Germany’s biggest indoor series, the Bawü cup, ran the first indoor race of the season at the very nice high traction track in Konstanz this last weekend. The race attracted over 70 drivers across all classes, including drivers from 3 different countries including German National A-main finisher Peter Deggelman, Swedish Champion Joel Myrberg, Swiss Champion Sacha Lnenicka and various team drivers from LRP, GM, Robitronic and Corally. The Expert Mod class saw Team Associated and LRP team driver Joel Myrberg set TQ in all 5 qualifying rounds and later he went on to win 2 finals to secure the win in front of 2nd placed Lenicka, while in the stock class GM team driver Daniel Wohlgemuth dominated the race taking TQ and following it up with the win in the first 2 finals.
New from Mugen, for use in their MBX-6, MRX-4 as well as their MTX4-R, is this new 1500mAh receiver battery pack. Claiming to have 50% more capacity than previous versions, this 6V nickel-metal hydride battery is protected by black shrink sleeving and is available with either a Sanwa/Airtronics or a Futaba type plug.
Ballymoney in Northern Ireland played host to the Merlin Fuel Ulster Grand Prix yesterday with nitro cars making a successful return to the once popular nitro venue. Organised by the UMCC, the inaugural Nitro GP attracted a quality entry including former Irish National 1:10 200mm Champions Chris Steele & Stephen Hayes, and British Championship race winner Mark Gilliland. In qualifying it was Steele with his Murnan Modified RB powered Kyosho that claimed TQ honours from Gilliland’s Xray. In the final the pair had a thrilling battle for the lead, swapping positions lap after lap, but a small error by Steele was eventually enough to allow Gilliland to break clear and take the victory. 2007 Irish Champion Hayes, also driving an NT1 completed the podium. Following the success of the event it is planned to make the Ballymoney circuit a regular fixture on the 2009 Irish National Championship calendar.
Corally have released this new F1 body shell for their ‘New Generation F1’ 2wd pan car chassis. Featuring a higher nose, this improves aerodynamics which in turn enhances grip and provides better cornering.
We received a report from the 5th round of the Brazilian 540-J Class took place last recently at the AARC of ABC track in Santo André. The first final, saw Adalberto Neri take the win by a lap but there was a reversal of roles in the 2nd final as Paulo Guedes won by a lap from Adalbeto with Artur Ueda taking 3rd. The 3rd final and it was Paulo Guedes who started quickly but problems with his pack dropped him down the order, and this allowed Adalberto to take over the lead with Artur taking 2nd from Marcelo Acacio in 3rd. The 4th and final leg saw Neri have an accident on the first lap allowing Artur Ueda to inherit the lead which he held until the dying laps when a recovering Adalberto took the position from him to take the win and confirm the overall win for the day.
We received a brief report from the South German Championships that were held last weekend in Greuthof, which was won by super quick female racer Sabrina Lechner. The young German IDM / Kyosho team driver drove a tactical race starting from 4th position. After 10 minutes she managed to move up to 3rd spot and could take the lead at the 20 minute mark when the top 2 drivers pitted. Sabrina maintained her lead to take the 2008 1/10th South German title in front of Mugen racer Armin Baier in 2nd and Patrick Nähr driving an Xray in 3rd.
Nosram have also released their next generation LiPo batteries, similar to those from sister brand LRP. Specially developed for extreme power delivery and run time, this 5300mAh pack features a transparent red durable hard case to keep the cells from being damaged during use, and has the same measurement as a 6-cell Sub C battery cell and so will fit in all standard 1/10th scale on road and off road cars. Thanks to bulges on the base of the case, the pack fits securely into standard Sub C pre-cut chassis and battery holders.
The Japanese Electric touring car Nationals were held this weekend, once more at the Yatabe Arena indoor tarmac track. Qualifying for the expert class saw the pole position go to Yokomo racer Masami Hirosaka, ahead of current 2wd World Champion Hayato Matsuzaki in 2nd and recently crowned 1/8th buggy World Champion Atsushi Hara in 3rd. In the finals Masami had the perfect run, winning the first 2 finals to claim the title and sat out the 3rd, which was won by by Matsuzaki which when combined with his 2nd place in leg 2 was enough to give him the runner up spot for Hot Bodies ahead of his team mate Hara who took 3rd.