Following on from their announcement last week that Gerd Strenge will spearhead the design of their re-entry into offroad racing competition, Dutch company Serpent have announced the signing of young German talent Jörn Neumann.
Neuman has been racing intensively with 1/10 Offroad cars and has been topping the podium in the European Championships and is a regular finalists at the big races. 4WD is his number one class but he has also proved very qiuck in 2wd. Jörn has been a dedicated racer and promotor of the Durango 1/10 Project and has travelled to many races with Gerd Strenge, the designer of this unique car.
New for your Serpent chassis are these brass battery holders for the companys 960 and 720 chassis’. A direct replacement for the original plastic version they have been machined from a single piece of brass. Using these new heavier battery plates brings more weight to the lowest part of the car and helps prevent the car from grip rolling in high traction conditions and thus allows your car to corner at higher speeds.
Serpent have just announced that they are to return to off road racing and have signed one of the sports top designers in the process. Gerd Strenge, better known as Mr.Durango from Germany, has entered into a long-term cooperation with Serpent, for the development of offroad rc racing cars. Strenge is famous in the electric offroad scene, for his very innovative Team Durango 1/10 scale 4wd offroad project. Gerd started this project in 2002 and he has been developing the car ever since. His Team Durango car has been European Champion and his cars have reached many GP, EC and even WC finals in the hands of famous drivers like Hara and Marc Reinhard.
This obviously also announces a return of Serpent in the offroad arena. Serpent has been very active in 1/8 offroad racing from mid 80-ties until late 80-ties. Cars like the legendary and EC winning Serpent Cobra and its successor the Serpent Spirit.
Serpent have an interesting story on their site about Champ Car star and soon to be Formula One driver Sebastien Bourdais who tried out one of their F180 formula cars yesterday (Thursday) at Assen where he and his Newman Haas Lanigan Team are preparing for this weekend’s second European Champ Car World Series encounters. The reigning Champ Car Champion drove one of three F180s brought by Serpent to the 1:1 track which is situated in the north of Holland. While light rain made the temporary r/c track, which was situated right in front of the Newman Haas Lanigan Team pitbox, tricky Bourdais proved to be a natural at the controls as he and his Crew Chief Pedro raced one another. Both were impressed with the handling and speed of the 1:8 scale car as well as the strenght of the parts as they made contact on a number of occassions!!
The French Cup for 1:8th Off Road took place over the weekend at the Pertuis track in the South of France where former World Champion Guillaume Vray showed he still has it by taking the victory. The event saw 123 drivers tackle the winding and very dusty track where temperatures reached as high as 35 degrees over the two days. Driving his RB powered Mugen, 2004/2005 World Champion Vray won the 45-minute final from Crono driver Jérôme Sartel with Renaud Savoya making it two Mugen’s on podium in third despite suffering radio problems
Peter Harder was the man to beat in the fifth round of the Danish 1/8th Offroad Championships which took place over the weekend in Naestved, south of Copenhagen. Perfect racing conditions saw the Team Xray driver TQ the event with his XB8 EC.
After an easy win in his Semi, Harder amost saw all his good work go by the wayside in the A Main when he made a mistake at the triple jump on the opening lap which allowed CEN driver Rune Gustavsen and Xray team-mate Claus Nielsen to take up the lead battle. Recovering his composure Harder, winner of Round 3, closed in on the pair and at 8 minutes took the lead from were he never looked back.
Making it a good day for CEN, Rune Gustavsen and Steffen Culmsee completed the podium.
The 6th and penultimate round of the championship takes place in 2 weeks time when Harder has the chance to wrap up the National title.
The 12th running of the KO Grand Prix took place in England over the weekend and it was Mirage team drivers who filled the modified podium with Olly Jefferies taking the win from Andy Moore and Ben Cosgrove.
Driving his Hot Bodies/Orion combination, Jefferies ruled throughout the event setting the FTD ahead of team-mate Moore. Leg 1 of the A Final saw Jefferies take the win using his final set of new tyres to good effect. Xray driver Ben Cosgrove took leg 2 victory with Leg 3 going to Moore despite intense pressure from Jefferies who knew he had done enough to take the overall victory.