A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> Xray Wins Lithuanian Off-road Champs Rd1 – Link [teamxray.com]
> Fabio Boero wins 1st 1/8th GT Ultimate W.C. – Link [ultimateracing.es]
> Miguel Matias wins Portuguese Nationals Rd4 – Link [neo-buggy.net]
> Elliott Boots takes DRT summer series Rd4 – Link [cmldistribution.co.uk]
> Read the latest JQ Column installment – Link [neo-buggy.net]
> European 1/8th scale B Championship report – Link [jpracing.com]
> First round of the German Truggy Nats – Link [mid-mugen.de]
Entry is open for ETS Rd4 in Germany, June 27th-29th
The 3rd round of the 1/8th scale on road Nationals took place at the weekend on the very fast Baanbrekers in Rucphen. The day started on a somber note with a 1 minute silence to remember Belgian racer Koen Joosens and a well known Dutch driver Raymond Soyer who was killed recently during his job as a fireman. Qualification on Sunday started on a wet track and only the 3rd run of heats saw dry track conditions, making this by far the fastest round. Only John Ermen was able to set a 23 lap qualification on his home track to take the pole position for the NK class while in the Nomac class Ronald van den Bergh was able to get the better of Jordy Blok to take the pole position. In the NK final John Ermen was the fastest man on the track but due to continued interference occuring in the same corner on the track he lost losts of time and could manage to take the 3rd place. The win went to round 2 winner Rick V racing a Mugen, 1 lap ahead of Kyosho driver Ilia Van Gastel in 2nd, with Serpent racer John Ermen a lap further back. In the NOMAC group it was Jordy Block that took the win, ending with an even faster time than Rick V who won the NK group. The Serpent driver took the win by 6 laps from 2nd placed Tim Bosman, while Jeroen Janken claimed the 3rd spot.
EFRA were in contact regarding an incident that occured during the 1/8th scale European ‘B’ Championships which were held 2 weekends ago in Kirchberg Austria. The incident in question revolved around the discovery of a number of copies of the very popular Central Lola body shell that were being used by some competitors at the race who had unwittingly bought them at the trackside shop. This shells were pretty close to an exact copy and even carried the same EFRA homologation number as the original Cental shell. EFRA has ruled that these copies are illegal and are currently looking into taking further action agains the manufacturer.
We received a brief report from the 2nd round of 1/10th scale electric touring Danish Nationals that was held last weekend at the GRCC’s large track in Greve. This national round saw 40 drivers in attendance, with 21 competitors competing in 19 turns and 19 competitors in the modified division.
Edit RC are the latest company to have their own range of tools with the release of these high quality, professionally designed and precisely manufactured Edit Pro Series tools. A range of the most popular sizes required for a full tear down and rebuild of any type of RC racing machine is available, all with precision-ground replaceable tips and large stylish handles which have been laser-etched with the Edit RC logo. The range comprises of Allen tips – 1.5mm (shown), 2.0mm, 2.5mm & 3.0mm, Nut spinners – 5.5mm & 7.0mm as well as a Philips and flat head screw driver.
Last weekend at the Fiorano track in Italy was the 2008 Trofeo Novarossi race for 1/10th and 1/8th scale, and it was attended by all the best Italian racers including Collari, Cristiani, Picco, Solaroli, Pirani, Balestri etc. The weather was perfect for the race and it was last years winner Andrea Cristiani, driving a Serpent, that took the pole position in 1/8th scale from Alberto Picco in 2nd, 4 seconds behind, with Stefano Solaroli in 3rd for Motonica and Lamberto Collari 4th for Kyosho. The final saw Cristiani go straight into the lead, avoiding the first lap bumping that saw some racers drop back. Setting the fastest lap of the race, 0.25 seconds faster than anyone else, Andrea was able to make a tyre change on his way to a dominant win, finishing 3 laps ahead of Picco in 2nd and Andrea Pirani in 3rd.
Following the release of the Cyclone TC, which we showed you back in March, Hot Bodies have released the standard TC parts as option parts for the other Cyclone’s in the range. The front and rear bulkheads, as well as the middle block and motor mount are now available and are all purple anodised with the main difference being aesthetic, no longer featuring a chamfered edge. For performance improvements there are the new shock bodies for smoother shock action, while new front and rear graphite wishbones give an extra lower shock mount. Finally, there is the Cyclone TC sway bar holder that includes everything you need to upgrade to this new system with the exception of the anti-roll bar.
Last weekend say the HobbyPro Open race run in Hong Kong and it was open for 1/8th and 1/10th scale 200mm classes. With practice on Saturday affected by rain, the 100 racers that showed up on Sunday had to use their qualifiers to fine tune their set-up. Following the qualifying it was Samel Chiu that TQ’d 1/10th while in 1/8th scale it was Luk Chi Hung that took pole position. The main finals saw the win going to Dirty in 1/10th scale ahead of Chan Kain Man in 2nd and Lau Yiu Kei in 3rd, while in the 1/8th scale class the win went to Serpent racer Cheung Kin Ming ahead of Team C racers Luk Chi Hung and Choi Kam Man in 2nd and 3rd respectively.