As was expected Masami Hirosaka who dominated throughout practice and qualifying has won the 2006 Japanese EP Nationals Expert class held at the indoor facility at the Yatabe Arena. Masami, driving a Yokomo MR4-TC won 2 from the 3 finals to secure himself yet another major title. Second place went to Atsushi Hara, driving his Hot Bodies Cyclone, who finished with 2 second positions and a third to confirm his runner up spot with Shinnosuke Adachi, driving a Kyosho, finishing with a fifth, fourth and a third position to claim the final step on the podium.
Buggy-Sport again have some exclusive pre production shots, this time of the new SVM Crono RS03 Truggy. We don’t know anymore about this car other than what we see in these pics but we can assume its just your usual truggy upgrade from the original and successful RS03 buggy.
The Taiwanese racer Scott Yang, driving a GS CL-1, has won the recently held GS cup in Malaysia. The rain affected race meant that the main final was not run and results were based on semi final standings which gifted Yang the win with Ah M driving a Hong Nor in second and David Lim with a Kyosho in third.
Around 70 drivers who came from Malaysia, Taiwan, Australia and Singapore attended this great events. The weather was not stable due to the raining season. Some rounds were even finished in the mud and water…
You can read the full report and view more pictures here.
Mirage Racing are reporting on their site about the first round of the Baginton MAM Nitro series in which Dez Chand TQ’d and won ahead of Martyn Coley and Matt Brook in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Dez Chand, RRCi Editor, was giving the SS its first track test for the upcoming magazine review. The Hellfire SS was absolutely kit standard out of the box with the HPI K4.6 Engine and Dirt Bonz tyres. This package proved flawless on the Astroturf surface and provided amazing consistency by allowing Dez to be the fastest in the wet/damp/dry conditions.
Our partner site Buggy-Sport.info has a piece about the new ‘revolutionary’ engine break-in software developed by Paco Raap over at TWF8.ws. The contraption in the picture above is simply the run in bench mounted to the starter box with the propeller driven through a full corner of a buggy.
With this software you can test clutches and show the graphs and data of transsitions, starting point of connection and slippage. All data will be saved as Excel file and can be view and worked over in a later stage or directly. It uses same PHIDGET device as the BISS and an extra DATAQ 158 USB datalogger with some extra electronics. It measures rpm engine, rpm clutch and engine temperature.
You can read more about it as well as download a demo of the software here.
More RC Pro Series news, this time announcing that they will have some clothing from the series coming on stream soon. The clothing, including shirts, hoodies and hats, will be produced by Grand Concepts, who produced the clothing seen at the events to date. They also made the clothing seen at the recent Pro Finals in Illinois that features the logo above and for a limited time they will be availble if you wish to have one.
Check out the Pro Series site here for more details.
Carlton over at the RC Pro series dropped us a mail to give us a heads up about the new regulations for the Electric Off road classes for their Winter series. The new rulings declare that LiPo are essentially allowed for all classes but Stock, which is cool, and whilst in the Brushless Truck Class and 1/18 Open there are no limitations in MAH, in the Mod 4wd, Mod Truck and Mod Buggy there is a cap of 4300 MAH on the cells used.
After being outlawed by ROAR it’s good to see a major race series adapt a sensible non alarmist ruling and allow the opportunity for anyone who wants to run LiPo’s to be able to do so by running in modified class.
You can read the rule changes after the jump… content
Whilst the event doesnt officially start until Friday, as with all major events, practice goes on for days beforehand. Already clear at this years event is that it looks like a 2 horse race between RC titan Masami Hirosaka and pretender to his throne Atsushi Hara (what is up with his hair?). The event takes place at a narrowed Yatabe Arena which happens to be Masami’s home track, or as someone on RC Tech mention ‘his home’, so he should be pretty difficult to beat. Also at the event are World Champion Andy Moore and 2004 World champ Marc Rheinard amongst other top names.
We will inform you of the results as we get them but until then you can look at the event images here and a video of Hara in action here.