The final race of the 2008 Truggy Cup was held last weekend at the Mach One track in Helmond, The Netherlands. In the Master class it was Bas de Konink who was top qualifier and had the best start in the final with the group behind him coming together in the first corner, giving him a gap up front. Behind Eric Duijster, Paul Geelen, Henoc Luis and 2007 Champion Mark van Waayenburg fought wheel to wheel for 2nd place, with the entire field remaining tightly bunched in the early stages. At the head of the field Bas led the race throughout, taking his GRP powered Hong Nor X2-CRT to victory ahead by 2 laps ahead of Paul Geelen, the winner of the previous two Truggy Cup 2008 races, in 2nd with Jorg of Leuken taking the final podium place in 3rd. This result gave Bas de Konink the 2008 Truggy Cup title.
Dynamite have released some new tools for gas racers including this new Clutch spring tool and 3 in 1 tuning screw driver. The Clutch spring tool is suitable for any .12 – .27 nitro engines that use a standard 3-shoe clutch. Using the large knurled handle the tool helps install and remove clutch shoes in seconds. The 3 in 1 tuning screw driver has a removable anodized handle that acts as a piston locking tool as well as a glow plug holder. Combine this with the flat head screw driver for adjusting your carburetor and you have 3 tools in 1.
The much anticipated Protoform LTC-R body shell that we previewed back in October is now available. This Global Body Spec ready race body is designed specifically for rubber tire racing whether it’s on a carpet or a paved surface racetrack. It was designed with slightly more steering ability than the Mazda 6 and Mazda Speed 6 body styles, yet a bit less aggressive than the Protoform R9-R body. To further aid balance and rear grip the wing mounting location that’s slightly more rearward. The LTC-R features two trim lines, one for IFMAR, EFRA, ROAR, JMCRA racing at the 115mm height as well as the BRCA’s 120mm height rule. The oversize rear wing helps performance on a poor-grip surface that’s commonly experienced in club racing but also incorporates trim lines for sanctioned style racing. Available in 2 different weights of genuine lexan and comes with protective film, decals and wing mounting hardware.
Following the recent departure of Ryan Lutz from Kyosho, to move to Tamiya, the Kyosho Team manager role has been passed onto Team Orion Team manager Joe Pillars. Joe sent us the following statement:
I would first like to wish former Kyosho Team Manager/Factory Driver Ryan Lutz the best of luck with his new job and direction in racing. It sounds like he received a great offer and he deserves everything he gets. It has been great to work with Ryan here at Kyosho for the past year. He is a great guy on and off the track and any team would be lucky to have him. Taking over the role of Kyosho America’s Team Manager is a great honor and I am very happy to be chosen for this position. I would also like to say thanks to Joel Johnson for this great opportunity. Kyosho is one of the most successful R/C companies to date with a great name in this industry for high quality products and a history of winning.
KM Racing have released two new optional upper decks for the Kyosho V-One RRR 1/10th scale chassis. Made from carbon fibre, both feature a hexagonal counter bore design for locking the car’s fifth body post and both are supplied with a pair of fuel tank o-rings. The difference between the 2 is that one allows for the standard upright mounting of the throttle servo, while the 2nd enables it to be mounted in the lay down position for a lower centre of gravity.
Marc Rheinard is now officially the best electric touring car driver in the World after he became the first double title holder by winning the 2008 IFMAR Electric Onroad World Championships here today in Thailand. The German was always one of the favourites coming into the event along with his great rival & friend Atsushi Hara but no one could have predicted such a dramatic finish to the event.
PN Racing have been in contact to tell us about this new KO module adaptor for Futaba 3PKand Sanwa/Airtronic M8 & M11 transmitters. Most Kyosho Mini-Z drivers want to use the 2.4ghz Mini-Z but only KO Propo have released a 2.4ghz module for this. This adaptor can convert the KO module so that you can use it with the above radios listed.
HongNor have released this new X2-CR Conversion kit which helps improve performance as well as reduce weight of the overall car. With a new chassis layout and forward centre of gravity, the buggy is faster through the corners and accelerates pit of the corners quicker. The new gear ratio gives the car smoother and faster acceleration, while the new lightweight aluminium shafts deliver the same great power more efficiently and smoothly to the drive train.