Our partners Neo Buggy are reporting that 3 times Nordic champion and Worlds Semi-finalist Joseph Quagraine has left Italian engine sponsor Novarossi and joined forces with the Japanese manufacturer O.S. Engines. Joseph makes the switch after 2 and a half years with the Italian outfit having joined them from Picco in late 2004. His most recent, and final, victory for Novarossi came 2 weeks ago when he took the truggy class win at the Offroad Meeting in Monsummano, driving the HoBao RTR truggy.
I would like to thank Novarossi for their excellent support during the last few years. I wish everyone at Novarossi all the best for the future, however I look forward to a long and successful future driving for O.S. Japan, and would also like to thank them for this oppurtunity.
Quagraine joins a long list of star racers that are currently using the O.S. buggy motor such as Pavidis, Maifield, Hughes, Tebo, Smolnik, Bradley, James and Saxton, all of which were in action at last weekends ROAR Buggy Nationals.
Last weekend, the 3rd round of the Italian 1/8th scale Nationals were run in Cassino, in the south west of the country. Weather was perfect and in qualifying it saw Daniele Ielasi, winner of the French EFRA GP last week, take the top qualifying position ahead of former European Champion Massimo Fantini, while 3rd spot went to Andrea Cristiani, winner of last weekends ATS Trophy race, held on the same track. In the race it was European 1/10th scale Champion Dario Balestri with his Motonica and Fantini with Serpent that made their way to the front of the field battling hard for the entire race. Cristiani had problems with the wheels on his car which put him out of contention while Ielasi and Fabio Domanin collided with each other 3 minutes from the end, taking both drivers out. This allowed Alberto Picco up into 3rd, where he finished, also clinching the Italian National title, while up front Balestri took the win by half a second from Fantini who finished 2nd. In the Junior race it was won by Serpent racer Nicola De Vallier.
There seems to be no end to the 23 turn motors coming out of Japan at the moment, with the release of this motor from Motor Mania, called the Pride. Extensively tested before release, and conforming to JMRCA rules, the people from Motor Mania believe they have obtained the optimum specification of durability within a high torque motor, thanks in part to its cooling fans on the rotor and titanium coloured casing which both aid the heat dissipation.
The 4th round of the BRCA National Championships for Modified and 27T Stock touring cars took place last weekend at the smooth Snetterton track. Qualifying in the Modified class saw pole position for World Champion Andy Moore, with team mate Olly Jefferies in 2nd and Craig Drescher in 3rd, while in the 27T class it was pole position for Schumacher racer Lee Price, 2nd spot went to Adrian Bidewell while 3rd spot belonged to Rob West.
Serpent are reporting on their site from last weekends “Salzburger Stier” race held in Nussdorf near Salzburg where Daniel Tomaschko lead home a Serpent 720 one, two, three result. This famous friendship race was open to drivers from both Austria and Germany, and saw Tomaschko take his Mega powered 720 to victory over team-mates Gerhard Kandelhart and Scheidl Christian.
We briefly wrote about this 1/12th scale 2wd truck from Yokomo, called the SD12-TR, back in April and at the time we didnt know much about the car other than the very basics. Today CML in the UK have released details, and lots of pictures from the truck.
Featuring championship-winning technology, the heaviest components of an electric R/C car such as the motor and battery, have been reduced in size for lighter weight. Powered by a high-power motor (included in kit: Yokomo Mini-Zero 290-27T) and a high power Yokomo Nickel Metal Hydride battery (sold seperately) high-performance running can be easily enjoyed in stock kit form.
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A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> RB products have a report from last weekends ROAR nats – Link [rbproducts.com]
> Kyosho have release lots of new parts for July – Link [kyosho.com]
> Simon Kinzelmann won the 7th round of the Bayern Cup 2007 – Link [buggy-sport.info]
> MCRC setup board and scales – Link [kimihiko-yano.net]
> Xray release details of the new NT1 Rear Adjustable Anti-Roll Bar – Link [teamxray.com]
Two weeks ago we told you about the great adventure that the HPI Baja 5B buggy was going to undertake, when HPI announced that they would drive this buggy all the way around the island of Iceland. They completed the 1383,04Km journey in 3 days with only minimal maintenance required on the car which included changing the 5 pairs of front and 7 pairs of rear tires that were used for the whole trip.
Check out the HPI page for the full report and lots of cool pictures.