Japanese firm Eagle Racing have announced the release of the new version of their setup board for 1/12th, up to 1/8th scale, chassis’. The board itself is similar to most setup boards on the market, but the unique part, apart from the printed measurement, is the built in tweak board. Pivoting inside the setup board it allows the user to quickly check their tweak without the need to setup a seperate tweak board, while the board itself features a flat level so that you know that you have placed the board flat, ensuring that the tweak is accurate.
Last weekend saw the 2nd round of the Spanish 1/8th scale National Championship take place at the fast new Valladolid track, 2 hours north west of Madrid. In the main final, round 1 winner and current National Champion, Oscar Cabezas was bumped into which dropped him back to last which meant he had to put on a recovery drive, which he duly did, working his way back up to the front of the field. Mugen racer Josue Artiles took the race win after a steady drive just ahead of Juanito Hidalgo, driving for Motonica, while Serpent racer Cabezas ended the race in 3rd position, only 1 lap behind the leaders.
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Last weekend in the South France, saw the 3rd round of the French National 1/8th scale Championships take place at the Beaumont-Monteux track. In qualifying for the Elite class it was round 1 winner Nicolas Guillot that took the top qualifying spot ahead of round 2 winner Stephane Bouche, both racing for Mugen.
In the main final Guillot could easily pull away after an accident in the first corner cost his Championship rival Bouche 5 minutes as he had to replace his exhaust system. Guillot was unchallanged at the front and took the win, while behind him it was Kyosho racer Adrien Siegfried that took the 2nd spot ahead of local Kyosho racer Jerome Papaconstantinos who was gifted the position after previous 3rd placed man Anthony Abisset, driving for Serpent, ran into troubles near the end of the race. In the National class it was Mugen racer Yoann Coelho that took the win, in front of 2nd placed Frederic Ragaru driving for Kyosho while 3rd place fell to another Mugen, that of Jeremy Becht.
Following on from his win in the 1st round of the Southern German regionals, and his podium spot at last months Swiss GP, Robert Pietsch was once again in top form taking the win at the 2nd round of the regional championships, held last weekend in TÃ¼rkheim. The Shepherd Velox driver claimed the TQ spot after 6 rounds of qualifying on his way to setting a new track record, while Andreas Hammerl, driving for Kyosho, lined up 2nd followed by Euro-B Vice champion Eric Dankel in 3rd. In the final Robert could defend his first place from the start with Hammerl right behind him until after the first round of pitstops when Andreas had to retire, gifting Mugen racer Eric Dankel the 2nd place which is how it stayed with Serpent-driver Philip Eberle claiming the final podium spot in 3rd.
Last weekend in Italy at the fast Fiorano track, close to the Ferrari test track, the second round of the Italian Nationals took place and in qualifying it was young Serpent racer Andrea Cristiani that took the TQ with Mugen driver, and round 1 winner, Alberto Picco lining up in 2nd with Lamberto Collari in 3rd for Kyosho. The race was an hour long, and so endurance was as important as speed and in the end it was Daniele Ielasi, who had won his semi final to make it into the main, that took the win by 1 lap ahead of Alberto Picco, while pole man Andrea Cristiani finished in 3rd position, 5 laps back, after some pit lane and engine problems but still managed to set the fastest race lap.
Last weekend saw the 2nd round of the Swiss Championship take place in Wallisellen, near Zurich, the same track which held the EC-B 1/8 in the 1998. Our man Mattia Pesenti was in action at the event, as he was in round 1, driving his Novarossi powered Motonica and has provided us with this report.
We started with the qualifying rounds on Saturday after dinner, I had some problems with my engine so I had to change it. I did my best round in the last round, until that I was 7th and after the last round I was in the Top 4.
Corally have announced the release of a new front end conversion that emulates that used by David Spashett to win last summers World Championship for the Dutch manufacturer. Of course everyone knows that David, and a lot of other Corally racers, were running the CRC front end on their cars, so now Corally have recreated this for themselves and will now be sold as the 12X WC Front suspension conversion kit.
Since David Spashett has become 1:12 IFMAR World Champion 2006 with Corally SP12X US Spec, with a special front end of which brand we all know about, and the demand from end-consumers never seemed to cease, we have finally decided to offer them in our repertoire. All the parts needed to complete the special front end to enable you to simulate the feeling of the true world champion machine are now available.
Sirio might have been dropped by Kyosho in favour of CRF for team and kit supply but Sirio are still going strong and are still producing very competitive engines. We got hold of images of Sirios 2007 engine lineup from our sponsors, and official Sirio agents, The Border, and we have put them online to show you. A lot of the motors carry forward from last year with the exception of the CL7R STI (above) which is the latest and greatest version of their 3.5cc circuit motor, and the CL7B STI which is the latest top of the line 3.5cc buggy engine. The Border will have most of this line-up of motors in stock from next week onwards, so if you like what you see you can check them out there next week.