Last weekend saw the New South Wales State championships take place at the Moore Bank Raceway in Sydney, as made famous by the 2001 1/8th scale World Championships. The race played host to 1/10th touring Pro, touring Pullstart and 1/8th scale and was event was meant to be completed on Sunday, but due to rain on that day the finals were run on the Monday rain day, ensuring a fair race for everyone. In the 1/8th scale class it was Kyosho racer Rick Bartolozzi that took the top qualifier spot and in the race lead from start to finish to take the State title with Wayne Walker finishing a close 2nd on the same lap while Peter Jovanovic came home in 3rd, 4 laps behind the leading pair.
In 1/10th toruing Pro it was Peter Jovanovic that took the pole position for the final but in the race it was Chris Reade that lead the race all the way, right up until it was stopped just short of the full distance due of rain which ensured Reade took the win, while Worlds podium finisher Jovanovic, who was closing before the race was stopped, finished in 2nd, only 8 seconds behind with Darren Campbell coming home in 3rd, 2 laps down. In the Pullstart class it was Joe Patane that took the win, after early race leader Ray Zarb ran into problems, with John Bates and Blake Young claiming the 2nd and 3rd spots respectively.
Xray have released this new optional narrow upper deck for their T2’007 190mm electric touring car. Made from 2mm carbon, when mounted the car should be easier to drive because it increases overall traction and is recommended to be used on low-traction tracks, either asphalt or carpet.
This news piece is just for a bit of fun as i appreciate when people make things like this due to the work, and in this case the craftsmanship, involved in such a project. This particular project is from a guy called Rene (Serum), that judging by the other conversions he has made, knows a thing or two about making a long term project like this. As far as i know the car hasnt been driven yet but what he has done is custom make a new radio plate, motor mount, battery mount and gearbox shaft and single speed assembly and stick in a brushless system. It should be pretty wicked to see when finished.
You can check out more pictures of this project here, or see some of his other amazing pieces of work here.
Tech Racing, makers of the MY07 Medusa EX, have announced their new Athlete conversion set for the Tamiya TA05. Featuring a long center upper deck, the car is now super rigid, making it perfect for high traction surfaces and the new kit also sports a much lower center of gravity than that on the standard kit. Another new item in the conversion kit is a new motor mount that allows you to remove the motor without having to remove the pinion gear and the part is also made in such a way as to keep the center of gravity as low as possible.
Last weekend saw the first round of the UK 1/8th scale Nationals take place at the Mendip track in the mid west of England. Mark Green, winner of the Pre Worlds in Argentina and round 1 of the UK 200mm Nationals, carried forward his top form to this race to take the TQ at this event ahead of fellow Serpent racer Richard Hicklin, with Dave Dixon in 3rd. In the race itself it was Mark once again that took the win, followed home by Mugen racer Gareth Bell in 2nd, 3 laps down with Andrew North completing the podium in 3rd, a further 2 laps down on Bell.
Parma have announced the release of their new Pro 53 touring car foam tires, mounted on all new wheels that have been designed to meet new ROAR rules that allow an increase in the minimum inner diameter of the wheel to 53mm. The new wheel is a larger, dish style design that has superior strength with a lower profile rubber sidewall producing less flex with a stiffer, more stable driving feel.
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Mugen have officially announced the release of their new MTX4-R, an updated version of the car that won last years 1/10th 200mm World Championships in Brisbane. The ‘R’ is more of a pro version than a new car and mostly comes with optionals as standard, as opposed to new parts or geometry. A full list of those new included parts can be found below.
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Last weekend saw the opening round of the 2007 Dutch Nationals take place at the very fast Rucphen track in the south west of the country. The event played host to the 2 Dutch National 1/8th scale classes, the NK class for the top guys and the Nomac class for slightly slower drivers or newcomers. In the NK class it was local driver and Serpent racer John Ermen that took the win ahead of another local driver and top international, Rick Vrielijnck racing for Mugen in what was a blisteringly quick event, with lap times 7 tenths of a second a lap faster than last year. In third position was Kyosho factory racer, Ilia van Gastel from Belgium, who having not received his Team Orion .21 motors in time ran the qualifying with Picco IDM motors and the main final with a Sirio.
In the Nomac class it was young Miguel Hereijgers that took the class win driving a Serpent 960, with Motonica racer and Red RC sponsor, Michel Nijman from The-Border in 2nd spot while 3rd place went to Mugen racer Arie Mante.
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