The opening round of the Czech EP TC Winter Championship took place last weekend in Trutnov, Czech Republic and was attended by 93 racers across 4 classes, Modified, Stock, 1/12th and 1/18th. The event also hosted the 2nd round of the Open Tour Trutnov series and this was won in both Stock and Modified by 14 times Czech champion Martin Korinek racing an Xray. In the Winter Championship Stock class it was Hot Bodies racer Jakub Plechac that topped the timesheets after qualifying and went on to win all 3 A-main legs to take the overall from Serpent racer Tomas Svoboda in 2nd and last years Winter Champion Vojtech Novicky racing for Xray in 3rd. In the Modified category there was a big fight between current Winter Champion Michal Bok racing for Xray and Summer Champion Zdenek Hamak with Hot Bodies, but in the third round of qualification it was Michal who was quickest and took TQ. In the finals, the first leg went to Zdenek, but in the second and third leg Michal was lucky and was able to take the overall with Zdenek finishing in 2nd, with the final step of the podium going to Jan Moravek. The championship continues in two weeks in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic and it will finish in Trebic in the middle of March.
Serpent team driver Andrea Cristiani is reporting on the Trofeo AS Hobby Racing that took place in cold conditions last weekend at the famous Fiorano track. Trying out his new Serpent 966 chassis for the first time the Vice World Champion immediately set the pace and had overnight pole position heading into Sunday. Following 2 more qualification rounds on Sunday, in which Andrea managed to destroy the lap record by 0.23 of a second, he secured the pole position. In the race he wasn’t challenged and led home a Serpent/Max 1-2-3 with Alberto Tedeschi taking 2nd and Sandro Sammarini 3rd, and got to take home a huge Ham for his troubles.
Get in-style with the latest ’09 apparel from Pro-Line. Pro-Line introduces it’s first flat bill hat for all you trend setters out there. It’s Flexfit quality and styling so you know it’s going to fit your mug perfect every time you put it on. Featuring the new, ’09 Pro-Line embroidered logo front and rear, they are available in black, red and dark navy.
Hot Bodies have released a lightweight version of their D8 body shell, which helps lowers the weight of your buggy by 20 grams. Shave an amazing 33% off the weight of your unpainted bodyshell simply by switching to the lightweight version and best of all, you are dropping weight exactly where you need it, at the highest point of the car. Features lightweight and crystal-clear polycarbonate construction for extreme durability and long life, vinyl window masks for precise painting, easy to see body cut lines for exact fit and genuine Hot Bodies D8 fitting.
The annual Montpellier GP took place last weekend in the French town in the south of France. With all the best French drivers, as well as a number of front runners from around Europe, in attendance it was Yannick Aigoin that took the TQ position after qualifying with his Novarossi powered Losi 8ight 2.0. Following the semi finals it was the Mugen RB combination of current European Champion Renaud Savoya that took the pole position for the main final, with Yannick lining up in 2nd. The main final started with a close battle between Savoya and Aigoin with Yannick managing to pull away, a gap that would increase following problems for the Mugen man. This left Italian Losi racer Riccardo Rabitti in 2nd but quite a distance behind the leader, but in the closing stages Aigoin hit troubles and this allowed the Italian through to inherit the lead and with it the win. Xray driver Sartel took 2nd, while a recovering Savoya took the final spot on the podium in 3rd.
Xceed RC have announced details of new lightweight versions of their 1/12th scale rims. Suitable for most 1/12th scale chassis, the new tires and wheels combination are made in the same factory as their gas on road tires in Italy and now feature the new lightweight material for the rim. This new semi transparent material aids performance by reducing rotating mass yet is still strong enough to withstand your car clipping a track board. Available in the usual rang of shores for the front and rear.
Xray have released these great looking authentic team T-shirts featuring some cool looking graphics. Sporting a large Xray logo emblazoned, with complementary new artistic Xray graphics, on the front, the rear has a cool “X” logo printed across the shoulders, while on the sleeve there is a further small Xray logo. Available in blue or orange fabrics, they come in the standard range of sizes all the way up to XXXL.
The Vienna Off road Winter Champs were run last weekend by RC Carpet Fun at the Arena Nova in Vienna and the event attracted 117 racers over 4 classes, 2wd, 4wd, truck and 1/18th buggy. In the 4wd class it was multiple European Champion and Tamiya team driver Hupo Honigl that took the top qualifier spot with his new 511X. In the race, the Austrian had an easy leg 1 win, but finished 2nd in leg 2 to setup a last leg battle between himself and Peter Pinisch, but Honigl was able to come through to win the final leg and overall title, with Pinisch taking the runner up spot, while German racer Bernhard Bachmann took 3rd overall. In 2wd it was a clean sheet for Rene Trauner who took the TQ spot and then won the first two A-mains to secure the overall with one leg left to run. Hupo took the win in the 3rd leg, but 2 bad runs in leg 1 and 2 meant he was out of contention and so Roli Hauleitner took 2nd and Peter Pinisch 3rd. The truck class was won by Roli Hauleitner, with Kreil Martin 2nd and Peter Wirthner 3rd, while in the 1/18th class Hupo Honigl won from Oli Holczer in 2nd and Andreas Knott 3rd.