A while back we wrote about top US driver Jason Ashton making the surprise move to Spanish manufacturer Sidorf to race their S-1 buggy. Well Jason is doing pretty well with the car Stateside and recently he showed his car off sporting some new Fioroni made aluminium optionals that include shock towers, uprights, shock bodies and more. The parts look good, especially the anodised / machined look, but no word was given on the release date of these parts, but we have learned that the Sidorf that will be released in the US will be called the M-5, but its unclear whether this is a new car or just a new name.
Italian site RC Bazar was present at last weekends Hobby Model Expo show at the Novegro Exhibition Center in Milan, Italy. While the event was for all types of hobby products including trains and planes etc, there was a number of RC car manufacturers, mostly Italian, present and showing off some of their products. The picture above is from the BP Racing stand, a company that we know from their BP engines but they also make other things too including these 1/8th scale rally game optionals that include the fanciest rear anti roll bar ever as well as an aluminium rear diff pulley and many other parts.
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Well it seems i’m the last person to get the news that Gil Losi Jr has joined Kyosho America, as my mailbox was full this morning with people telling me about it, damn that time difference. So heres the lowdown from Kyosho.
Gil Losi, Jr., an icon in the RC business and co-founder of Team Losi(tm), is coming to Kyosho America. Beginning in April, Losi will join the Kyosho America team as R&D Director in an effort to better align Kyosho products with the US market.
This years FEMCA Championships will take place on the 25th – 27th of May on the Jakarta International Twin Circuit in Indonesia. This will be the biggest on road gas race in Asia this year with all the top drivers from the surrounding countries coming to the event to win their regional championships. The event will run controlled fuel, similar to the situation at last years Worlds in Brisbane, and the fuel chosen by the organisers is Meccamo Racing Fuel. All the other details can be found on the event site which you can find here.
We have reported on the exploits of Andy Griffiths before and last weekend he managed to make it a clean sweep in 1/12th modified class by winning ALL rounds in this years championship. This last round of the championship took place in Hereford and all drivers were greeted with a big fast track and a technical infield. Andy claimed the pole position and from there proceeded to win the first leg of the finals, despite some mistakes near the end of the race. In the second final he damaged his car which put him out of the final which left Keith Robertson to take the win leg 2 and leaving it all to play for in the 3rd final, but once Andy got out in front he was never to be headed and took the final leg 3 win and with it the overall event win.
Last weekend saw round 7 of the FORGASS championship held at the Charlotte RC Raceway under sunny skies. In the 1/10th scale it was Winternats finalist, and winner of FORGASS round 6, Danny Horta driving a Serpent 720 that once again took the win, this time backed up by team mate Gianni Giorgio who came home in 2nd with Mugen racer Andrew Duperrouzel finishing in 3rd. In the 1/8th scale it was Paolo Morganti all the way, the Serpent 960 driver claiming TQ by 4 seconds and then going on to win the race, setting the fastest lap on the way. Phillip Abed came home in 2nd position, 2 laps back on Morganti and 4 laps up on Joe Sumasky who finished 3rd.
The people at Luxembourgs MCCK track have begun work on altering their World famous cork screw corner that provided so many drivers at the 2004 European Championships, as well as VRC users, with so many challenges. As you can see from the picture, the corner will turn right at the bottom of the original corkscrew instead of left and go back up hill and into a double left and then dropping in another corkscrew corner before rejoining the original track. The alterations should be ready in time for the new season.
Teddy Syach has proven himself to be the class of the field at last weekend BSD Invitational held at the BSD Super Traxxx circuit in Indonesia. In 1/10th scale, Serpent driver Syach managed to claim the TQ spot and could convert it into a 3 lap win in the main final finishing ahead of 2nd place Tons with Awie in 3rd. In the 1/8th scale class it was a repeat performance with Teddy winning the race by 1 lap ahead of Ricardo in 2nd and young Arya Rido in 3rd with Teddy claiming the fastest lap of the race as he did also in 1/10th.