Last weekend saw the ‘Alcobendas el 5Âº Open PSF’ run in Madrid in very wet conditions, on the track that will host next years European 1/10th scale ‘A’ Championships. The race itself was won in 1/8th scale by my good friend Carlos Peracho and in 1/10th scale by Diego Palaces, brave drivers considering the terrible conditions.
Xray have the news on their site that they have signed French National Champion Cyril N’Diaye to race their T2007 car for the 2007 season. Cyril won the French National title in 2004 and again this year and joins an already strong European team that includes Jilles Groskamp and newly signed former European Champion Teemu Leino. Cyril had this to say about the move:
XRAY clearly wants to become the leading constructor, not only in touring cars, but also in 1/8th off-road and other classes… just look at their results to date! All current and future products will surely prove they are number 1. I am very happy to join the team, and am sure this is the best way for me to progress.
Well the 2006 US Indoor Champs are history all the racers have left the Holiday Inn for another year. Paul LeMieux cleaned up in the touring car class taking the win in the Modified and 19-turn final. Barry Baker came from qualifying in 3rd position to take the win in the 1/12th Modified class whilst Josh Cyrul won the 1/12th scale 19-turn A main. You can view all the A-main results here:
We first saw the great looking Scalpel 1/18th scale electric pan car from Robitronic at the iHobby show in Chicago in October. I hadn’t seen one driving around a track before, until Robitronic posted a video on their site showing the car tearing around a test track in Austria equipped with a brushless 8000kV System and 4 cell GP1300 battery pack. Its pretty damn fast and to drive it, it appears you would need very good eyesight.
So qualifying for the US Indoor Champs in Cleveland is now over and all the finals have been sorted and there are a lot of them, 51 finals in total and 8 A-mains. Paul Lemieux is the stand out racer having TQ’d both the TC modified and the 19-turn with Mike Dumas qualifying 2nd in 3 classes, (consistent) 1/12th modified and TC modified and 19-turn. Racing takes place all Sunday so we will bring you the main final results when we get them.
Kenji Osaka has taken a comfortable win in the 2006 Japanese 1/8th off road Nationals held at the Extreme Club in Japan. Kenji, driving a Ninja powered Mugen, had qualified 4th after qualifying, but this former national Champion pulled it together when it counted to win the race by 16 seconds after 1 hours racing. Second place went to former World Champion Yuichi Kanai driving his Sirio powered Kyosho whilst team mate Atsuhi Kawamoto finished 3rd, a lap down on the leaders, and 11 seconds ahead of 2nd placed qualifier and eventual 4th place finisher Atsushi Hara.
This weekend sees the running of the previously postponed Japanese 1/8th scale off road Nationals. Held at the Extreme Club in the north of Japan near Aomori, the first running in October was postponed because of a typhoon and 36 hours of solid rain. So this weekend the event is being re-run and it was Kyosho racer Kazuya Tanaka that has taken top qualifying spot for tomorrows finals ahead of a surprising Atsushi Hara in second place driving for Hot Bodies. In third place is the winner of this years Kyosho Masters, and former World Champion, Yuichi Kanai driving for Kyosho and rounding out the top 4 is former 1/8th circuit World Champion Kenji Osaka for Mugen. Racing takes place tomorrow and we will bring you the final results when we get them.
Just a quick update after 2 completed rounds at the US Indoor Champs in Cleveland. Paul Lemieux is currently TQ for the 1/10th Modified class, having a close battle wit Mike Dumas for the top spot. Whilst in the 1/12th Masters class, its Mr. CRC himself, Frank Calandra just holding on to the top spot with Kelly Bean only 4 tenths behind after 8 minutes. Jeff Dayger and Andrew Ellis easily head up the 1/12th 19Turn and 1/12th Stock classes respectively. More action today and we will bring you the final qualifying spots when we get them.