Powers International of Japan have released information about the soon to be available touring car rubber tire from Edge, called Cutting Edge. Designed to provide high levels of grip for long durations, this competition rubber have been race tested and has proved to be great over uneven track surfaces while the strong side walls provide your car with great stablility even when on the limit. Available in 28 and 32 compounds, it goes on sale in late July.
The weekend just gone, saw the 2007 running of the Singapore Invitational Challenge, held at the East Coast Park Raceway. The racing was divided into 2 classes with the vast majority of racers running 1/10th scale, however the 1/8th scale class had plenty of top drivers and in qualifying the fastest of those was Mugen driver Meen Vejrak, from Thailand, that took the TQ for this class, while the 1/10th TQ went to Kyosho racer Kelvin Yong. In the 1/8th scale final the pole man Meen ran into some problems that dropped him down the order, leaving Serpent racer Suruth to take the win by 7 laps from Mugen driver Nelson Lee in 2nd, while another Mugen, that of Tay Wui Kiat, was 3rd. Things were a bit closer in the 1/10th scale final, but again there was problems for the pole sitter, Kelvin Yong ending his race in 5th, while Kyosho race Philip Lee took the win by less than a lap from Meen Vejrak in 2nd and Charlee Phutiyotin in 3rd.
The 2nd round of the Slovenian Nationals for gas off road took place at the weekend in Ljubljana under very hot weather, with the temperature reaching over 33 degrees. Qualifying saw Mugen racer Nejc Drole take the pole position and in the race he lead from start to finish taking the win by 4 laps from round 1 winner Zdenko Gačar driving a Laro, while his team mate Izidor Tratnik came home in 3rd on the same lap. In the 1/6th scale category it was a win for round 1 winner Rok Bizjak from 2nd place Anže Černe with the 3rd place going to Jakopin Tilen, all top 3 drivers racing the HPI Baja. There will now be a break for the summer with the next round to be held in Maribor on the 30th of September.
Italian tire makers, GRP, have announced that they will release an additional range of wheels for truggy racers, to be sold alongside their current versions. The new wheels have a bigger Offset (1/2′), compared to the original versions that come with a standard offset, which ensures that all the different models of truggy currently present on the market are covered. Also announced is that both standard and bigger offset wheels are available in the original fluorescent yellow and now also in while, meaning there are now 4 different types of truggy wheel from GRP.
The first round of the German truggy Nationals was run last weekend in Oberahusen and it attracted a lot of the top stars from the German buggy scene who, it turned out, could easily adapt to the bigger cars. In qualifying it was Mugen racer Marcel Guske that took the TQ from Kyosho racer Daniel Reckward in 2nd, while in 3rd it was Dario Vita for Mugen. Whit the semi finals finished it was onto the final where there was a close battle between Guske and Reckward, which ended in a pitlane crash that badly damaged the car of Reckward, leaving him out of contention, while Guske suffered shock damage which he had to drive the rest of the race with. After the crash it was Vita that took over at the top and who went on to take the win from Guske in 2nd, while 3rd spot fell to Tobias Schellen, making a podium sweep for Mugen.
The 3rd round of the 1/10th 200mm Spanish Nationals was held last weekend at the Madrid track, host of this years European Championships. Qualifying saw Serpent SDD driver Oscar Cabezas take the pole position for the race but at the start of the final he was pushed out causing him to drop 2 laps to have his car repaired. Back on the track and Oscar could work his way back through the field up to 2nd spot just a lap behind eventual winner Josue Artiles, racing for Mugen, while Xray driver Iñaki Pahissa Lopez finished in 3rd.
Xray have a report from the recently held 3rd round of the Norwegian National Cup that was run on a track some 900m above sea level, in the beautiful mountain side in Valdres. Qualifying saw the Xray NT1 trio of Helge Johannessen, Georg Ellingsen and Frank Andersen claim the first 3 spots for the final, with Johannessen setting a new track record on his way to pole position. In the final the top 3 pulled away in their starting order with Johannessen leading until the 15 minute mark when he hit a stopped car, taking him out of the race. This left the fighting pair of Ellingsen and Andersen to battle it out for the lead with Andersen eventually taking the win followed by Ellingsen in 2nd with Anders Theodorsen in 3rd
The creativity never stops at Upgrade RC and today they have announced the release of some new skins to help customise your race gear even further. Newly available is a skin for the Exergen temp gun, lots of new pro wing skins and finally they have released a skin for the OFNA mini starter box. All skins are customisable with your sponsors logos and you choice of colours.