Mark Green has won the first round of the 1/10th 200mm Foam National Championships held last weekend at the fast sweeping Tibshelf track. With around 80 drivers present for this opening round Mark Green showed his intentions for this year by going out and winning the race, one lap ahead of Kyosho racer Chris Slater who finished in 2nd position with Steve Brown claiming the 3rd spot also for Kyosho. In 4th spot was 13 year old Serpent SDD driver Kyle Branson who after qualifying 6th, moved up the field during the race to claimed 4th at the chequered flag.
World buggy Champion Neil Cragg has won the first round of the 2007 BRCA Rallycross Nationals held last weekend at Sandy track’s in Bedfordshire and our partners Racer Magazine where there to bring us this report: Qualifying was shared between three drivers with Tommy Chung winning the first round with his Sirio powered Kyosho before David Crompton won round two with his new Team Magic M1-B/RB combination. The third and final round was dominated by Neil Cragg with the only Associated RC8 at the meeting as he set a blistering time that marked his card for the half hour final.
Last weekend saw the 2007 Spanish National Championship ,for 1/8th scale off road, get underway with over 100 racers taking to the track in Lebrija. Richi Gomez claimed the top starting position followed by Borja Hernandez and Antonio Gomez Salmeron in 2nd and 3rd respectively but in the main race it was a quick exit for Axe Rossi racer Richi Gomez, who was out after only 4 laps, which left the front group battle it out for the top spot. Gomez Salmeron who had dropped back to 7th at the start managed to keep a consistently quick pace throughout the race and eventually took the lead from Mugen racer Daniel Vega on the 44th lap of the race and never looked back to take the win for HoBao. Vega managed to bring it home in 2nd position, only 12 seconds back, while Kyosho racer Adrien Perez Mayoral finished 3rd, just over 10 seconds back on Vega.
Yaniv Sivan has once again shown that he is the man to beat in the Israeli League as round 4 of the series took place at the Hot Wheels racing club this weekend. The main event was a tough race for round 3 winner Yaniv, with the Kyosho driver having a race long battle with Golan Levy and Idan Kizel which ended when Yaniv was eventually able to take the lead and shortly after Idan had to retire due to an engine problem. This meant that Yaniv could cruise to the win, finishing ahead of 2nd place Xray racer Yosi Steren with Nir Sivan finishing in 3rd with another Kyosho.
French Crono racer and pole position holder Jerome Sartel has won the EFRA GP being run by the BBTTC near Bouffioulx, in Belgium this weekend. Sartel was on the pace all weekend, topping practice and qualifying times and in the race was unstoppable, setting the fastest lap on his way to winning the event by 2 laps. Runner up at the event was Raphael Robert, the Belgian driver finishing in 2nd spot, 1 lap up on eventual 3rd place racer Stephane Deroch of France.
At this weekends RCX show in Pomona, California, Team Losi had their new fuel gun on display and RC Car Action go this shot and some information on it. The fuel gun features an extended tip, extra-large fill ports for more flow and multiple vent ports for high speed fills as well as an easy to hold ergonomic design.
Reigning World and European touring car champion, Andy Moore (new pictures to follow), has clinched the 2007 EFRA European 1/12th scale championships that were held this weekend in Sweden. The British driver, who was starting from pole position, won the first 2 rounds of Finals, despite a stop go penalty for jumping the start in the 2nd final which saw him go nearly a lap down, to ensure that he had the title wrapped up before the 3rd round of finals which he decided to sit out. German driver Marc Fisher, finished in 2nd place with a fine run taking the win in the 3rd final and a 2nd place to claim the runner up spot ahead of Swedish driver Alexander Hagberg who claimed a 2nd and a 3rd. Reigning British Champion Andy Griffiths ended up 4th, with 5th place going to German racer Markus Mobers who was followed home by Finnish driver Simo Ahoniemi in 6th.
Following on from last months column by Juraj Hudy, comes the second part of this great insight into the development of Xrays new gas touring car, the NT1. In this part Juraj talks us through the pre production and testing phase of the car as well as highlighting the problems and the solutions to some problems that arose in testing.
With the new geometry on the suspension arms, the geometry of the steering blocks and rear uprights had to be modified too, which again required modifications to the moulds. With the changed geometry the roll center positions on the rear roll center bridge also had to be modified so after testing several different roll center positions we came up with the optimal positions.