Last weekend saw the Korean Electric touring car Nationals run at the tight and twisty GF Raceway track and the event attracted some International drivers who joined the large amount of locals to battle for the National title. In the Modified class qualifying, it was former World Champion and Hot Bodies racer Atsushi Hara from Japan that took the top qualifying spot ahead of Serpent S400 pairing of Nam Sangjoon and Dutch racer Niels Koenekoop in 2nd and 3rd respectively. In the race it was again Hara that proved his top billing by easily taking the event win ahead of Koenekoop in 2nd, who managed to leap frog his team mate Nam who finished in 3rd giving the new S400 its first International podium result.
Full results to follow.
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Xray have released this stronger rear shock tower for T2 & T2’007 which has been CNC-machined from premium extra thick 3.5mm graphite. A direct replacement for the standard versions, this new tower will minimize breakage and is a great option part for any drivers who want to have a safe drive.
This weekend has seen the European 1/8th scale Championships for drivers aged 40 and over, run at the AMC Hildesheim track in Germany, alongside the European 1/10th 235mm Championship. In the 1/8th scale class qualifying it was French Kyosho driver Eric Nougier that took the pole position from Serpent driver Karl Heinz Meister in 2nd, while in the 235mm class it was Belgian racer Eric D’hondt that claimed the top qualifying spot ahead of current European title holder Alain Levy in 2nd. The 1/8th scale race saw an easy win for the French driver, after Meister claimed the lead after 10 minutes and then immediately went out with a rear belt failure allowing Nougier back in front and able to pull out a 2 lap cushion ahead of eventual 2nd placed finisher Christoph Pietsch with Austrian driver Peter Grandinger claiming 3rd spot at the end of the 45 minute race. In the 235mm final a problem for pole man D’hondt saw him sidelined after only 7 minutes which made it easier for Glyn Beal from the UK to work his way to the front where he eventually finished, despite the German racer Jens Stark in 2nd keeping him honest for the entire race, local driver Thomas Plöger rounded out the podium in 3rd.
This weekend saw the 4th round of the Dutch 200mm Nationals take place at the world famous MACH track in Heemstede, just outside Amsterdam. The weather was sunny and dry and the event was open to the main NK class, as well as the 200mm Nomac class and the Promo class for 1/8th scale. In qualifying it was European Championship runner up Jilles Groskamp, racing for Xray, that took the pole position by a huge 6 seconds ahead of 2nd placed Remy Moller racing for Serpent while 3rd qualifier was Kyosho racer Daan Jacobs and 4th spot, and final direct qualifer, went to championship leader Maarten van Lierop. In the race it was Mugen driver Richard Keur, who drove a steady race from 5th on the grid to take the win, after Groskamp had some engine troubles that dropped him down the order to an eventual 6th. Daan Jacobs worked his way up 2nd spot by the finish, followed 1 lap further back by Van Lierop who has secured his championship lead even further with a solid 3rd position.
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Kimihiko Yano have shown the first pictures of the new CRC Generation-X JSpec 1/12th scale chassis that has been co-developed between them and CRC in the USA. The car above in the picture is a prototype but when released it will come with a softer 2.21mm chassis plate, a 3mm longer wheelbase, adjustable battery mounting position and much more. The car is still being tested and should hope to be finalised before the Japanese nationals later in the year.
Japanese r/c product importers, Team Honest, have released this new range of colour coded perfomance shock springs. The front springs are 20mm long and are available in 3 different colours, green – 1.9mm/6.5 volume, blue – 1.8mm/7 volume and yellow – 1.9mm/7 volume. Also available for the rear, the 26mm long springs come sold in 2 different versions, blue – 1.8mm/7 volume and green – 1.9mm/6.5 volume.
RB Concepts have introduced the latest version of the RB sweatshirt that features a more stylish cut and has been made from ultra soft cotton. With the new RB design printed on the front, this sweatshirt commemorates RB winning its third World title back in 2005. Available in M, L, XL, XXL & XXXL sizes.
A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> OCM Release New care Pack for Series-1 DT19 Buggy – Link [rubeduderc.com]
> Sutrisno TQ’s & Win Dalton Touring Masters Cup – Link [teamxray.com]
> Some action from the 1/64th final in Madrid – Link [3hobby.net]
> Video from the 200mm Euros in Madrid, Spain – Link [video-rc.com]
> Xray correct their Effects of Shock Damping setup book section – Link [teamxray.com]