For those of you who have been following our extensive race coverage from the 2007 1/10th scale 200mm European Championships you will already know that Dario Balestri has been crowned the 2007 European Champion. Winning his second straight Championships in Madrid, Spain, the Italian endured a tough race day having qualified down in the 1/4 finals, he won that final for a place in the semi, which he also won, to line up 5th for the 45 minute A-Final. After some great driving and having some luck come his way, the Team Magic driver crossed the line in 1st place to claim the 2007 crown. A fast charging Jilles Groskamp from Holland was 2nd for Xray while young Italian European ‘B’ Champion Alessio Mazzeo was 3rd for Serpent.
Our trackside reporter Oisin O’Briain will have a full report online tonight.
View our coverage from the event here or take a look at our championship gallery here.
Japanese Ansmann importers, Powers International, have begun selling the new range of pre painted 1/8th scale buggy shells. Available in a variety of different colour schemes they have been made to suit the Kyosho Inferno MP777. Ansmann also have a complete range of pre painted touring car shells available too.
Xray have a report on their site from the recently held ROAR Region 9 Off Road Championships hosted by Mike’s Hobbies and Gulf Coast Raceway. Qualifying saw the buggy TQ go to Team Losi driver Dave Mangelsdorf while in the truggy class it was again Dave Mangelsdorf that took the TQ. The Expert truggy A-main saw Branham and Mangelsdorf battling together for the first 10 minutes waiting for one or the other to make a mistake and eventually Mangelsdorf did. Branham eventually ran away with the lead to win by a lap with Mangelsdorf finishing 2nd and Jimmy Matsler in 3rd. The Expert buggy A-main saw Jason Branham crash early in the main which dropped him to the back of the pack letting Dave Mangelsdorf and David Joor to run away with the lead. After the 9 min. mark Mangelsdorf and Joor were lapping Branham as he was struggling to get back on pace. Once Branham broke away from the back of the pack and moved up through the field and got his lap back and was once again on pace and was catching the leaders in a hurry. With 5 mins to go Branham caught Mangelsdorf and passed him to take the win.
Our partners Neo Buggy have been covering the Norwegian EFRA GP held this weekend in Skien that saw HoBao racer Joesph Quagraine take the TQ in qualifying. On finals day the rain came and put a bit of a dampener on the day but pole man Quagraine picked up where he left off at the end of qualifying and took the lead from the start up until 20 minutes in when he crashed onto his roof. A confused turn marshall stopped his cars engine, thinking something was wrong, ending the hopes of a win for the Finnish driver. Chris Svensson took over the lead from Quagraine up until 4 minutes from the end when his driveshaft broke taking him out on the spot, but he came home 4th anyway. This allowed local Norwegian driver Ronny Arnesen into the lead where he could control the rest of the race and take the win from Frode Skauen in 2nd and Steffen Culmsee in 3rd.
We received a report from round 5 of the Great Lake Championships held at Niagara RC in beautiful Welland Port, which is 40 minutes from Niagara Falls. The Niagara track offered a very technical center race area with tight 45 and 90 Degree turns with challenging rhythm sections that provides some very competitive racing to watch. The track also wound out a large straight which measured at a little over 200 feet.
Much More have extended their range of general purpose NiMH battery packs with the release of a number of different formats to suit various different requirements. First up are the 7.2V Power Sport packs that come in both 2200MAh and 2800MAh while also released is a Sport Stick pack that is also 7.2V but is 3800MAh. For longer run times Much More have also introduced their 4500 Select 6 Cell pack that can be used in cars as well as starter boxes and other high power applications. Finally from the Korean company are 2 new receiver packs, one 1500MAh 6V flat pack for use in gas on road cars and a Hump configured packo of the same cells for use in off road gas cars.
Robitronic have released their new entry level 1/8th scale truggy, the Mantis TXS, which is based on the companys competition truggy, the Mantis. The TXS was designed to bring high performance to beginners and racers and comes pre-built as RTR with the only thing needed are batteries for your radio and car, as well as fuel.
Xray have released more decal sets for their off road cars with the release of these rather funky looking wheel decals for the XT8 truggy. These full-colour graphic sets for XT8 dish wheels makes a bright, bold visual statement, setting your car apart from the crowd. Made from tough, self-adhesive vinyl for easy application and long wear, the stickers are die-cut so you just have to peel off the sticker and apply to the wheels. Available in various luminous colors.