Reedy Race of Champions winner Atsushi Hara continued his winning form with an impressive victory at the finale of the 2007/2008 Euro Touring Series. The Hot Bodies driver put in a great performance at the German Andernach track with European Champion Ronald Volker the only one of the world class field able to pose any serious threat to the Japanese ace, while US Champion Paul Lemieux rounded out the top 3. In the Stock class it was Alexander Stocker that dominated proceedings, taking the 2 wins and wrapping up the round win, as well as series title, with one A-main leg left to run. The runner up spot went to Meik Niemann, with round 3 winner George Spitteler taking 3rd and securing the runner spot in the series.
As predicted following the blistering pace he set in timed practice yesterday, Atsushi Hara has TQ’d for the finale of the inaugural Euro Touring Series at Andernach in Germany. The former World Champion has been in a league of his own despite the world class field competing at the event this weekend. Winning the first two heats with ease Hara was expected to secure pole for the A Mains in the third round but the Japanese ace made a rare driver error and pulled up early. Round 4 however it was back to business for the Hot Bodies team driver taking the win and achieve an unbeatable zero score to guarantee the TQ. In Pro Stock, German Hot Bodies Cyclone racer Alexander Stocker locked up the TQ spot after the 3rd round and goes into tomorrows final looking to take the overall Stock Championship having won the first round of the series in Kastellaun.
We received a report from the latest BRCA Rubber 200mm National that was held in Aldershot last weekend. With Steve Lander winning the first two rounds at Halifax and Cotswold’s and setting two track records this year in the process, the results show he is currently on good form. This was going to be a challenge for Stephen Brown to compete with his team mate and come away with the win, but it was a challenge Steve Brown showed he was up to.
Seen on the pit table of Corally team driver Marc Fisher, who is present at the 4th round of the European Touring Series in Andernach, Germany, we got an exclusive look at the new prototype Corally RDX Phi. Due to be used by the factory team at the European Championships next month in Vila Real Spain, the new car sports all new geometry front and rear and a more conventional shock absorber mounting, mounted to the rear of the rear shock tower and not to the front as on the current car. Designed to cure some problems that affected the cars handling, Fisher is getting used to the cars settings in order to gain more knowledge prior to the Europeans. Also new on Marc’s car is the GM Genius 120 brushless speed controller that has a much smaller footprint than the previous versions and comes with a built in cooling fan.
UPDATE: We have been asked by Corally, through Marc Fisher, to remove the images as he was apparently not meant to show anyone the car….Doh! We will of course oblige, even though most people have already seen it, to stop Marc getting into any more trouble.
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Red RC are present at the 4th and final round of the 2007/08 Much More backed European Touring Series and after the 2nd round of qualifying it was once again Atsushi Hara that is the man to beat with his Hot Bodies Cyclone TC, topping the time sheets from the Xray T2 ‘008 of Paul Lemieux. Both drivers reported their cars were the same as in the first qualifier but that the track had lost some of its speed. Needing just another round win to secure the TQ, Hara plans to use his second available set of Sweep control tires in the third heat to try and sew up the pole.
Team Magic have released a pair of steel differential outdrives for the front and rear outdrives of the M series buggies. The new outdrive longer cap has been designed to prevent the drive shaft from dropping out, an area which is extremely vulnerable as the forces from the heavy landings and crasnd hes. They have been manufactured from superb ST steel and machined with the utmost precision athey will fit the M1B and M8 series buggies perfectly and due to the exclusive hardening process the longevity is very good.
Much More have released a new series of connectors with traditional straight laminates, which offer up to 30% improved efficiency. These gold plated connectors have a large contact surface and can therefore carry the high currents required by todays powerful brushless motors, while the heavy duty battery soldering tags minimize voltage losses. Sold as seperate male and female connectors, as well as a complete set they are available in 2mm, 3mm, 3.5mm a 4mm diameter versions.
Tamiya USA have released details about their new 801XT truggy, including some very small photos which unfortunately don’t reveal too much detail. The 801XT is a 1/8 sale competition level assembly truggy kit, designed and tested in Southern California, USA. The highly efficient drive system comes from the optimized placement of the front and rear propeller shafts. The drive line is virtually straight which offers the most efficient drive-line possible in its class. The 801Xt chassis has plenty of adjustability to fine tune it for the most demanding of race tracks across the globe. TRF drivers from all parts of the world will be piloting this new competition level truggy in the coming months in an effort to exploit its potential and further develop the new line of 801Xt options soon to come.