Xray have a report on their site from Soeren Boy Holst who writes about the 4th round of the Pilegaards Cup in Denmark. Soeren managed to claim the TQ spot in the modified class and then went on to win the race ahead of Michael Priest and Nikolaj Hviid who finished in 2nd and 3rd respectively
The first final was perfect. Michael was close in the beginning, but made some mistakes and so I made a gap. The car was still fine, but the tyres felt a little looser this time. Michaelâ€™s car broke down, and so did Nikolaj Hviid, so it was Kim Lindegaard who would take 2nd place with his T2â€™007, and his son Nicolai in third, also with a T2â€™007.
You can read the full report and get the top 3 from the other classes here.
This week sees the 2007 ROAR Carpet On-road Nats run at Josh Cyruls indoor track, the CEFX Raceway, in Toledo Ohio with the race catering for 1/10th sedan and 1/12th scale, with 3 categories for each scale. With the entry expected to be around 230+ entries, the racing will begin on Wednesday with open practice on the completely new track layout that you can see above. We will hope to bring you reports from the race at the end of each race day but in the meantime if you want more information, here are some useful links.
There is a bit of a storm brewing in France with regards the new EFRA rulings that allow the previous Outlaw crankshafts be used in EFRA legal motors. The row stems from a long standing FVRC (French Federation) regulation that states that EFRA rules will only be adopted 1 year after they are decided upon. The new engine regulations according to the FVRC do not fall under this year delay and are to be implemented immediately, so far all is fine. But it starts to get tricky when a certain French engine manufacturer objects to the new engine regulations being implemented this year and thus causing the new .12 Ninja motor, that has only just been released and only supplied with the current EFRA legal crankshaft to be illegal, therefore stopping the use of this engine completely in France. Of course the engines importer is fighting back and the battle is continuing on, and you can check out some info about it here and here (french).
Mike Wiseman has proven himself the man to beat in the first round of the South African Nationals held last weekend at the East London track. In the 200mm class Mike TQ’d the event with his Serpent 720 and then went on to win the final by 4 laps and then managed to repeat the feat in 1/8th scale, with his Serpent 960, TQ’ing and winning the final by 5 seconds. In the 235mm class Mike White with his Serpent 835 TQ’d and won the event.
We obtained this spyshot of the latest, as yet to be released, CRF exhaust pipe which has been developed for use with Team Orion Wasp CRF .12 engine and it is one of the first fruits of the partnership between Adrien Bertin and his new employer Team Orion. This exhaust is supposed to give, whats already a very quick engine even more punch, especially in the bottom end, and we were also told that this pipe was used by Adrien in combination with the Wasp CRF .12 at the Melzo track in Italy to hit a top speed of 107 kmh, while his previous fastest speed, with Sirio, was only 103kmh, which is quite a big difference. We hope to bring you more information when this exhaust is released in the near future.
LRP have announced some new additions to their 2007 Factory team that will run with their products in the coming season. All champions in varying classes, Martin Hudy is the first new addition, this years Snowbirds 19T rubber winner, Martin has been improving year on year and will be a good addition to the team. Other driver include Thomas Gunsel, who has been tearing up the tracks in the lower ranks, current French National Champion Cyril N’Diaye who recently signed to Xray as well as 1/12th scale specialist Alexander Stocker and 5th scale champ Markus Feldmann.
We have heard whisperings that former Japanese National Champion and World Championship Vice Champion Takaaki Shimo has left Sirio engines with immediate effect, although we have yet to receive confirmation of his new engine supplier. Shimo as we all know is a top Kyosho racer and very close to the factory and with this latest move further confirms a split between the Japanese car manufacturer and the Italian engine manufacturer, no matter how much Star Motor wants to deny it. Shimo joins fellow Kyosho racers Bertin, Collari, Cyrul who have all left Sirio with Collari choosing Novarossi and Cyrul and Bertin going for the Team Orion CRF engines to power their cars. We have talked a lot about this matter in the past and believe that there is definitely a shift within Kyosho to move away from Sirio but until we receive some official confirmation from either party we cant say for sure.
More stuff from German company, GM Racing, with the release of new models to their range of Genius brushed / brushless speed controllers, namely the 50, 85 & 100. This new range features new software specially designed for model cars and boats, but also suitable for model aircraft and the Genius 85 and 100 sport a splashproof case, though only when used sensorless and as is the norm, the controller can automatically detect cell type, cell amount and motor type as well. Something to note is that Marc Fisher used a Genius 95 controller to win last months Snowbirds in 1/12th scale, so the pedigree is undeniable. Also available to compliment the GM Genius is this 2 line LCD screen programmer that allows you change the settings of the controller without the need for computer, something similar to what we saw from Quark.
More details can be found here (speedo) and here (programmer).