Xray are reporting on their site on the first round of the Danish off road nationals that took place last weekend at the NMRC track, 50 km south of Copenhagen. Qualifying saw Xray driver Peter Harder take the top qualifying spot ahead of team mate Claus Nielsen with Jan Drake Hansen in 3rd but in the race it was more difficult for Harder with his engine stopping on him, dropping him back to 3rd at the end of the race. The final was won by Thomas Mikkelsen followed home by Rune Gustavsen with TQ man Harder in 3rd.
Neo Buggy have the scoop on top US off road racer Travis Amezcua, who has left his current employers Team Losi, leaving behind him a strong record there. Travis has been on and off the gas off road scene, but his domination of qualifying at last year’s ROAR buggy nats, and performances since, prompted Novarossi to sign him to the US team, made up of Amezcua, Mike Truhe and Phillip Atondo – all Losi drivers. His new role at HPI/Hot Bodies will see him focus on the development of the companies 1/8th and 1/10th scale off road cars, and also assumes the role of US off road team manager.
According to a brief report from our partners Buggy Sport, the eagerly awaited RC8 buggy from Team Associated has been delayed further and now wont be available until August. Thats pretty sucky for all you people who were waiting on this car and although the delay was predicted by some, it sucks when its confirmed.
UPDATE: Phil, over at partners Neo Buggy, needs a new job as it appears he has too much time on his hands….
Last weekend saw the first round of the Russian Electric Buggy Off-Road Cup take place at the RC2 track in Moscow. The first outdoor buggy event of the year, the race took place under windy and cool conditions but it was dry and so the racing was very competitive. In the 2wd class (above) it was Dmitriy Malyshko that took the win, driving his Associated RC10B4 ahead of 2 more Assos, with Victor Spiridonov in 2nd and Alex Gorbunov in 3rd. In the 4wd class the win went to Tamiya TRF501X driver Evgeniy Fedulov with Losi XXX4 racer Nikita Groznov in 2nd place and Aleksandr Lebedev in 3rd position, driving a Yokomo MR4. The next round takes place on May 13th.
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So yesterday (Thursday) was day 4 from the 1/10th European Championships in Roeselare in Belgium and apart from yet another day of practice split into groups, it was also opening ceremony day. We have a few pictures from today and some results which seem to only show the final timed practice heat from today and so we cant get a good overview but if we are taking this final run as a proper test, it would see lady racer Sabrina Lechner for Mugen on top followed by Mirko Morgenstein racing for Serpent in 2nd with 3rd going to Kyosho racer Mark Kriesig. But if we were to look only at individual lap times from the information we can access it would put Erik Dankel from Germany on top with a 15.255 followed by Jerome Renaux (15.267), Alessio Mazzeo (15.294), Walti Beat (15.426) and Stephen Brown (15.433). Qualifying proper starts today (Friday) with 3 rounds, with the final round being run on Saturday morning and all are xpected to be run under sunny conditions.
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More interviews from the EC ‘B’ in Roeselare, Belgium, and although this pairing aren’t as attractive as our last pairing, they still make for an interesting interview. Young Italian Alessio Mazzeo has been tearing up the track since he arrived and of course we are all very much aware of what Italian racers can achieve on the track. The second interviewee is Belgian racer Nick Cuypers, a previous Belgian Champion, Nick finished 2nd at this track last weekend when the first round of the Belgian 200mm Nationals took place there.
Our print partners Radio Control Car Racer, or Racer magazine for short, have informed us that the latest issue of their quality RC Car magazine is now available in the shops. The June 07 UK issue contains the following detailed write ups:
– Race Debut – How the Xray team got on at the US Winternats.
– Team Associated RC18R – Go sideways with Associated’s new 1:18 rally car.
– Deerdale Hosts Inaugural Challenge – Brunsden and Helliwell share wins at GRP race.
– Xray NT18T – Off-road micro nitro from Xray in stadium truck format.
– Brushless Banter – LRP’s CEO on developing the Sphere speed controller.
– HPI Firestorm 10T – The Rush Evo replacement has arrived…
Ultimate Racing, the Spanish buggy optional parts maker, are briefly reporting on their site on the 4th round of the Northern Greek Off road Nationals, that were held last weekend. The race was won by Crono racer Laskaris Giannis followed by HoBao racer Harris Sarigiannis in 2nd with 3rd place going to Nikos Koulousios, racing a Kyosho.