Schumacher are very pleased with their performance at last weekend IIC event with Jimmy Maddison (UK) and Alan Hewitt (USA) taking 1st and 2nd in the Stock Rubber Sedan class, with Maddison having TQ’d the class. Their Mi3 was also at the top of its game in the 19T Rubber Class with class TQ Randy Caster coming home in 2nd, Jimmy Madison in 4th and 4th qualifier Alan Hewitt in 6th and Foam guru Chris Goetz also took 4th in the Stock Foam A main.
But the REAL story of the race was an astounding display of teamwork and cooperation in the Schumacher pits. As UK team member Jimmy Maddison was struggling with his primary car just an hour before his qualifier, the US team as a whole decided to “team build” his backup kit for him. The team members went to work, and in a flurry of activity they completed the car for him just minutes before his qualifier. Madison then went on to take TQ of the class with that qualifying round! This kind of team effort, friendly attitude and helpfulness were displayed throughout the event, and no single action could do more to personify exactly what it means to be a part of TEAM Schumacher.
This is the third time we have written about this particular motor heatsink with cooling fan from Japanese brand Trion, so we’ll keep it brief. Essentially the only thing to announce is that it is now available in black adding to the already available silver, red, blue & purple. You can read our previous write up about it, here.
Xray have a report on their site from the Czech Open that was run recently at the RC Buggy Club Most. About 50 drivers were in attendance and most used it as a warmup race for the future round of the Czech Nationals that will be held at this track. In qualifying it was Kyosho racer Martin Vinš that claimed the top qualifer spot ahead of Xray racer Petr Klatovský in 2nd, he would go on to win his semi final and claim the pole position spot for the main final. In that final Petr could use his position well and kept out of trouble to lead off the grid until lap 4 when he made a mistake on the track allowing 2 cars to get ahead of him. However, in a short time he was able to catch them and pass them again and go on to increase his lead, eventually finishing 2 laps ahead Kyosho driver Jan Vostatek in 2nd and Martin Vinš in 3rd
JConcepts have announced the release of their new Groovy 2wd front tire, a perfect choice for a variety of track surfaces. The Groovy incorporates a compact tire body with sharp 4-rib separation for precise steering input and response and will be available in sticky Green compound. Sold complete with firm foam inserts these tires have already won this years Florida State Series.
Spanish company Ultimate Racing have been in contact to give us information about their new progressive Air filter system available for a number of air filter mounts. Currently a lot of other manufacturers use hi-density foam to avoid particles getting into the engine, but the problem is that these hi-density foams soaked in filter oils encourage a dust layer to form on the external part of the filter that results in a decrease of airflow to the engine which in turn decreases engine performance and increases fuel consumption. The new system from UR consists of a combination of two different types of foam and two different kinds of oil.
Japanese firm Active Hobby have released further information on their latest project, a 1/12th scale 4wd touring car called the A210SS that we showed you back in the start of September. Designed with sports racing in mind, this car is essentially and reduced size 190mm touring car with dual belts, front C-hub system, front and rear ball diffs as well as front and rear CVD’s. The car is still a true racing machine with a low centre of gravity, stiff chassis, adjustable settings such as toe and roll centres and has lightweight carbon fibre used throughout.
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Team Losi have announced the upcoming release of these Arm Guards for use on the company’s 1/8th scale 8ight and 8ight-T. Mounted to the rear wishbones through use of screw and the the rear lower upright pivot pin, these polycarbonate guards protect your rear drive shafts, shocks and other moving parts in that area, from mud splashes and dry debris picked up during racing. Super lightweight they are sold in a set of 2 and will be available later this month.
A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> Report from the German final of the Kyosho World Cup – Link [kyosho.de]
> Team Orion celebrate their class wins at the IIC – Link [teamorion.com]
> Interview with new Losi signing Yannick Aigoin – Link [neobuggy.net]
> Dirk Wischnewski dominates German Regional qualifier – Link [teamxray.com]
> Austria announce strong Nations Cup squad – Link [serpent.com]
> Darren Johnson finishes in Winning Style – Link [cmldistribution.co.uk]
> Junior ‘B’ Off road 1/8th Italian Championships – Link [rbproducts.com]