Last weekend saw the 2nd round of the Swiss 1/8th scale National Championships run in the west of the country in the town of Aigle. Qualifying saw the pole position go to Serpent racer Shasa Lackner, ahead of Novarossi team mate Marco Müller in 2nd, with Christophe Pethoud and Mattia Pesenti rounding out the top 4. At the start of the Final Shasa jumped straight into lead and started to pull away from Müller in 2nd place. Unfortunately for Lackner at the 35 minute mark he developed radio problems which caused him to crash his car, putting him out of the race. After this is was easy for Müller, who took the win ahead of Pesenti in 2nd while Andy Geisser claimed 3rd.
Xray have announced that due to unprecedented demands on their moulding department, the originally planned composite differential for the Xray T2’008 will be delayed with no time schedule. Xray will continue to include the aluminium differential in the kit as well as offer it as a spare part.
Clive Connolly put the disappointment off just missing out on making the Main Final at the Euro Bs in Austria last weekend behind him when he took a clean sweep of wins in the latest round of the Irish National On road Championships on Sunday. The Team Serpent Ireland driver completely dominated 1:8 taking the TQ with his IDM powered 960 before going on to take the win from the Kyosho of Austin Elliot. Youngster Sean Doyle completed the top 3 at the St. Annes track with his first podium finish of the season. In the 1:10 200mm, championship leader Eoin Doran took the TQ with his Xray NT1 with Connolly’s Serpent 720 lining up second on the grid for the half hour final. The pair enjoyed a great battle for the lead for the first half of the race until Doran ran out of fuel as he entered the pit lane for a scheduled stop. The time lost in restarting Doran’s car was enough to give Connolly the break he needed to take his first 200mm win of the season. Chris Lawlor completed the podium with his Serpent 720.
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The 2nd round of the Dutch electric touring car Nationals were run last weekend at the HFCC track in The Hague. Saturday’s practice was run in dry conditions but on Sunday rain interrupted the qualifying causing round 2 of qualifying to be cancelled, leaving the racers on 2 rounds to get their fastest time in. Following the heats it was Serpent racer Bart Wubben that was on pole position in Modified, some 6 seconds in front of team mate Rob Jansen in 2nd, with Tamiya driver Arjen Potharst and Serpent driver Rene Cornella in 3rd and 4th respectively. The finals saw Bart and Rob pull away in leg 1 to claim to top 2 positions, while in the 2nd leg it was a repeat of Leg 1 at the front with Bart winning to take the overall ahead of Rob who claimed 2nd overall and Stefan Jansen taking the final spot on the podium in 3rd. In the stock class it was ETS Holland pole man Vasco Christiaanse that took the win for Kyosho ahead of 2nd place Michael Lepelaar driving a Tamiya, while Ronald Arts rounded out the podium for Serpent in 3rd.
With the European Football Championships starting this week hosted by Switzerland & Austria, our friends at Kyosho Germany are running a fun competition to win some great prizes. The first placed price is an Inferno GT Ferrari F430GT, with 2nd place getting a Fazer Audi A4 DTM and 3rd getting a Minium Citabria airplane. Places 4 to 10 will receive a Kyosho t-shirt from their team collection. This competition is in the German language only.
Losi have released what they expected to be one of the more popular options for the new Mini-T. Racers get an 1100mAh NiMh battery pack that substantially increases speed and run time and a wall charger to go with it. Typical charge time for the included 1100mAh pack is about two hours and the charger can be used with a variety of other Ni-MH battery packs for micro cars and trucks.
More new tires from Atomic RC, this time some foam versions for use on the Kyosho 1/12th scale Spada 09. Pre mounted on white rims, the front tires are available in middle or soft hardnesses, while the rear tires are also available in the same compounds.
Yet even more new releases for the Futaba 3PK from South Korean custom RC design company Craft RC. The new skin is called the Skull flame series, which is available in red and purple, and as per the previous versions it is made from top quality material that is easy to apply and which stays good for a long time.