British racer Elliot Boots has beaten all in the Elite Buggy class to win the 2007 Kyosho Masters in France this weekend. The young driver lined up 2nd on the grid, with only current World Champion Mark Pavidis ahead of him after a very quick semi run, but in the 45 minute race, after Pavidis ran into some trouble, it was left to Boots to take over at the front and win the race by 2 laps ahead of Karl Jackson with French racer Stéphane Deroch in 3rd. In the Truggy class it was Mark Pavidis that took win ahead of Portugese racer Miguel Matias in a very tight battle that saw the pairing seperated by less than 2 seconds at the end of the 20 minute race, Yuichi Kanai came home in 3rd.
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In addition to the videos we showed you yesterday RC Mag have been busy making more great videos, this time from the qualifying runs of Yuichi Kanai, Daniel Reckward and Tony Cazin. The runs are all from buggy qualifying and can be watched in the embedded player above with the other videos below.
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We have already shown you the outside of the new .21 CRF buggy engine from Team Orion, as driven at the Kyosho Masters by engine developer Adrien Bertin, and while it may seem overkill to keep going on about this engine, we feel its important to show you more. We now have photos of the internals of this new engine and at first glance they seem to look very similar to those used in the .12 engines from CRF. How good is this engine, well Bertin qualified his CRF powered Kyosho in 9th place in Elite buggy at the Masters, but without knowing the full details, its hard to judge the motor based on this performance. Look below for yourself at the new crankshaft and the piston liner set.
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While all the top Kyosho racers from around the world are in France for the Kyosho Masters, it seems most of the other top racers are in Italy for the annual Offroad meeting. Held at the Monsummano Terme track, which we showed you videos from yesterday, this event has attracted a lot of international racers such as Adam Drake, Joseph Quagraine, Joern Neumann, Jerome Sartel and the Associated team of Maifield and Saxton were to come also. Qualifying in the buggy class saw Mugen racer Fabio Boero take the top qualifying spot ahead of Kyosho pairing of Samu Lenzi and Raul Peris in 2nd and 3rd respectively, while Losi top man Adam Drake placed 4th.
Jerome Aigoin was the man to beat during qualifying for this weekends Kyosho Masters, the French EFRA GP winner managed to be fastest in both the Elite buggy and truggy classes. In the Elite buggy class, World Champion Mark Pavidis claimed the 2nd fastest time ahead of Yuichi Kanai in 3rd with UK racer Elliot Boots in 4th. In the truggy class it was the same drivers in the top 3 with Kanai in 2nd, Pavidis in 3rd while 4th spot was taken by Pro Line Challenge winner Linus Thern. The expert buggy class was TQ’d by Greek racer Giannis Papanikolaou while the League class saw French racer Paul Vairon take the top qualifying spot.
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As you are hopefully aware, this weekend sees the 2007 Kyosho Masters held near Paris in France, and as with all Masters racers there is a large entry of quality racers. Once more our partners RC Mag have got us covered, not only with their photo coverage, but also they have made these great videos of some truggy track action that includes World Champion Mark Pavidis, French GP winner Jerome Aigoin and Mike Cradock. You can watch them in the embedded player above with the other 2 videos below.