The 2nd round of the 1/8th scale North German regional qualifiers was held last weekend at the AMC Hildesheim track, host of this weekends European 40+ Championships. With 25 drivers present in the class, most racers were at the track on the Saturday for setup work, track practice and the first qualifying runs. Kyosho racer Lars Hoppe, winner of the stock class at the 2006 DHI cup, set a new track record in his run but transponder problems at the event meant that the result didnt count and qualifying would be taken from the Sunday only, were Jürgen Stark took the pole position in front of Lars Hoppe in 2nd and Jens Stark in 3rd. In the race Hoppe could take the lead from the very start and pull out a 2 lap advantage to take the win after 30 minutes, coming home in front of Sepent driver Jan Asmer in 2nd and Mugen racer Konstantin Saritsaklis in 3rd.
We have another announcement from our partners at the RC Pro Series, this time its to tell you that Kissimmee Raceway will host the 2nd Annual Kyosho US Fuel Sedan Championships, an event sanctioned by RC Pro, on the 26th to 28th of October. This event is open to all 200mm sedan racers and membership of RC Pro is not required.
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The 5th round of the BRCA 1/8th scale buggy Nationals was held last weekend at the Frankley track, once again under wet conditions. In qualifying it was truggy pro round 3 winner, and HoBao runner, Graham Alsop that took the TQ spot in front of Hong Nor racer Simon Willetts in 2nd while David Crompton driving another HoBao ended his qualifying in 3rd. At the start of the main final Graham Alsop and Simon Willets got away from the chasing group of Jamie Booth, John Hazelwood and round 4 winner Neil Cragg. After an unfortunate stop and go penalty for Simon Willets which took him out of the fight for the lead, Neil Cragg and Bloomfield were up front racing for the win. By the last fuel stop Darren had a 10 second lead from Neil who was pushing hard, but he couldnt catch him and thats how it ended, the battle for third was hard fought between Alsop and Booth both pushing like crazy but Graham held on to round out the top 3.
Xray have a report on their site from the 2007 Russian Off-road Nationals held recently in Moscow. In qualifying it was Xray driver Artem Lopukhin that took the TQ spot ahead of Mikhail Diachenko in 2nd and Robert Karlinjsh in 3rd. The 45 minute final saw Lopukhin carry forward his great form from qualifying to take the win in front of team mate Iliay Korobkov in 2nd with Robert Karlinjsh ending the race in 3rd.
We received a release from the RC Pro Series regarding their Nitro Offroad Finals which will be held once again on the same week as the last 4 years, November 6th-10th. It will be in Alvarado, Texas on Hwy 67 just 3 miles east of Hwy 35W – 25 miles south of Ft. Worth and 45 miles SW of DFW airport. Yes it will be an indoor rodeo arena! It seats 2500 spectators and has plenty of room for pits. There are RV hookups with electrical and water but no sewer. These are extra charge but there is a paved parking area for those who want to use generators intstead. Both areas are just outside the main entrance for the pits. There will be concessions at the arena and on days we are open to the general public there will be a cantina.
Upgrade RC have released some more new products, the first of which is the addition of the HoBao Hyper 8 body to the list of supported graphics kits for the recently released Torch design. Also new from the customization specailists these retro wheel dots, which you can see above which add a neat old school look and are available in 5 different colours.
Japanese RC product distributor and manufacturer Powers International have released a new range of branded t-shirts. Available in 3 colours, black, blue and grey, each shirt has been made from 100% cotton and sport the Powers logo on the front left chest with a large logo on the rear.
We wrote about the truggy version of the DuraTrax Raze 2 months ago and now the 1/8th scale buggy, a good value gas powered RTR which the truggy is based on, has received an upgrade. This new version of the Raze now features a heavy-duty ball-bearing steering servo with metal gears to allow it to stand up to high-torque racing action. Also new are the 20 ball bearings for smoother driving, higher speeds and longer-lasting performance and the new paint trim scheme in six pre-painted colours with race-legal clear windows.
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