Top US Mugen racer, and multiple Winternats winner, Mike Swauger has been in touch to let us know that he has signed to JP Racing for the 2008 season. Previously running with the Ninja engine, Mike failed to shine at this years World Championships and his results there may have had a big influence on his choice of power plant for next year. On leaving the GRP made motor, Mike has also left behind GRP tyres and so negotiations are still ongoing to secure a tire sponsor for the new year. Since signing to the French manufacturer at the beginning of December Swauger has gone on to win the recently held Toys for Tots race at Crystal Park, an event which he also TQ’d and set a new track record.
We received word from TGR about the upcoming TGR Hurda Challenge, a new race series which focuses on promoting open class racing which will take place next year in several countries with a great final in Istanbul, Turkey. The series is open to all makes of 1/28th scale cars and has 4 countries already commited to supporting the series with a number of other countries likely to get on board. There are a number of rules for the cars to conform to and prizes at all races leading up the series final. For more information on the series go here.
Barry Baker (old photo) has been confirmed as joining Trinity/Intellect as a driver, research and development specialist and sales rep. The 3 time National winner, in 2007 alone, joins recent signings Ralph Burch, Paul LeMieux, Jim Dieter and Brian Kinwald and had the following to say:
First of all I would like to say thank you to Jim for the post and also the whole Trinity family for the welcome to the team. I have worked with Jim before and we have a great respect for each other. I would also like to thank Checkpoint Motors and SMC batteries along with Odonnell for all their support these past 15 months…3 National Titles for the year!…Thanks again! I look forward to represent Trinity and Intellect at this years races along with the World Championships and many years to come.I feel with the knowledge and committment of the racers and employees of Trinity,hopefully we can get this hobby back to where it was years ago.
Following on fom the release of their first engine, the PGR S12T, Siim have now released the first information about their Star Motor made PGR S21B. Born to satisfy the most demanding drivers, it is a highly stable, potent and easy to tune buggy engine. Having been tested for a long period of time to ensure its performance and quality, the new motor will finally be available worldwide this Christmas.
Venom Racing have raised the bar with their new custom built r/c car LiPo race packs. Enclosed in a specially designed moulded case for protection of the cells, they feature heavy duty 12awg wire as well as balance and deans style connector. This particular pack is a 7.4V 20C 5000mAh version that has a charge rate of 5 amps (1C) and a discharge rate of 100amps while the maximum pack voltage is 8.4V.
German Xray importer SMI have announced that top German racer Ralf Krause has signed to race the NT1 for 2008. Ralf, who raced for Serpent the previous seasons, will join current German National Champion Robert Pietsch and vice Champion Dirk Wischnewski in racing the NT1 in Germany. Krause was a finalist in this years European B Championship in Roeselare as well as having finshed up as German Vice Champion 3-times.
Last weekend saw the first International Truggy.nl Indoor Masters 2007 run on an indoor dirt track in the Netherlands. The 30 minute A-main was won by German Kyosho ST-RR/Sirio driver Frank Lemke who managed to finish 1 lap up on the 2nd place finisher Stefan Petrich, also from Germany, with his RB powered Robitronic Mantis. The 3rd spot went to Dutch driver Daniël van der Drift with his Novarossi powered GS Racing XUT, only 7 seconds behind 2nd.
Exotek Racing have released an all new design concept for the R3 this time around with the goal to use Lipo batteries in the M18. The chassis plate has been machined to make a pocket in the 2mm thick chassis to protect LiPos from being damaged from the track surface, yet still maintaining the low profile and super narrow features of their R3 chassis. For the die hard NiMh racers, the chassis still accepts 6 cells side by side and with the addition of multiple tape slots in the battery compartment you are able to position your battery exactly where you want it to adjust the cars balance. The R3 now also accepts micro servos such as the Hitec 85MG and for improved car control, the R3 continues to use its unique mono crank steering system.