Japanese company, Team Azarashi, have announced the future release of these shock towers for the Hot Bodies Cyclone D4. Made from 4mm thick carbon fiber, they will be made available for both the front and rear, and judging by the design they look to be extremely strong. In addition to the basic settings, that are carried accross from the original parts, the rear tower also features the ability to mount the rear wing at two different heights.
This weekend sees the annual Belgian GP for off road electric buggies take place at the Kampenhout track in the middle of the country, near Brussels. Sundays running will be for the 4wd class but Saturday was for 2wd and in qualifying for this class it was a close battle between eventual pole man Lee Martin from the UK, and young German racer Joern Neumann who finished 2nd, both racers running the Associated B4, while 3rd place qualifier was X-Factory X6 driver Ellis Stafford. In the 3 finals it was Martin that showed his class to take the overall win, ahead of Ellis Stafford in 2nd and Neumann in 3rd, after a problem in the first final dropped him way down the results.
Our Aussie partners Rube Dude have a brief report from last weekends HPI Challenge that was run by the Sydney On Road Model Car Club. The qualifying for the open touring class saw the pole position go to top Australian Mugen racer Chris Reade and it was Chris who was quickest in the main final too, taking the race win ahead of 2nd placed team mate Wayne Walker while Kyosho driver Andrew Bardetta came home 3rd.
Xray are reporting on their site from the 2nd round of the Greek Gas Open Series run last weekend at the Fanatix Racing Track. The event attracted 34 drivers and in qualifying it was Malisovis that took the pole position from Louis in 2nd spot, Fokianos in 3rd and 11 year old Kastorinis in 4th, in his third ever race.
The really big 45min final was very fast from the beggining with 2 drivers on the same lap for more than 30min. A small mistake from Louis after lapping slower drivers gave space to Malisovas to drive to an easy win.
A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> Round 3 of the Hungarian Off-road National Championship – Link [teamxray.com]
> GS Racing report from their 2007 International Cup in Portugal – Link [gsracing.com.tw]
> Top Spanish Mugen racer Daniel Vega joins Team Maugrafix – Link [maugrafix.com]
> Beautiful packaging from the Team Magic G4+ Limited Edition – Link [cmldistribution.co.uk]
> Xray report on the European Nordic Championships – Xray [teamxray.com]
> Hot Bodies have lots of build videos online for their Cyclone D4 – Link [hbeurope.com]
Another race going on last weekend in Germany was the warmup race for the 1/10th 200mm German Nationals, run on the large Munster track in the east of the country. Due to the importance to train for this upcoming event on this track there was a lot of top drivers present and almost the entire field of drivers were already present on the Friday for practice. After Sundays qualifying it was Serpent driver, and German Vice Champion, Ralf Krause that was on pole position in front of team mates Andreas Giesa in 2nd and Markus Mobers in 3rd. In the main final Krause could pull away from the rest of the field and looked set to win until interference ended his race, handing the lead to eventual winnner Andreas Giesa who came home ahead of Mobers in 2nd, with 3rd spot going to Andreas Weyhoven.
We were contacted by the presenters of the US made online TV show, RC TV Live, to tell us about their program. While i had heard of the show before i hadnt looked closely at it until now, and from what i’ve seen it looks like a solid and professionally made show. Presented by Jeff Maturo and Mike Boylan, the show is on its 704th episode (above), and it focuses on product reviews, tech tips and from what i can see, in depth analyses of the technology in RC, so be sure to check it out.
Last weekend at the MSC Asbach saw the 6th round of southern German regionals run for both 1/8th scale and 1/10th scale. Saturdays free practice was rained off for most of the day until 3 o clock when the track was dry enough for 2 practice sessions followed by 2 qualifying sessions before the final 3 qualifying sessions on the Sunday. After the qualification was over it was Mugen racer Erik Dankel that was quickest in the 1/8th scale, while the 1/10th scale TQ went to Andreas Myrberg, driving the Xray NT1. The 1/8th scale final sawa dominate performance by Dankel, who had a 14 lap lead after 20 minutes but in his 2nd to last pitstop the clutch seized meaning that the car could not stop without the engine stopping. While this caused some problems for his last pitstop, his team managed and he took the win ahead of Heiner Martin in 2nd and Christian Schmidkronz in 3rd. In the 1/10th scale final it was a win for pole man Andreas Myrberg, who lead the whole race while those behind ran into problems, allowing Reto Konig up into 2nd with Felix Bischoff in 3rd.