We first reported on the Robert Pietsch designed Shepherd Racing Velox 1/8th scale back in February when it was shown for the first time at the Nurnberg toy fair. We now have more detailed pictures of the car and an explanation, from the guys at Shepherd Racing, on how the cars innovative rear braking system works and below we have created a small diagram to show this function.
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While the Mod and 27 Turn boys were in Stafford the 19 Turn racers were having their first round of the 2007 National series at the fast flowing Snetterton track. In qualifying it was Chris Kerswell, driving the new Corally RDX Phi, that took the top qualifying spot breaking the class lap record on this way to record a very fast 22 lapper, with Yokomo racer Keith Robertson in 2nd and Schumacher driver Jonathan Dromfield in 3rd. In the finals it was an easy win for pole man Chris Kerswell in both finals and he could take the round win ahead of Keith Robertson in 2nd and Jonathan Dromfield in 3rd.
Last weekend saw the first round of the BRCA modified championships take place at the Stafford track. Qualifying saw World Champion Andy Moore, driving for Hot Bodies, take the pole position ahead of 2nd place Chris Grainger, driving for Yokomo, and Craig Drescher, with the pre production Associated TC5 in 3rd.
In the first final it was a clean win for Moore who finished just ahead of Xray racer Ben Cosgrove with Grainger in 3rd while in the 2nd final Moore had a coming together with Grainger, which saw Grainger knocked back to 3rd behind Moore and Drescher. Just as Drescher was gearing up for a pass on Moore, the HB driver lost drive gifting Drescher the top spot and win in front of Grainger and Jefferies in 2nd and 3rd respectively. These results compiled gave Yokomo racer Chris Grainger the round 1 win ahead of Xray driver Ben Cosgrove in 2nd and HB racer Olly Jefferies in 3rd.
Also present running at the event was the 27 Turn class which was won by Jimmy Maddison driving the TOP Scythe with Luke Hobson in 2nd and Andrew Twigger in 3rd.
Xpress have released details about their upcoming 1/10th scale touring car chassis, the Mini Road Runner II. Available in a Pro version and cheaper Junior version, the $189 Pro version comes with a full carbon chassis, CNC machined bulkheads and motor mount while the standard version comes with a FRP chassis, and plastic bulkheads but is $60 cheaper at $129.
Thunder Tiger Europe have announced the release of their latest ready to run 4wd shafte driven electric touring car, the Prowler VX. Equally good on both carpet and tarmac, this makes a great entry level car and comes with 2 channel radio, 17 turn electric motor, aluminium motor mount, forward and reverse speedo and front and rear sealed differentials. The car also features a lot of identical parts throughout meaning that the amount of spares that you need to bring to the track is kept at a minimum.
Serpent are reporting on their teams victory at last weekends round 2 of the Greek 1/8th Nationals. Qualifying his Mega MF powered 960 on pole, round 1 winner, Giannis Sotiropoulos was in full control of proceedings winning the 30 minute encounter from team-mate Mimis Papadopoulos in 2nd with Kyosho driver Leonidas Farmakis in 3rd.
Kyosho have just today released information about the 2007 conversion set for their World Champion Evolva 1/8th scale kit. The new conversion set includes a number of major changes, with the most visible difference being the all new radio plate as well as new front body mount plate while other not so visible changes, but still major, are an updated rear body mount and shortened rear upper wishbones.
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Continuing their Racer in the Spotlight series, Serpent have interviewed last weekends Belgian Nationals winner, and 2006 European A Finalist, Robin d’Hondt. Robin has achieved a lot in his short time racing and despite a restricted race program this year, due to school commitments, he will take part in this years European Championships in Lostallo Switzerland as well as competing in his National Championship against team mate Steven Cuypers. As with all driver interviews it gives you a nice insight into the person, so check it out.