Xray have just made the announcement on their site that 2005 European Champion and all round top racer Teemu Leino has left Schumacher, after racing for them for 12 years, and joined Team Xray. Teemu is a driver of considerable skill and experience and would be seen as the necessary move needed to enable the Slovakian manufacturer step up their game and take a European & World 1/10th title, which up till now has eluded them.
XRAY is very pleased to announce that the world’s top touring car driver and European Champion Teemu Leino will be joining Team XRAY. Teemu will support the factory team at all racing events and will participate in the testing and further development with the car.
Ok, we caught this news a bit late but hadn’t really seen it anywhere else and thought it still pretty significant considering the level of racer that Mike Dumas is, so here it is. The American Xray racer has signed to race Tekin products and to help with product R&D and in his first run for his new sponsor, at the recent Halloween Classic, he TQ’d and won the Touring 19T class and then got 4th in Touring modified at the same event.
Mike Dumas one of the fastest mod drivers in Touring car has joined Team Tekin. Mike will add his talent as well as his R&D Skills in helping Tekin continue to develop new product for the RC Market.
Just last weekend, the GS Cup for off road was held in Malaysia and attracted a large attendance. In the main buggy final it was Scott Yang driving a GS that took the win ahead of 2nd place finisher Ah M with a Hong Nor and David Lim with a Kyosho back in 3rd. The truggy class was won by Hengster with a Hong Nor followed by Ah Leng with his GS in second and just ahead of fellow GS racer Pegan who finished 3rd.
At last weekends ROAR (US governing body) meeting it seems a rule was passed that outlawed the use of LiPo batteries in all R/C cars that run at ROAR sanctioned events. Although not stated, the reason was probably down to the safety issues with these batteries having been known to explode if not charged and handled properly. This is unfortunate as the benefits of LiPo are clear (weight, size, longer runtime) but i think this move was more a case of covering ROAR’s ass in the event of an injury brought on by an exploding LiPo. The move however seems a bit extreme as danger is present in all forms of RC racing, particularly burns and cuts and the mis-use or bad treatment of any power sources will always result in an injury.
The ruling however does not just affect Electric class racers but also gas racers who have installed LiPo cells to power their receiver. The judgment makes no differentiation between uses of the cells, but instead just bans their usage in all classes outright.
From the minutes of the meeting:
A proposal to outlaw Lithium Polymer batteries in all r/c vehicles was discussed. This item was adopted.
You can read the full minutes of the meeting here (PDF).
Yeh i know what your thinking ‘more RC Pro final news!’, well yeh it seems not much else happened last weekend so you gotta work with what you’ve got. So what we do have is a video from the big event which shows the super sweet track and the awesome setting, its a shame that no one turned up to watch it seems.
You can view the video here.
You can also view some images of the event here.
You can view the final Pro Buggy results after the jump… content
Juraj Hudy, chief designer and owner of Xray model racing cars, has posted his 3rd column reporting on life heading up the Slovakian company. This column reports on the build up to the World debut for the new T2007 at the International Indoor Championship (IIC) race in the US, and also on his approach to that race both before, during and of course after.
The teams received their cars around 2 weeks before the IIC race, so the stress and tension was on the team drivers now! Still, I was anxiously waiting for first reports. The first feedback started to come in few days later and I was very happy to hear that everybody reported that the new car worked perfectly right away, and improved lap times were achieved.
Martin Lissau has written his report from the second round of the Danish National championships in which he finished 2nd. Martin has yet to take that top step of the podium with his new Xray T2007 having also taken 2nd place in the first round of the championship but we’re sure its only a matter of time before that happens.
The finals were not the best-driven finals in the world, but after some good battles and close racing (sometimes a bit too close) Jonas took first place. After Steen had some problems, I took the no. 2 spot and he took no. 3