The 3rd round of the French 1/8th scale buggy Nationals took place this weekend at the Reims circuit in the North of France. The event was dominated by Yannick Aigoin, the current European Champion set the fastest time in qualifying driving his RB powered Xray while the Mugen pairing of Guilliame Vray and Renaud Savoya were 2nd and 3rd fastest respectively. After the semis it was in fact Savoya that had claimed the number 1 starting spot ahead of Yannick in 2nd, with Crono racer and round 2 winner Jerome Sartel starting from 3rd. The race itself was a close run thing with Yannick Aigoin finally claiming the win, a few seconds up on 2nd placed Sartel, while French EFRA GP winner Jerome Aigoin ended the event in 3rd for Kyosho.
The 2007 FEMCA Championships are over and 2 new champions have been crowned at the JITC in Jakarta, Indonesia. In the 1/10th scale class it was Serpent 720 racer Teddy Syatch that came out on top with a 4 lap advantage over Singapore Kyosho racer Philip Lee, while Xray NT1 racer Sadikan came home in 3rd. Pole position sitter, Japanese racer Ken Furukawa, racing for Kyosho, had a difficult race and came home in 5th.
In the 1/8th scale main final, there was drama at the end of the 45 minute final when Serpent 960 racer Suruth V. took the win by 1 lap only to be disqualified for being 10 grams underweight, a bitter blow for the Thai driver. This handed the win to Japanese Mugen racer Yuruki Kazuya who took the win by 1 lap ahead of 1/10th class winner, and local Serpent racer, Teddy Syatch in 2nd while another Japanese racer Yokoyama Masaki, with another Serpent 960 came home in 3rd.
ABC Hobby, of Japan, have announced the upcoming release of this new mini 1/10th scale chassis, the strangely named Genetic Naked S. The car which is only 163mm wide is very narrow compared to a competition touring car but can accomodate mini type body shells. Featuring 4wd through a central shaft the car has a twin deck chassis and sports front and rear ball diffs as well as a neat lexan spur gear cover. Available in June.
Last week we showed you the new D21T MKII buggy motor from STS Racing and it seems that now you can get a RBMods version which, aside from some hand tuning work to the liner, features some hardening and rust proofing work done to the crankshaft.
A reverse osmosis procedure bringing you the best of all the other mods out on the market, Yes sir we have come full circle with this one folks. Just take a look at the picture attached Notice how some engines loose power and start acting up after some of the nasty fuels we use? It is the crank rusting up and sending rust particles through your engine, Of coarse you know this would have a adverse affect we all do not want. Dr. Rick has come up with the cure and better yet without raising the prices.
Jernej Vuga is the EFRA European Champion for 1:8 IC Track B 2007. The Slovenian driver lived up to pre-event predictions and won the rain effected Main Final by a 3 lap margin having TQ’d for the event at his home track of Tolmin. Italy’s Giuseppe D’Angelo made it a 1-2 result for Mugen while Germany’s Andreas Hammerl completed the podium with his Kyosho.
The EC ‘B’ has been hit by a major thunder storm. After a rain free day yesterday (Saturday) competitors in the 1/32 finals had to contend with a damp track from over night rain but in the 1/16 B final the heavens opened up over Tolmin as a thunderstorm hit the area. Heavy rain continues to fall but racing is continuing as scheduled, however there are some concerns about lightning in the area. Serpent driver Philip Eberle (above) was the only one of the four direct qualifiers for the EC ‘B’ Main Final to brave the terrible conditions and take to the soaking wet Tolmin track. The German, who will start second on the grid, had his car in full wet settings in preparation for a what is set to be a very wet and difficult 45 minute Main Final.
Another report from Xray, this time its from last weekends Swedish Nitro Series and Swedish Cup, both events run on the same weekend at the high-speed track in Ã–rebro. Once again rain played a role in the outcome of the event with a short downpour before the main SNS final causing drivers to change setups and adjust strategies. At the beginning of the final there was some initial chaos but after a couple of laps it settled down and Xray driver Niklas Hakansson pulled away to a clear victory with 4 laps in front of 2nd placed Serpent driver Christoffer Hallborg with another Xray of Brandt Mikael in 3rd.
Read the full race report including that from the Swedish Cup race here.
Former European 1:10 Touring Car Champion, Jonas Kaerup, has made the change to GM racing. The Danish driver will be using the GM Genius Brushless speedo’s, GM’s EVO 3 brushless motors along with GM’s VISCommander battery management system. Furthermore his cars will sport Graupner’s receiver and servo’s.
Jonas comments on the change: ” I felt that the time for a change was right, now that Touring Car is entering a new era of brushless motors and 5 cells. I have signed a 2 year deal with GM/Graupner, and I am already impressed by how professionel they are. In my mind GM has one of the very best electronic speedcontrol systems in the world, as my German Corally Teammate Marc Fischer, has already shown on more occasions. I look really forward to racing for GM “.