Following on rather quickly from the much hyped initial release of the Team Magic M1B, comes the follow up to that buggy, the M1B Turbo. Although no further details were given other than announcing its impending release, we believe that the ‘Turbo’ has been created to give the platform a new beginning, and to address those initial quality, durability and performance problems that has already witnessed a free update pack given to 1st generation buggy owners, and seen one of their main team drivers leave to race HoBao. More information when we get it.
Neo Buggy reports – JQ has taken victory at the Nordics – a well deserved victory; now 4 Nordic wins to his name! The start was pretty messy, Robert assumed the lead after Christoffer got taken out, and then fought a bit with Joe, who after a while dropped back. Christoffer was now last and pushing his way up. By about 10mins it was clear that Robert was really flying, his car looked real good, JQ was fighting with other drivers, while Robert was able to build a lead. Christoffer was now fighting his way up and fast, using an aggressive fuel strategy he was able to fight back. By about the 20-25min mark Robban’s lead was down and JQ was really looking strong, Robban had a few bad laps including one notable moment where a marshall literally held his car for 5secs and let about 4 drivers past giving him massive traffic. JQ capitalised and thru fuel stops began to build a serious lead. Robban fell back, and was caught and passed by Christoffer. By about 35mins, Joe was still pushing, having lapped everyone but Chris in 2nd, Linus was also pretty close to Robban in 4th & 3rd… In the end, Joseph took a great victory, followed by Christoffer close to/or a lap down, then Robban.
In the middle of July we reported briefly on Barry Baker winning the 2007 ROAR electric paved on road Nationals, held at the Seattle Indoor Raceway. Here are some videos from that race, showing action from all the classes with the video above taken during the Modified class A-main 1 in which Baker took the win. Below we have other Sedan videos as well as some from 1/12th scale.
Neo Buggy are reporting that Finland’s Joseph Quagraine has signed with Werks Racing to run their “Race Blend” fuel during the 2007, 2008 racing season. Joseph with his recent excellent race results at the Euro’s joins HoBao Cup winner Ari Heinonen as the second Finnish based driver to join the Werks Racing team. This represents the first of several upcoming announcements as Werks Racing embarks on an aggressive growth plan in the European market.
This years European Championship for Touring cars held in Montbrison France is over, and it is Ronald Volker that has taken the overall win for Hot Bodies. The first final saw a win for the pole man, and Xray driver, Steven Weiss, followed home closely by former World Champion Marc Reinhard for Tamiya, while the 3rd spot went to Volker. The 2nd final was the same 3 drivers at the front but in a different order, with Volker managing to squeeze past Weiss for the lead which he held till the end in front of Weiss in 2nd and Reinhard in 3rd. The 3rd leg of the final would be the decider and it was Volker once more that made his way to the front to take the lead after Weiss left a small gap which was enough to let the Hot Bodies driver through. Weiss proceeded to follow to try and regain the lead but a mistake cost him several positions and eventually allowed Reinhard up into 2nd and Groskamp into 3rd with Weiss demoted to 4th. This final result gave Volker and Hot Bodies the win, with Weiss in a hard fought 2nd for Xray and Reinhard for Tamiya in 3rd taking the final podium spot.
Our partners down under, Rube Dude, have done an interview with one of Australia top young off road racers, Logan Bruecher. This very talented young driver has just won the first round of the innaugural WA Challenge Cup Series in Geraldton and he did it in a very strong and convincing manner battling it out with Haley and Weise who really put on some incredible pace.
KM Racing have released a number of new optional parts for the Xray NT1 that have been developed by 2006 IFMAR Pre-World Champion Mr. Hung Cheung Hang. Beginning with this front shock tower, which has been made from 4mm carbon fibre, this ultra strong piece features 4 shock mount options for setup fine tuning and as with the other parts is a direct replacement for the standard Xray piece. Next up is a new rear shock tower, which sports 7 shock mounting holes and has also been made stronger through the use of 4mm carbon. Yet another tuning part is this rear camber plate that has 6 upper linkage mount points and has been made from 2.5mm carbon fibre. And finally, just for bling, is this great looking front upper bumper plate which has been machined from 2.5mm thick carbon fibre.
Another week, another European title up for grabs, this time its the turn of the electric touring drivers who will be fighting for the title of European Champion. This year championships are held on the super smooth Montbrison track on the south east of the France and all the teams and drivers have been fine tuning their setups since mid week under ideal weather conditions. With qualifying already over, and the rule stating that your 2 best runs are to count, it is Xray driver and German Indoor Vice Champion, Steven Weiss that has taken the top qualifying spot ahead countryman Ronald Volker in 2nd, racing for Hot Bodies, while 3rd spot goes to Snowbirds winner Jilles Groskamp driving another Xray. Lets see tomorrow if Xray can finally break their electric touring car Euro’s jinx and finally turn a pole position into a win.
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