Serpent are reporting on the latest round of the Irish National Championship, held at the St.Annes track on Sunday, where Clive Connolly led home a Serpent clean sweep of the podium in 1/8th scale. Having TQ’d for the event, the reigning Champion controlled the race from the front to win ahead of young charger Sean Doyle in 2nd and Championship leader Darragh Fox in 3rd. The win, Connolly’s first of the season, moves him up to joint second in the standings with Doyle while Fox sits at the top of the standings on 295 points.
Venom Group have been in touch to inform us about their new range of batteries, suitable for many different applications. First up we have the massive capacity 5000MAh 7.2v stick pack which is built using the latest Quad Welding technology for superior strength and optimum power and comes pre-fitted with a standard Tamiya type connector. Next up is Venoms new line of 2 Cell LiPO Rx Battery Packs that are 33% lighter than most conventional NiMH packs and are a perfect replacement for flat and hump packs in most installations. Also available are some high capacity 1600MAh receiver packs in conventional flat and hump packs and finally, Venom also announced that all their SC battery packs will soon be available with Traxxas new High Current Connector for use with their Velineon Brushless Power System.
This weekend saw the rain affected 3rd round of the Dutch National Championship for 1/10th 200mm take place at the small technical Gouda track in the center of the country. The first rounds of qualifying saw a wet track for all the racers but this cleared up and allowed some quick times to be set, the quickest of which being set by round 1 winner Jilles Groskamp with his Xray NT1. Just before the semi finals were to be run it started to rain once more which made conditions very tricky, but this started to dry up and by the time the final came around the track was partly dry but still pretty slick in some areas, despite this almost everyone started with a dry setup. In the final it was Jilles that could master the conditions best and built a clear lead up until 8 minuted before the end, when his engine stalled, handing the lead to round 2 winner Maarten van Lierop who went on to take the win from Richard Keur in 2nd and current National Champion Remy Moller in 3rd.
In the supporting classes, there was a win the in the Nomac class for Serpent racer Pedro Rombouts with Daan Stuiver close behind in 2nd and Rene Lijnzaat in 3rd.
British racer Elliot Boots has beaten all in the Elite Buggy class to win the 2007 Kyosho Masters in France this weekend. The young driver lined up 2nd on the grid, with only current World Champion Mark Pavidis ahead of him after a very quick semi run, but in the 45 minute race, after Pavidis ran into some trouble, it was left to Boots to take over at the front and win the race by 2 laps ahead of Karl Jackson with French racer Stéphane Deroch in 3rd. In the Truggy class it was Mark Pavidis that took win ahead of Portugese racer Miguel Matias in a very tight battle that saw the pairing seperated by less than 2 seconds at the end of the 20 minute race, Yuichi Kanai came home in 3rd.
New from Upgrade RC, through their RCID Custom brand, comes these great new customised Factory logo decal kits. Available in two different versions, the first type allows you to have all your sponsors logos in black outline and printed on the flourescent background colour of your choice, while with the 2nd logo kit you can choose your sponsors logos in whatever fill and outline colour you wish. Available now.
In addition to the videos we showed you yesterday RC Mag have been busy making more great videos, this time from the qualifying runs of Yuichi Kanai, Daniel Reckward and Tony Cazin. The runs are all from buggy qualifying and can be watched in the embedded player above with the other videos below.
According to our friends at Xtreme RC Magazine, Team Associated are working on a touring car version of their popular RC18R rally cars, called the Niteline. The Niteline 18R packs big-time 4WD on road performance into a mini-sized package. Based on the original RC18T platform, the 18R features an Associated Niteline body, 7-spoke wheels and optimized onroad suspension for superior handling and traction. No word yet on release dates.
We have already shown you the outside of the new .21 CRF buggy engine from Team Orion, as driven at the Kyosho Masters by engine developer Adrien Bertin, and while it may seem overkill to keep going on about this engine, we feel its important to show you more. We now have photos of the internals of this new engine and at first glance they seem to look very similar to those used in the .12 engines from CRF. How good is this engine, well Bertin qualified his CRF powered Kyosho in 9th place in Elite buggy at the Masters, but without knowing the full details, its hard to judge the motor based on this performance. Look below for yourself at the new crankshaft and the piston liner set.
Click here to see the engine internals and video of Adrien in action… content