Xray have confirmed that front running French driver Jérôme Ezazian, one of the top 10 drivers of the French Championship since 2002, is joining their team for the 2009 racing season. A former winner of the GP Montpellier & GP Pierrefeu, Jérôme will use RB engines to power his XB808 next season.
Long established as one of the premiere 1/12th scale races, ‘Cleveland’ as it’s known in the racing community, saw Mike Blackstock take the newly crowned World Champion Associated 12R5 to pole position and the overall win in the Modified 1/12th Class. Mike, a long time 1/12th and ‘t-bar car’ racer, used the stock ‘link’ setup to master the fast and flowing Indoor Champs layout. Mike will now take a bit of a hiatus from the racing circuit and is on full time baby watch. Look for him to be back at it for the Snowbird Nationals in late January.
RB Products are happy to announce that current European Champion Renaud Savoya has joined their team. Renaud and father Jean-Michel, who previously used Ninja motors, bring with them their vast experience gained from racing at the very highest level. For 2009 Renaud’s target is to retain his National and European titles and to prepare the 2010 World Championships.
According to Italian newspaper ‘Il Sole 24 Ore’, engine and tire manufacturer GRP Gandini has been sold to a Chinese investor. The move follows some financial difficulties for the competition brand following bad months for sales in September and October. This led to the investment bank wanting out and so the owners, Stefano and Maurizio Gandini, were forced by the banks to sell the concern, which they started in 1994. The sale, said to be in the region of six million euros dollars, leaves the former owners no longer at the helm of the company, but both will stay on as technical advisors. It not confirmed whether the production will move to China where the paper claims production costs will be 1/3rd of that in Europe. We have contacted GRP for comment and will add their response when we get it.
UPDATE (17:52): The Gandini brothers have issued a statement (automatic translation) on an Italian forum saying they have not been sold and the whole story was a HUGE misunderstanding by the journalist who wrote the piece.
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RMV Deutschland have announced that current German 1/8th scale buggy and truggy National Champion Tim Bremicker will be joining their Team in 2009. He will run an RB powered Mugen Seiki MBX-6 along with brand new Tourex racing tires and of course will also be promoting the brands at all major races as an important part of the team. Tim leaves behind a successful time at Kyosho to once again team up with Daniel Reckward who recently also moved to Mugen.
Last weekend some of the fastest racers from the East Coast gathered in Myrtle Beach, SC for the 7th annual Fawl Brawl at The Badlands R/C Supercross. The track started out very slick for qualifying on Saturday, but by the final mains on Sunday the groove came in and it was the Badlands that we have come to expect. In buggy qualifying, local Losi driver and track favorite Travis Dupree showed that he would not back down easily on his home turf. Travis TQ’ed 3 out of 4 rounds using qualifying points, but during the last round of qualifying Ryan Maifield hit his tire set perfectly and went on to best Travis’s fastest run by 2 seconds as the temps dropped and the track slowed down. Brandon Melton took second for the round and Chris Pace took fourth. The last round success of the team gave great confidence going into the main as all 3 drivers were comfortably in the main with Ryan 2nd, Brandon 4th, and Chris 6th.
Kyosho have released the Birel R31-SE, a third generation kart that sets a new standard for scale appearance and performance. This 1/5th scale chassis is a scale replica of the popular R31-SE kart used in international FIA competition, where many Formula 1 drivers got their start in racing. Featuring scale bodywork and graphics identical to that of the full-size racing kart. Its factory assembled, so with some minor prep work, the R31 is ready to go in a very short time.
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HPI Racing have released a number of new items including this durable nylon rear wing. Suitable for all 1/8th scale buggies, it has been designed to give you maximum rear traction without causing too much drag and has been molded from tough and resilient nylon to withstand the worst damage you can inflict on it. Also new is a pair of racing fuel filters. The stone type internal filter traps particulate matter, making sure you have a clean supply of fuel to the engine and no dirt harms the internals. Available in blue and subdued brown.