Following on from their announcement last week that they would re-enter off road racing again Serpent have anounced top American racer Billy Easton will join their R&D and race team. Easton joins fellow American Jeff Cuffs and young German Jörn Neumann will each play a big role in the Dutch companies future plans.
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Since winning the IFMAR World Championships in 2005 the BJ4 Worlds Edition has been the most successful 1/10th 4wd off-road racing buggy available. It made its debut at the 2005-2006 IFMAR World Championships in Collegno, Italy, and Ryan Maifield & Ryan Cavalieri drove their respective BJ4 Worlds buggies to the top qualifying position and 1st place. To recognise that success JConcepts has released a Special Edition kit.
OFNA are to release a new GTP chassis that will be available as a preassembled kit that’s tweaked for dirt oval racing. The Dirt Oval GTP has many of the on-road version’s hot new features, but it will include a direct drive center spool with steel spur gear and a pair of 1/2 inch offset hex adapters to increase the track on the right side of the chassis for improved oval weight distribution. Standard hex adapters are included the box, along with treaded street radials for racers who want to set it up for pavement driving. The chassis will not include an engine, body or electronics but OFNA say the new car will have a super low street price.
Darren Johnson has sown up the BRCA British 1:10 200mm National Championship title in style winning the penultimate round at Wrexham over the weekend. His fifth win of the season, the Team Magic driver secured back to back titles for the G4 which last month achieved the same success at the European Championships. The first time that the 200mm foam championship visited the Wrexham track, it was Ben Cosgrove who TQ’d the event. A wet final saw Ben Cosgrove lead the opening laps but by lap 3 Johnson was all over the back of his car eventually finding a way past. Cosgrove was later to join the long list of retirements as the wet conditions took its toll. Taking the win Johnson was joined on the podium by Chris Slater and Kyle Branson.
In the 1:10 235mm National encounter it was European Champion Glyn Beal who took the win from Jon Withington.
Having won the 1:8 Onroad German Nationals back in July driving for his employer Shepherd, Robert Pietsch has completed an impressive double by winning the 1:10 200mm National title with Xray over the weekend. Starting from second on the grid Pietsch overtook Top Qualifier Dirk Wischnewski to lead home a 1,2,3 for the NT1 with Martin Christensen completing the podium.
The 2007 Japanese 1:8 Onroad Nationals took place over the weekend at the Central Racing Park track where Yuya Sahashi took the win from defending champion Keisuke Fukuda. Serpent driver Sahashi TQ’d the event ahead of younger brother Tadahiko with another Serpent driver Takahiro Terauchi and Mugen’s Fukuda the other direct qualifiers. In the Final Yuya Sahashi set the pace for the 45-minute race to win from Fukuda who managed to find a way past both Tadahiko Sahashi, who completed the podium, and Terauchi.
The 6th round of the Dutch 1/8th scale Nationals was held last weekend at the ultra smooth Apeldoorn track in the east of the country. The drivers were greeted with great weather and in the NK main final it was Kyosho racer Ilia Van Gastel, who won here last year in the Nomac class, that took the win from Marcel Schouten in 2nd and Danny Leeuwis in 3rd. In the Nomac class it was a win for Miquel Hereijgers ahead of Donny Blommers in 2nd with Peter van Marion claiming 3rd.
Japanese company Active Hobby have released this first picture of what they are describing as a new and purely original 1/12 scale electric powered touring car design. Called the A210ss the all wheel drive chassis, which is set for release in December, features fully adjustable long span suspension and will run on supplied 54mm rubber tires. Active Hobby will annouce further details of the A210ss in October.