Today saw the finals run at the Spanish EFRA GP in Madrid, where the weather was playing a factor all weekend, with cold temperatures and rain causing distruptions to all racers and todays weather was not much better, with rain dispersed by sunny spells. With so many drivers far down the order after qualifiying there was a lot of action in the lower finals with Carlos Peracho, Teemu Leino and Darren Johnson, some of the drivers making their way up into the A-final from lower qualifying spots. The 45 minute main final was disrupted once more by rain showers, which made tire choice vital, and the one who got it right was eventual winner Darren Johnson, racing a Team Magic G4S, who won ahead of 2nd placed Xray driver Teemu Leino of Finland by 5 laps with 2nd placed qualifier Rafael Ortiz eventually claiming the final podium spot in 3rd, one lap down on Leino.
More pictures to follow.
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The first race of the 2007 truggy.nl cup was held on the beach at the Hoek van Holland this weekend on a very sandy and technical circuit at the beachclub Jan Patat. The event attrated 28 drivers and the sunny weather made this race a perfect day at the beach, but the sand also took it’s toll making its way into every moving object on the car and of course doing what only sand can do best, damage. In the a main final it was German Robitronic Mantis driver Markus Maier that took an early lead and managed to extend his lead to two laps before his truggy ran into some problems and had to make a visit to the pits. After a quick repair he came back on track and in the 12th minute of the 24-minute he restored his lead and took the win ahead of Frans van der Kniff who finished 2nd with Emile Grim in 3rd.
This weekends EFRA Spanish GP, being held at the ARCA track in Madrid, has been heavily disrupted by rain and low temperatures. The event, which was being treated as a warm up race for this summers European 1/10th 200mm Championships, is being attended by most of the top teams in Europe with some very serious competition entered. Despite the wet weather and 8 degree temperatures today, qualifying was run and it was topped by local driver Victor Pelaez driving a Team Magic G4S, 2nd position going to Serpent racer Rafael Ortiz with Swedish NT1 racer Niklas Hakansson in 3rd, reigning Spanish 1/8th scale champion and Serpent SDD driver Oscar Cabezas ended the day 4th. With weather not expected to be much better tomorrow, and a lot of quick drivers at the bottom of the field, it will be a lottery as to who will make into the main final tomorrow afternoon.
This bank holiday weekend in the UK, sees the ProLine Indoor Challenge take place at the Harper Adams agricultural college, the same venue that hosted last years Neo Invitational race. Today saw timed practice, with Sunday quailifying and Monday the finals, and it was the US invasion that topped the times at this early stage of the event. In the buggy class it was Ryan Maifield heading the times for the Assocaited RC8 with fellow RC8 racer Richard Saxton in 2nd while young German Thunder Tiger racer Joern Neumann is lying in 3rd.
In the truggy class it was Mugen racer and Pro Line employee Scott Hughes who was topping the times with German Thunder Tiger racer Juern Newmann in 2nd while John Holmes ended the practice day in 3rd. Qualifying starts tomorrow and thats when the event starts to get serious and we hope to bring you a report at the end of the day.
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JConcepts have been busy it seems, judging by their new releases today, and we thank them for making a quiet news day a little bit better. This Racing Bag is a multi-purpose equipment bag that can be used for about any of your R/C needs. Its design and large proportions allow you to store and transfer just about any combination of R/C equipment you desire. There is enough room for a 1/8 or 1/10 scale buggy, 1/10 scale truck or touring car as well as lots of room for radio gear, tools, tires, or various other R/C gear. This racing bag has the JConcepts logo printed, on each end as well as the sides and top and it is huge!
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More stuff from JConcepts, this time its the release of their new Imperial and Metric Wrench sets which as you can see come with colour coded handles and are supplied in a handy carry case with the JConcepts logo on the front.
JConcepts Wrench Sets are available in a 5 pc. Standard set and a 4 pc. Metric set and each set includes a JConcepts zippered carrying case for easy storage and transfer. To make locating the right size easy, each Wrench Set has a different color-coded handle on which the wrench size is clearly laser-etched. Grooves in the handle provide a firm comfortable grip, as well as prevent the wrenches from rolling off a flat surface. Available sizes include 1.5mm, 2.0mm, 2.5mm, 3.0mm, .050″, 1/16″, 5/64″, and 3/32″.
A few months ago JConcepts released their effective and really cool looking Illuzion buggy wing and at that time it was only available in white and yellow. Today they announced that this wing will now be available in black, and just to recap about the product itself, it is designed for both 1/8th buggies and truggies and features durable through-rib design and recessed side dams for extra decal protection.
JConcepts also released some Ball Cup sets which are designed to fit all 1/10th scale off-road vehicles and come in black, white and yellow. Designed with performance as well as aesthetics in mind these newly designed low-profile ball cups have been designed for extra durability and added â€˜wheel to tie-rodâ€™ clearance. The set comes with 4 left and 4 right low profile ball cups, as well as 12 normal ball cups, included per package.
Michael Salven has won the 2nd round of the German West series for 1/8th scale that took place last weekend at the Dormagen track, near Cologne. Driving his Mega ZX21 powered Serpent 960, Michael could easily take the top qualifying spot by half a lap ahead of 2nd placed qualifier Kyosho racer Christian Wurst, as well as setting the fastest lap of the event, and could win the main final by 9 laps ahead of young Kyosho driver Tobias Hepp in 2nd with Mugen racer Andreas Janz in 3rd a further 2 laps back. Christian Wurst was battling with Hepp for 2nd position up until he retired at the 17 minute mark with a servo failure.