Following the success of our inaugural year, the Euro Touring Series is back for another bigger and better season, incorporating some emerging countries along the way. The season will kick off next month, 10th-12th of October, in Kastellaun, Germany, before moving on to Hungary in December, Poland in March, Netherlands in May and back to Andernach in Germany for the season finale in July. Round 1 will be run in place of the well known Speed Weekend and has already attracted the cream of European racing with Jilles Groskamp, Marc Rheinard, Viktor Wilck, Steen Graversen, Jonas Kaerup, Christer Andersson, Hupo Hönigl and more having already confirmed their entry.
Entry closes on the 9th of October, but as a bonus for those that pay their entry fees prior to the 19th of September they will receive a great goodie bag containing lots of freebies from the event sponsors. As always the legendary Scotty Ernst will be doing the commentary, BBK will be handling the timing and Red RC will be reporting live from the event.
For more information about the event and where it takes place go to the Series page on our site here.
The fourth & final round of the Irish 1:8 Buggy Nationals took place over the weekend at the Navan Nitro Nuts track and where championship came to a thrilling climax with a tie break required to declare the 2008 Champion. After 45 minutes of racing it was Xray driver Barkley Abernethy who just took the win from the Hot Bodies of Mark Harron. Seperated by just four seconds the result left the pair tied on points and with both having recorded the same number of wins and second place finishes the title would be decided on each drivers qualifying results handing Harron the title. Completing the podium at the all astro turf track, which also hosted the opening round back in May, was Crono driver David Curtis.
The new Hitec HS-7985MG High Torque Digital Servo has the added benefit of the company’s new G2 second generation programmable digital circuit. This circuit has twice the resolution of their original circuit while adding programmable overload protection. The technology doesn’t stop at the circuit board, with a high performance coreless motor, dual ball bearing supported output shaft, bushing supported gear shafts and a Heavy Duty Metal gear train this servo was designed to withstand the stress of on/off road vehicles.
Speed Passion have been in contact to give us a preview of their great looking new special edition Competition 2.0 brushless motors. Perfect in time for the World Championships this November, the new motors are decorated in the names of the company’s factory drivers and carry their own unique colour scheme. Motors are available from Marc Rheinard, Jilles Groskamp, Viktor Wilck, Surikarn Chaidajsuriya and Toni Rheinard. Speed Passion have had a good year so far winning the European 1/10th and 1/12th scale Championships, LRP Masters, pre Worlds in Thailand, the Euro Touring series and the IIC, but can they get a perfect run and take the Worlds too, they seem to have a very strong team going into the event.
For the last race of the 2008 Belgian touring car championships the series went to Roeselare, a great track and especially very fast but the weather forecast was not very good. On Saturday everybody could drive under good weather, even the sun was there but Sunday, was a disaster weather wise. Everybody had to water proof their car and because of the weather there was on fifteen drivers competing. In the EFRA class it was Demsey Jacob who took the pole, in front of Patrick Jespers in 2nd while 3rd spot went to Gerrit Van Swijgenhoven.
Calandra Racing Concepts have released this EZ Pipe mount for use on 1/8th scale gas off road buggies and truggues. Instead of having to make multiple lengths and shape pipe hanger wires for different types or brands of pipe, you can simply loosen the set screws and adjust the length to match your pipe. Simple and effective.
New from Fastrax is this range of 1/8th scale pre-mounted wheels and tires aimed at the cost conscious basher. Factory glued on three different style rims they represent exceptional value for money and are perfect replacements for on all RTR 1/8th scale with 17mm hexes. The wheels also available separately, sold in pairs, as well as 3 different hardness molded foam inserts, for putting together your own tire sets.