Last weekend at the Houthalen track in Belgium it was 14 year old Maxim Claes that took the class 2 win at the 3rd round of the Belgian National Championships for 1/10th 200mm. After qualifying 5th overall, Maxim was well placed in the semi final to take a spot in the main, but not before a broken shock absorber forced him to fight back from last to eventually finish 2nd. In the 30 minute main final the young Serpent driver lined up 8th on the grid and when the race started he could work his way to the front and take the lead, from where he went on to win the race by 3 laps.
RC Mag have again produced some great videos from the 2007 Kyosho Masters, held in France last weekend. As you can see from these videos of the Elite buggy final, it was really wet and this probably explains why the British racer Elliot Boots was able to win easily, using all those skills gained racing in the often wet and miserable UK Nationals. Check out the first part of the final above and watch the second video below.
East, the Japanese modified parts maker, has begun selling these new middle bearing blocks for the Mugen MRX4-R, the Kyosho Evolva and the Kyosho V-One RRR, which because of their construction prevent twisting and therefore reduce damage to the front belt. Made using high grade aluminum, each part is anodised and comes in a range of different colours with all sets supplied with ceramic bearings that help increase the drivetrain efficiency. The V-One RRR set comes with an additional titanium center pulley shaft, which is very light yet extremely strong.
Last Sunday saw the 3rd round of the Dutch Truggy.nl Cup held on the Mach One circuit in Helmond and saw 39 racers in attendance. After qualifying it was local racer Paul Geelen who emerged as the top-qualifier and he was joined by 2nd direct qualifier Stefan Petrich while the numbers 3 to 22 were placed in semi finals to determine the next 8 starting spots in the main final. In the main final it was a close battle for the top position and in the end of the 24 minute final the top racers, Stefan Petrich from Germany and local racer Mark van Waayenburg finished within seconds of each other with Stefan taking the win from Mark in 2nd with 3rd position falling to Paco Raap.
Japanese company Eagle Racing have announced the release of this handy carry case called the Mini-RC Bag. Designed to hold Kyosho Mini Z cars and associated parts, as well as similar sized cars, this bag comes with 3 internal drawers made from hard wearing cardboard, while the outside of the bag is made from black durable canvas material and features screen printed logos.
Serpent are reporting on the latest round of the Irish National Championship, held at the St.Annes track on Sunday, where Clive Connolly led home a Serpent clean sweep of the podium in 1/8th scale. Having TQ’d for the event, the reigning Champion controlled the race from the front to win ahead of young charger Sean Doyle in 2nd and Championship leader Darragh Fox in 3rd. The win, Connolly’s first of the season, moves him up to joint second in the standings with Doyle while Fox sits at the top of the standings on 295 points.
Venom Group have been in touch to inform us about their new range of batteries, suitable for many different applications. First up we have the massive capacity 5000MAh 7.2v stick pack which is built using the latest Quad Welding technology for superior strength and optimum power and comes pre-fitted with a standard Tamiya type connector. Next up is Venoms new line of 2 Cell LiPO Rx Battery Packs that are 33% lighter than most conventional NiMH packs and are a perfect replacement for flat and hump packs in most installations. Also available are some high capacity 1600MAh receiver packs in conventional flat and hump packs and finally, Venom also announced that all their SC battery packs will soon be available with Traxxas new High Current Connector for use with their Velineon Brushless Power System.
This weekend saw the rain affected 3rd round of the Dutch National Championship for 1/10th 200mm take place at the small technical Gouda track in the center of the country. The first rounds of qualifying saw a wet track for all the racers but this cleared up and allowed some quick times to be set, the quickest of which being set by round 1 winner Jilles Groskamp with his Xray NT1. Just before the semi finals were to be run it started to rain once more which made conditions very tricky, but this started to dry up and by the time the final came around the track was partly dry but still pretty slick in some areas, despite this almost everyone started with a dry setup. In the final it was Jilles that could master the conditions best and built a clear lead up until 8 minuted before the end, when his engine stalled, handing the lead to round 2 winner Maarten van Lierop who went on to take the win from Richard Keur in 2nd and current National Champion Remy Moller in 3rd.
In the supporting classes, there was a win the in the Nomac class for Serpent racer Pedro Rombouts with Daan Stuiver close behind in 2nd and Rene Lijnzaat in 3rd.