The 2nd round of the Italian Nationals was held 2 weekends ago at the Padova track in the North East of the country, near Venice. This race was dominated by current European Champion Dario Balestri who, running the new Team Magic G4+, took the pole position after setting fastest times in all qualifying rounds to line up ahead of current European ‘B’ Champion, and Serpent driver, Alessio Mazzeo in 2nd with the 3rd qualifying spot going to former 1/8th scale European Champion Daniele Ielasi. At the start of the 45 minute final a coming together broke the front right shock on Mazzeo’s car losing him 5 laps and forcing him to push hard for the rest of the race to claw back time. Balestri who led from the start was pushing hard as he was the only driver due to make a tire stop and so had to build a big enough time cushion to stay in front, which he managed to do, however his engine stalled and he lost the lead to Mugen racer Giuseppe D’angelo but Dario, on new tires to easily catch and pass him. Balestri took the win, 7 seconds ahead of D’angelo in 2nd with 3rd spot going to Kyosho racer Daniele Ielasi.
Continuing their Racer in the Spotlight series, Serpent have interviewed European B Championship finalist Philip Eberle from Germany. Racing for 8 years Philip has already achieved some very good results in his home country but wishes to increase his racing level even higher and as such he will focus less on regional races and compete in more international events. Go check out the interview and find out more about this young racing talent.
Xray are reporting on their teams performance at the recent Kyosho Cup, a touring car race in Korea for gas powered 200mm 1/10th scale cars. In what was a close final it was Goo Gi-Bon that took the win for Xray, his 3rd straight win in a month, ahead of Serpent 720 driver Jang Ji-Whan in 2nd, while 3rd place went to another Xray NT1 racer, Kim Gi-Yul.
It took a while but we eventually got the results from last weekends Offroad Meeting that was held at the Monsummano Terme track in Italy. Adam Drake got the job done in the Senior buggy class, his Losi 8ight was the class of the field on the fast, dusty and punishing track and he won by half a lap in front of Xray racer, and Italian National round 3 winner, Alex Laffranchi in 2nd with the Crono RS03 of Fabrizio Tegheshi in 3rd, another half a lap back. In the truggy class it was another visitor that took the win, Finnish racer Joseph Quagraine took the win for HoBao by over a lap from Mugen racer Fabio Boero in 2nd with the American Adam Drake once again at the sharp end of the field, bring his Losi 8ight truggy home in 3rd.
HoBao have announced on their brand new site, the introduction of the new Pro version of their Hyper ST Truggy. The new Pro version features improved, stronger, lighter materials for the demands of heavy racing, coupled with a more streamlined and racy profile, to set the ST Truggy apart. The aggressive, unique body styling has been further refined for a truly stand alone look.
It was pretty awesome when HPI raced their Baja 5B the 120 miles across the Desert earlier this year, but that event will now seem like a small little test run compared to the new challenge facing this all terrain buggy. HPI will drive the Baja continuously around the entire island of Iceland, a round trip of 870 miles (1400km), that will take 4 days, the team will have a police escort and the whole thing will be covered by Icelandic television Channel 2, two newspapers and Bilar&sport magazine. Two thumbs up to HPI for attempting this and bringing RC sport to the masses.
A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> Nicholas Zachariades wins latest round of Cyprus 1/10th Nats – Link [serpent.com]
> Hold It – the invention that will change your life forever – Link [radiocontrolzone.com]
> Report from the 3rd round of the Norwegian Off road cup – Link [teamxray.com]
> 2007 Indonesia Truggy Nats, Series points after 4 rounds – Link [buggy-sport.info]
> CML have a report on their driver, KM winner, Elliot Boots – Link [cmldistribution.co.uk]
> Setups from top Kyosho racers at the Kysoho Masters – Link [kyoshofrance.com]
Xray are reporting on their site from the 2nd round of the Paranaense Championships held at the S.T.A.R. track. This event was run for electric and 200mm gas touring and in the Modified touring class it was Otávio Langowski that took the top qualifying spot from Fabiano Franco and Flavio Salinet. In the 5 round final however it was Xray racer Flavio Salinet that came out on top in front of pole man Otávio Langowski in 2nd with Jonas Ferstemberg in 3rd. The gas touring race saw Gabriel Brito claim the pole position ahead of Kenedi Quequi and Felipe Stuani while in the final Brito could win easily from first time gas racer Fabiano Franco in 2nd while 3rd spot went to Kenedi Quequi.