Xray have a report on their site, from team driver Paul Lemiuex, on the 3rd round of the Midwest series that was run recently in Canton Mi, a suburb of Detroit. Qualifying saw a complete lock out of the top 5 places by Xray, with Paul Lemiuex taking the pole position followed closely by Bobby Flack in 2nd while the 3rd spot went to Tom Espisito.
The mains were set and from the tone it was myself and Bobby Flack battling it out for the first few laps, with Chris in third and Tom in toe. Very soon into the 30min final I had a glow plug go bad and after missing 4 laps got back on the track. The race was now being lead by Bobby Flack who also had an issue which caused him to miss some amount to time in the pits, as I begun to work my way back threw the field from last it was Chris Doseck in the lead with Bobby Flack beginning to close and Goop all the way from 8th on the grid running third as Tom Espisito also had problems. I was able to run very fast for the rest of the final and make up a couple of laps to get past Goop in the last 5 minutes or so as Chris had a 1 lap lead over me and Bobby had a nice lead over Chris at the end.
Novarossi have developed 5 new engines under the Nova engine brand which have been specially developed for drivers on a budget who require a durable engine that produces a good amount of power. The sleeves of all these engines feature 3 transfer ports and are made from brass with a hard-chromed layer that reduces wear, while the crankshaft is very strong and delivers provides good power delivery. On offer are a 3.5cc circuit engine (N21-3T), two 2.1cc circuit engines with slide (N12TS1) and rotary (N12TSR1) carburettor, a .12 engine (N12ST) for 1/10th stadium trucks and finally a budget 3.5cc buggy motor (N21B-2001BF).
Tekin have announced that they will start shipping their new B1 Series speed controllers tomorrow, the 12th of July. Tekin’s B1 and B1-R bring exceptional brushed technology to 1/18th scale cars and trucks and are powerful enough to run any micro brushed motor available (up to 380 size). The B1 Series ESC’s can be used with NiCd, NiMH and Lipo batteries and feature an on-board temperature indicator while Lipo cutoffs bring extra safety and highly reliable operation. These mini controllers have a small footprint of less than 1″ square and come available in both Forward only (B1), as well as Forward and Reverse (B1-R).
The fourth round of the Belgian 1/8th scale National Championships was run at the Bierset track over the weekend and it was newly crowned Benelux Champion Robin D’Hondt that proved he was the class of the field by taking the win ahead of Serpent team mate Steven Cuypers in 2nd with Eric Vandereyt in 3rd. Serpent have the full race report from D’Hondt on their website, which you can check out here.
Last weekend the Auto Model Club Ampuis played host to the 2007 French EFRA GP for 200mm and apart from a few foreign drivers the event was very much an all French affair. Qualifying, which was held in dry conditions, saw Kyosho driver Adrien Bertin set both a new individual lap record and overall 5 minute qualifying record, to take the pole position ahead of B.A. Arnaldi in 2nd and Belgian driver Jérôme Renaux in 3rd. Unfortunately for race day the rain came down and this put a bit of a dampener on proceedings but the race went ahead anyway and it Kyosho driver Sébastien Wartelle that took the win, by a lap, from 2nd placed Adrien Bertin with 3rd spot going to the Renaud Monin.
Team Orion driver, Josh Cyrul has won the 2007 ARCOR World Championships held recently at Freddies Hobbies asphalt oval track, in Ohio. This was the first running of the World Championships for this oval racing class, and it was top US driver Josh Cyrul, using his Revolution V2 Oscar Special 7 turn motor, that took the win in the brushed class. We also have a few videos from the event to show the stress that these motors have to put up with during such an event, that sees the cars racing flat out for 4 minutes at high speeds.
Much More have released some new products for setting, and helping you set, the brushes in your electric motor with the release of this new ‘brush holder re-setter’ (shown above) and brush setter. The brush holder is made from blue anodised aluminium and is used to reset your stand up or lay down brushes easily and accurately, while the new brush setter has been designed to set brushes used in Checkpoint motors, and comes supplied with the brush butter. Much More have also released new silicone o-rings for use on 3mm shock shafts, which unlike other o-rings don’t expand after use, and come in number of grades.
Team Associated have just announced their expected entry into the ever expanding 4wd electric buggy market with the upcoming release of the B44. Available in September, the new B44 is based on the JConcepts BJ4WE platform but features some small changes to make it easier to mass produce as well as some small performance improvements throughout, such as to the cars slipper clutch and of course as its from the Factory Team, it will feature lashings of blue anodising.