also use the Werks pipes as well as the companies buggy and truggy tires.
During our round up of the off road vehicles on show at the Nurnberg toy fair we mentioned the new 1/8th scale buggy from HobbyTech called the STR8, but didnt know much more about it. Well here is a video of it in action and the producers have made it look pretty good, with some rap music and slow motion air shots, i have to say it looks good. Check it out in the video above.
According to the website of the TTech Racing, the company has changed ownership and are now owned by a company called Xtreme-RC. The company that makes the rather unique and very technical looking X10 and XRS 1/10th scale buggies will now be better promoted and will hopefully have the extra cash needed to turn it from small company to major player in the off road RC car industry.
I guess I’m not as up to date on the tire sponsors as i should be, and in buggies it is quite difficult to follow, as it seems i didnt notice the fact that European Champion and Xray team driver Yannick Aigoin has made the switch from Pro Line tyres to GRP. This news came to everyones attention yesterday as he was seen sporting the new rubber, as well as new GRP team wear, at this weekends Montpellier GP. RB Products, for whom Yannick works import both the Pro Line and GRP ranges of tyres into France.
Sunday saw the finals day at the Australian National Offroad Champs and the day that all the the titles were decided. In 1/8th buggy it was Matt Griffin (old picture above) all the way, he dominated through practice and qualifying and won the event comfortably for Kyosho with Zac Ryan taking 2nd position ahead of Justin Millan both racing for Hong Nor. In the truggy class it was Kiwi racer Nathan Toia driving a Hong Nor who took the win, 1 lap ahead of Brad Gale driving a Mugen and Craig Laughton racing for Hot Bodies in 3rd. In the Stadium truck class it was Craig Laughton who took the win ahead of Ron Mya and Zac Ryan rounding off the podium in 3rd position.
Crono driver Nicolas Rodriguez has taken the top qualifying spot for the Montpellier GP, the opening off road race of the European season, in the south of France today. The Falcon powered driver managed to out qualify European Champion and Xray team driver Yannick Aigoin who in turn managed to keep Mugen racer Renaud Savoya behind him in third. The main race will take place tomorrow, Sunday, and we will bring you the results when we get them.