More new stuff for the Associated B44 from Diggity Designs, following last weeks release of the LiPo mount for the car. The same company have now announced the release of this super strong and lightweight 4mm thick carbon fibre front shock tower. Looking a bit beefier than the stock version, this option part also features a 3rd upper shock absorber mounting hole for more tuning possibilities.
Following in the foot steps of his Tamiya team mate Jilles Groskamp, Viktor Wilck has signed a deal to use Speed Passion motors for the rest of the season, with an option for 2009. Formerly running with the Team Orion units, the Swedish driver who won the DHI Cup earlier this year, was using the new motors for the first time at last weekends LRP race in which he finished in 3rd position.
A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> Mike Swauger wins the 08 Westcoast Champs – Link [jpracing.com]
> Vicente Eres wins in Villareal, Spain – Link [teamxray.com]
> Prümper stars with stars at LRP Masters – Link [serpent.com]
> First pictures of the Piktor Mad Eco – Link [rcmag.com]
> 1/10 World Championship Warm-up report – Link [teamxray.com]
> Jonas Kærup is Danish Touring car Champion – Link [racerc.dk]
Entry is open for ETS Rd3 in The Netherlands, April 11th-13th
RB Products have released the new S3, a 3 port engine incorporating the latest ABC construction for superior life and performance. Offering a very smooth and linear power band thanks to its square bore design, the S3 L2G economy engine is well suited to both club racers and beginners looking for an engine that offers great fuel economy at a reasonable price. This engine comes equipped with an 8mm composite carburettor to keep operating temps and engine consistency regular as well as the new L2G head to increase the cooling and lower the weight for more performance. Also available as a combo with Inline pipe set featuring the Inline 92mm polished manifold and the Inline 2045 polished tuned pipe.
The first round of the Spanish 1/8th scale gas Nationals was run last weekend in dry weather at the Cañete track in Cordoba. Qualifying saw the top spot for the semi finals go to GS racer Richi Gomez with current European Champion Robert Battle claiming the top spot for the other semi final. It was Mugen racer Daniel Vega however that claimed the quickest time in the semi to take the pole position for the main final with Borja Hernandez starting from the 2nd position. Almost immediately Vega had problems and dropped to the back of the field allowing Antonio Jesus Gomez to take the lead, which he held for the first 8 laps until a quick moving Batlle took over at the front. The Hobao driver then proceeded to swap this position with Hernandez for the rest of the race, but was ahead when it counted and took the win just ahead of Borja in 2nd, with Antonio Jesus Gomez holding on to the 3rd spot, 2 laps behind the leading pair.
Following on from the oOple report from Saturday’s 2wd class at the BRCA National Indoor series in Worksop, comes the results from the 4wd class that was held on Sunday. With 94 racers participating, including 2 of the new Schumacher Cat SX buggies, it was National Champion Lee Martin that took the TQ spot ahead of Saturday’s 2wd winner Neil Cragg in 2nd and X-Factory racer Ellis Stafford in 3rd. Following some really close racing, which meant 4 racers were still in contention for the overall win going into the 3rd leg of the A-final, it was Ellis Stafford that came out on top, just ahead of Lee Martin in 2nd and Richard Lowe taking 3rd.
On Friday we published the list of the approved 1/10th scale body shells and informed everyone that EFRA will be very strict in checking these to ensure that they are indeed EFRA approved. We have now received a similar list of the 1/8th scale body shells, from Sander de Graaf, who also informs us that in order to compete in an EFRA sanctioned event the body homologation number must be embossed in the body, preceeded by the word “EFRA”. If this is not the case, you will not be allowed to use that bodyshell at an EFRA race, even if it had been approved in the past.
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The opening round of the BRCA 1/10th scale 200mm Nationals was held last weekend at the Aldershot track under dry but very overcast conditions. Qualifying for the 45 drivers present, saw Serpent racer Mark Green take the top qualifying position in front of new Xray signing Darren Johnson in 2nd and his team mate Mark Gilliland in 3rd. In the final it was Johnson that got the holeshot with Mark slotting into the 2nd spot, and the 2 would battle it out for the entire race, swapping the lead a number of times. It looked like it would be a super close finish but a small mistake by Darren going on to the straight allowed Mark through and he could push a bit more to extend the lead at the end to about 4 seconds in front of the Johnson, with Gilliland having a steady run in 3rd a lap further back.