More news from Belgium, this time its Serpent reporting that their team driver Robin D’Hondt has clinched the 2007 1/8th scale Belgian National Championship with a calculated drive to 2nd place in the final round at Roeselare over the weekend. The current Benelux Champion qualified 2nd for the event behind outgoing Champion Steven Cuypers making it an all Serpent front row and making the most of his TQ position Cuypers, the winner of Round 3, led the final well into the second half of the race before an engine flame out ended a great drive. This allowed Ilia van Gastel into the lead and D’Hondt, who had won round 1, 4 and 5 of the Championship, into 2nd spot which was enough for him to become National Champion.
Schumacher are reporting that their driver Koen Joosens has won the 2007 Belgian National Championship in Touring Modified racing the company’s Mi3. The last and deciding race took place at the very technical circuit off MRCZ at Zwevegem under magnific weather conditions, and while a third place was enough for Koen to win the championship he took 2nd and secured the title. With three wins and a 2nd place out of six races during the whole season Koen is the deserved Champion. His younger brother Nick ended fifth in the total standing with his Mi3.
Our mate Jimmy ‘The Kaiser’ over at oOple has done a marathon photo upload from his recent trip to Japan for the IFMAR EP Off road World Championships. As you would expect the photographs are top notch and capture perfectly the atmosphere and action from the event. There are many, and like the coverage they are seperated by date, so head over to their Worlds Coverage page and select the day you want to see photographs from, the pictures are at the bottom of each page.
A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> José Pequito Win Final Portuguese National Race – Link [teamxray.com]
> Team Serpent Brazil secure another double win – Link [serpent.com]
> John Howells Takes All At 8-Ten Finals – Link [cmldistribution.co.uk]
> Adam Drake wins the 7th Annual SoCal Saturday Series – Link [neo-buggy.net]
> Toon Deyaerts wins Belgian 235mm Championship – Link [serpent.com]
> Mark Van Waayenburg wins the overall Truggy.nl Cup – Link [rc-junkies.com]
Team Losi have introduced 2 new additions to their merchandising lineup with the release of their Filled Hat and Skull cap. The black hat (shown above) features the Losi logo embroidered on the front, and is available in 2 sizes x-large/large and medium/small. The other new hat from Losi is this black polyester skull cap, which also features the Losi logo embroidered on the front as well as the Losi website URL on the rear and its one size fits all.
KM Racing have released yet more parts for the Xray NT1 1/10th scale car with the release of 2 new products. The first product is an adjustable belt tension plate that has been made from 2.5mm thick carbon fibre and offers a neat way to adjust the cars side belt tension. Also new from KM are lightweight shaft spacers which have been made from aluminium and lightened with holes. The spacers come in pairs and are available in standard silver colour and anodised grey.
Xray are reporting on their site from the Truggy and MT Victorian State title race that was held from the 13th to the 16th of September at Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia. Qualifying saw Xray XT8 driver Ronald Maya take the TQ spot with three 1st place finishes in the rain affected qualifying sessions and after the semi finals it was again Maya who ended up in front to take pole position for the 45 minute final. The race starterd badly for Maya, losing his front body clips at the start, he wasnt able to replace them until his first pitstop and this lost him a lot of time to John Grupillo who had managed to get a lap up on the field early on. At the half way mark however Grupillo ran out of fuel to bring Maya back into contention and when his car flamed out again Ronald could take the lead and with it the win, Grupillo coming home in 2nd and John Bateman in 3rd.
More new products from Serpent, this time its the release of 2 sets of new series shock springs, which are suitable for use with all current and previous Serpent shock absorbers. Sold in sets of 5 pairs of springs, 1 set contains 23mm length springs, 1mm longer than the older version, for the front of 1/8th scale chassis’ and both the front and rear of 1/10th scale chassis’, while the 2nd set contains 27mm springs for use on the rear of 1/8th scale chassis’. Featuring a new colour rating these new series of springs are of a better quality, coming with ground flat ends, and as they no longer have a colour coating they function more accurately. The spring’s hardness is now identified by the coloured paint on the springs tip.