Xray have a report from the 1st round of the Swiss Electric Touring car nationals that was held 2 weekends ago in bad weather conditions. Saturdays practice was rained off and Sundays qualifying rounds took place on a wet, then dry, track and after 4 rounds it was Bastien De Marco that took the pole spot ahead of Mario Rigert in 2nd place. In the dry finals it was Xray racer Mario Rigert that could take the win in front of his team mates Sacha Lnenicka and Daniel Fankhauser in 2nd and 3rd repectively.
We showed you the results from the 3rd round of the 1/8th scale French Nationals that took place last weekend, well now its the turn of the 1/10th 200mm racers who were also in action at the weekend, this time at the Angouleme track in the west of the country. In qualifying for the Open class it was Mugen racer Renaud Monin that took the top spot ahead of B-A Arnaldi in 2nd and Sebastien Wartelle in 3rd. In the final it was a close battle from the start between the top qualifiers with Wartelle dropping out with problems just after half way followed by pole man Monin with transmission problems, leaving Kyosho racer B-A Arnaldi to take the win ahead of 2nd placed, Serpent racer, Michael Derderian with Nicolas Bougnoteau, driving for Xray, close behind in 3rd.
In the National class it was Mugen racer Frederic Blanchard that took the win in a close battle with 2nd placed Joffrey Defie, driving a Kyosho, while 3rd position went to Thomas Guillon with another Kyosho.
We have shown you the work done by Masaaki Hirosaka on the Kyosho Stallion before in which he has completely modified it to the point that it is hardly recognisable. Today on his site he has announced that his version of the car will be shown at this weeks Shizuoka Hobby show, and judging by the very neat and final looking car in the picture above we presume it is getting ready to be sold. Also mentioned on his site is the fact that he will be selling, to order, pre built versions of the standard Kyosho Stallion TF-5, so if you ever wanted your car built by a World Champions mechanic, now is your chance.
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.