As you know Keisuke Fukuda, driving a Ninja powered Mugen, won the recent 1/8th scale Japanese Nationals held at the Hokusei circuit in Japan. We’ve all seen the pictures, the results and reports, now watch the videos.
Those of you who have been following Red RC will notice a distinct lack of fifth scale cars on this site. Now its not that i think only lesser skilled humans race them or something, because we know a certain Mr. Collari is a big fan, but i just never understood the attraction, the sound is all wrong and the speed isn’t all that. So today, as it is a sloooow news day, i am posting images of the Contrast Neo Mark 2, the latest and greatest in lawn mower fifth scale racing technology.
Jokes aside, this thing does looks pretty sweet and sports some nice looking features from the Spanish company Contrast, so if your into the bigger things in life, check out the full picture set here.
This weekend sees the 27th running of one of the RC worlds most famous and long running races, the US Indoor Champs. Held in Cleveland every Thanksgiving weekend, this years event sees over 500 racers literally take over the Holiday Inn in Independance, Ohio for a hectic weekend of racing. As in previous years, this 2006 event has attracted the whos who of US electric racing as well as some internationals stars too (view heat listing here). Red RC will post end of day summaries throughout the weekend, but if you want to follow it lap by lap you can check out LiveRC.com (click Cleveland US indoor championships) when the event begins.
You can also view the event webcam here and up to date images here and hopefully here.
Simon Reeves, driving a Team Losi XXX4 buggy, has totally dominated round 1 of the Stotfold Winter Series, held last weekend. Having TQ’d the event Simon went on to win all 3 of his finals to take the round win and the lead in the championship.
Qualifying was dominated by Simon Reeves with his Peak powered XX4. Taking all 5 rounds of qualifying In an impressive fashion Simon was the only driver to make 13 laps. Second on the grid was Alec Springer who had been pushed all-day by the chasing pack of James Evans and Richard Ralph.
LRP are reporting on their site on the success of their products in Russia and particularly the 2006 Russian Outdoor Championships that was won by 3 time National Champion Ivan Laptev. Ivan, using with a brushless LRP motor, has captured his third consecutive outdoor title on the back of having just taken the Indoor National title as well.
As in most other world-wide countries the racers in Russia are free to choose between a brushless or brushed power source. For sure, Ivan trusted in the LRP Brushless Technology and did not give any chance to his opponents. In a total domination, Ivan won all qualification runs, all three A-mains and also set the fastest lap time!
OK, i know this race took place over 3 weeks ago but it was an important race and the event report only just showed up on the Novarossi website. The Trofeo Novarossi is an annual event and a celebration of all things Novarossi and even all the factory staff are bused to the event to join in on the festivities. This year it took place at the Gubbio track in Italy and as it turned out Novarossi’s returning prodigal son Lamberto Collari won the event ahead of Euro B champion Andrea Cristiani and Worlds finalist Walter Salemi in third position.
You can view all the results and more pictures from the event here.