There seems to be no stopping Juho Levanen in the Fintrack series as the championship went outdoors last weekend for the 5th round, run in Hyvinkää in the south of Finland. This was the first race in the series were it was run to the new EFRA rules, with 5 cells and the new lower weight, and last months LRP Masters winner, Juho Levanen driving his Team Associated TC5 could take the TQ and the win, after a tie on points with Teemu Leino was decided by fastest run, Teemu came home in 2nd for Xray while 3rd place went to Corally racer Simo Ahoniemi.
When we exclusively broke the news about the partnership between CRF and Kyosho, we mentioned that the official announcement would be made at the Shizuoka Hobby show, which begins tomorrow in Japan. We can inform you that this announcement should happen tomorrow, the first day of the show, and according to our sources we should expect an even bigger announcement coming from the Japanese company over the course of this weekends show. We have been told that this news is MAJOR and having heard certain fragments of this news, if they are true, we can tell you that this is indeed HUGE news.
We hope to bring you the official Kyosho / CRF announcement from the show and we will let you know when we hear more about the 2nd announcement, so stay tuned.
Xray have a report from the 1st round of the Swiss Electric Touring car nationals that was held 2 weekends ago in bad weather conditions. Saturdays practice was rained off and Sundays qualifying rounds took place on a wet, then dry, track and after 4 rounds it was Bastien De Marco that took the pole spot ahead of Mario Rigert in 2nd place. In the dry finals it was Xray racer Mario Rigert that could take the win in front of his team mates Sacha Lnenicka and Daniel Fankhauser in 2nd and 3rd repectively.
Pro Line have announced the release of some new products for the month of May with the introduction of their black theme. Their popular high downforce wing that they released a while back is now available in black while their dished Velocity wheels now also come in shiny black for both buggy and truggy. Pro Line have also added to their pre mounted series, with the addition of their popular Hole Shot tire and finally they have announced that their Bow Tie tire will become available in the harder XTR compound.
Yet more racing from France, this time its the running of the 3rd round of the French electric buggy Nationals which took place last weekend, organized by the MRCI club near Paris. 114 racers were entered into the event, which took place on a grass track and in qualifying it was Antoine Rosetti driving the X Factory X-5 that took the top spot in 4wd, while in 2wd it was Olivier De Montfumat that top the times driving his Associated B4.
The 4wd main finals saw a clear win for Losi XXX4 driver, and round 2 2wd winner, Carl Maignien (represented by the shovel in the photo above) who achieved a perfect score and took the win from pole man Rossetti, who finished 2nd, while 3rd place went to TTech X10 racer, and winner of round 1, Lionel Labbez. In the 2wd class it was a closer battle with round 2 runner up, Alexander Valente, taking the win with his X Factory X-6, finishing on the same points as 2nd placed pole man Olivier De Montfumat, with the 3rd spot going to Thomas Vogel with his XXX BK2.
We showed you the results from the 3rd round of the 1/8th scale French Nationals that took place last weekend, well now its the turn of the 1/10th 200mm racers who were also in action at the weekend, this time at the Angouleme track in the west of the country. In qualifying for the Open class it was Mugen racer Renaud Monin that took the top spot ahead of B-A Arnaldi in 2nd and Sebastien Wartelle in 3rd. In the final it was a close battle from the start between the top qualifiers with Wartelle dropping out with problems just after half way followed by pole man Monin with transmission problems, leaving Kyosho racer B-A Arnaldi to take the win ahead of 2nd placed, Serpent racer, Michael Derderian with Nicolas Bougnoteau, driving for Xray, close behind in 3rd.
In the National class it was Mugen racer Frederic Blanchard that took the win in a close battle with 2nd placed Joffrey Defie, driving a Kyosho, while 3rd position went to Thomas Guillon with another Kyosho.
We have shown you the work done by Masaaki Hirosaka on the Kyosho Stallion before in which he has completely modified it to the point that it is hardly recognisable. Today on his site he has announced that his version of the car will be shown at this weeks Shizuoka Hobby show, and judging by the very neat and final looking car in the picture above we presume it is getting ready to be sold. Also mentioned on his site is the fact that he will be selling, to order, pre built versions of the standard Kyosho Stallion TF-5, so if you ever wanted your car built by a World Champions mechanic, now is your chance.
Team Br00d have announced that they have signed up top US racer Mike Blackstock to run its motors and batteries. Debuting with his new sponsors at next weeks Reedy Race in California, Mike leaves behind a long and successful spell at Trinity to join the team that has already snapped up top racers like Ralph Burch and Chris Tosolini. Mike only recently signed to Corally after a spell with Xray.
In our never ending quest for domination, Team br00d has signed Mike Blackstock to run Team br00d Racing motors and batteries…..Mike will be making his debut with our products at the 2007 Reedy Race of Champions.