Current British 4wd electric buggy Champion and World and European finalist Lee Martin has signed to use Sirio engines. Lee will make his debut with the Sirio 21 CL7B-STI in Florida next month when he will run it in his Associated RC8 1/8th scale buggy. Lee had this to say about the deal:
I loved the Sirio 21 CL7B-STI! It felt instant and smooth! Gave me a greatly increased confidence with engines and can’t wait to use this at the next meeting I attend. I think the EP guys will prefer this pipe S21.200123 (EFRA 2057 high torque with smooth mid range power) on clay or dirt surfaces. I would like thank Sirio & Kyosho UK for their support.
Xray have a report from team driver Ben Cosgrove on the recent 2nd round of the British Indoor Winter Series that was held on the rubber surface Don Valley track. Qualifying saw Ben Cosgrove take the pole position, after a quick run in round 2, in front of new Xray team mate Sam Smith with Hot Bodies racer Elliot Harper in 3rd. The finals were held over 2 races with the fastest final time taking the overall win on the day and both finals saw a very close battle between Ben and Elliott finishing less than a second apart in both legs. Ben eventually took the win from Harper in 2nd and Phil Chambers in 3rd.
Fermoy Model Car Club hosted the first ever Munster Grand Prix over the weekend in Cork, Ireland with 35 drivers from around the country taking part in the indoor tarmac event. Biggest of the classes was 27T in which Top Qualifier Chris Lawlor took his S400 to victory over Serpent team-mate Keith Dempsey. Lawlor won the first Leg of the A Final from Dempsey but in Leg 2 the result was reversed leaving the pair equal on points however as Lawlor was the fastest qualifier he was declared Munster GP Champion. Completing the podium was local racer Michael O’Leary who finished 3rd in both Legs. In the 19T class Team Associated team driver Alan Bickerstaff dominated proceedings. Starting from the pole he won both Legs of the A Final easily to win overall ahead of fellow Assocated driver Johnny Dunn with Andrew Rennick driving a Corally taking third. The first major EP Touring Car event to be held in Ireland for some time, the Munster GP looks set to become an annual event on the Irish R/C Racing calendar as the 190mm class goes from strength to strength.
The second round of the Novarossi Winter series was held last weekend at the Novarossi Raceway and it was Elliot Boots and his Associated RC8 that started off the day off in fantastic form by setting TQ for the round and securing maximum points. In rounds 2 and 3 it was the turn of Losi 8ight racer Darren Bloomfield to take the top spot and he was able to secure TQ for the meeting. The start of the final was exceptional, Elliot and Darren swapped the lead in what seemed like ever corner for the first few laps, outstanding control and great respect between these two racers allowing them to race hard. It was Darren who managed to get the all important break just before the first pit stop and could pull away from the chasing pack. Elliot continued his excellent form for the day to finish second and once again an excellent run for Ed Kerry gave him the third spot.
LRP have announced the release of their all new Speed Master 2 tires, created to help make the company’s Shark-18 perform on tarmac and other road surfaces. This tire is suitable for the Shark-18 Race Monster Truck, Nitro Monster or ATV and has been developed to meet the needs of on road enthusiasts by providing high-levels of grip, easy handling and high traction in both wet and dry conditions. Extra soft inserts included.
The Norwegian RC federation have announced that following their Annual General Meeting on the 17th-18th November, they have lifted the ban on EP racing in their country. The racing ban was put in place following a number of cell explosions during charging which could have led to someone getting injured. The NMF have laid out a number of guidelines, similar to the BRCA, regulating how to safely charge batteries during training and racing up until 1st April 2008, at which time the new EFRA approved cell requirements will be adapted across Europe.
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The 3rd round of the BRCA 1/12th scale Nationals was held last weekend on the Cramlington track, which replaced the Teesside event that had been on the calendar for a number of years. Saturday’s 19T turn event saw Keith Robertson take the pole position from Chris Kerswell in 2nd and Andy Griffiths in 3rd. In the final it was the top 4 that got away cleanly but a mistake from Griffiths dropped him down the order, and then Keith hit a back marker that knocked him out of the race. This left Chris up in front and he was able to take his first 12th National win from Russ Williams in 2nd and a recovering Andy Griffiths in 3rd. In the Modified race on Sunday Adny Griffiths took the pole position and in the final dominated the race, winning from Russ Williams in 2nd, who was well clear of Chris Kerswell in 3rd.
The Xray NT1 seems to be the ‘After market parts’ manufacturer’s car of choice at the moment with almost all parts of the 200mm available in different variations of aluminium and carbon. Japanese company Rony, who have released a number of NT1 parts previously, have now released even more new additions to their range starting off with this aluminium front anti-roll bar lever set. Also new is a lightweight titanium middle shaft, a machined 18T aluminium pulley, aluminium servo saver set with adjustble ackermann, lightweight upper engine mounts and finally an aluminium chassis stiffener.