Ultimate Racing, the Spanish buggy optional parts maker, are briefly reporting on their site on the 4th round of the Northern Greek Off road Nationals, that were held last weekend. The race was won by Crono racer Laskaris Giannis followed by HoBao racer Harris Sarigiannis in 2nd with 3rd place going to Nikos Koulousios, racing a Kyosho.
Last weekend saw the 3rd round of the Thailand Nitro Off road Championship take place on the Topspeed circuit, which saw 60 buggies, 25 monster trucks and 9 truggies in attendance. In buggy qualifying it was Meen driving a Hong Nor that took the TQ spot, but didnt finish the main race, which allowed Mugen racer Chalee to take the race win ahead of 2nd place Team Losi driver Nottorn with another Hong Nor of Aeknarin in 3rd.
Following on from his dominant performance in round 1 of the South African National championshisp Mike Wiseman has won again in round 2, which took place last weekend in Pretoria. In 1:8th qualifying it was a tight tussle between Hein Kotze, Wayne Joelson and Mike Wiseman, with Mike eventually taking the TQ by almost two seconds in the final round and in the final Mike drove away to a clear 2 lap victory finishing ahead of Joelson in 2nd with a hard charging Faizel Salie in 3rd. In 1:10 class Wiseman also claimed the TQ position with his Serpent 720 but in the final stripped a gear which put him out while leading which let Wayne Joelson take the win in front of young Travis Carlyle.
We have been reporting on the ongoing saga between Kyosho and Sirio for some time now and although some people dont want to believe its true, i can tell you that its happening folks. We have heard from a very reliable source in Japan that Kyosho are very close to completing a deal with Swiss company CRF to supply engines for their entire range of cars. The consequence of this deal is that Sirio, the Italian engine company who previously supplied Kyosho is out, which seems to tie in with what we have been reporting on Kyosho team drivers leaving Sirio as their engine supplier and, as it turns out, choosing CRF. Adrien Bertin left Sirio to work for Team Orion, focussing on the development of the CRF engines, Josh Cyrul is a long time CRF user and was the first Kyosho team driver to switch away from Sirio, Ilia van Gastel has been confirmed to be running CRF engines which only leaves Takaaki Shimo to confirm his position with CRF which we expect to happen at the Shizuoka Hobby show in Japan in 2 weeks time, along with the official announcement of the partnership.
Continuing the interviews from the Euro B 1/10th scale Championships in Roeselare, the organisers have sent us an interview they have made with 2 young lady racers, Sabrina Lechner of Germany and Sarah Pierson of France. Don’t think they are at the event to be spectators as these girls are pretty quick with Sabrina finishing the German Nationals as runner up last year and Sarah is currently lying 3rd in the French Nationals and both racers are sponsored.
Xray have an interesting story for us today – Many people know the classical story of David and Goliath. This classical confrontation will soon be reborn with different players on the stage; the brand new XRAY NT1 playing the role of David will come face-to-face with Goliath… a full-size Ferrari sports car! European TV – the Austrian channel ORF – has prepared a special duel… an all-out speed contest between a full-sized Ferrari and the brand new Xray NT1. Both high-tech, powerful cars will compete at a 100m speed track to see if David will once again triumph over Goliath. History may again be in the making… who will win? My money is on the NT1, if its only 100m, but we’ll find out later for sure when the showdown is broadcast this Saturday.
We have written about the OCM Racing Kaos DT-19 buggy way back in November, but only now is the final production spec ready and shipping worldwide. The long delays were down to fixing some quality issues which they understandably wanted sorted before release, but its now ready and expect to see it in your LHS soon.
Lowering the center of gravity is a main concern for any driver and this is why the R&D department of RB designed a new lightened head for a lower center of gravity. Using magnesium was a first step, but the heat conductivity of this material is pretty different compared to the aluminium and that is why Rody Roem designed a brand new head to have more fins around the hot spot of the plug. This Light head fits any RB engine which comes with a separate combustion chamber: it receives a dark grey coating and the new L2G logotype. This head will be produced in a limited quantity as an optional part and will be available in mid May.