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HRC Racing Jeep LED roof light bars

Sep 21 2017

Coming from HRC Racing are three different LED roof light bars with Jeep-branded covers. Available in 4, 5 or 6-light variants the light bars come pre-wired with JR plugs, the angle of the bars is adjustable, metal braces make for a sturdy construction and the they are usable on most 1/10th truck body shells.

Source: HRC Distribution [hrcdistribution.com]

Axon moulded touring car tyre inserts

Sep 21 2017

Axon have introduced two new moulded inserts for touring car tyres. Available in soft/yellow and medium/black hardness the inserts will improve overall traction and side bite, while being very durable at the same time. The inserts fit most of today’s touring car tyres and will hit stores in October.

Source: Axon [team-axon.com]

Team Powers TP-DS1305 low-profile digital servo

Sep 21 2017

Team Powers have introduced their TP-DS1305 low-profile digital servo. Featuring a coreless motor it pulls up to 15kg-cm of torque at a speed of down to 0.05s and thanks to its lightweight construction with titanium metal gears it weighs in at only 42g. The high-voltage compatible servo comes with a black receiver wire for a factory look, a machined middle heatsink section for lower operation temperatures and it will become available very soon.

Specifications:
– Direct drive gear system for better efficiency
– Operating voltage range: 4.8V-8.4V
– Geartrain: Titanium metal gear
– Weight: ~42g
– Dimensions: 41×26.5x20mm
– Stall torque: 10kg-cm @6V, 13kg-cm @7.4V, 15kg-cm @8.4V
– Speed: 0.065 sec/60° @6V, 0.055 sec/60° @7.4V, 0.05 sec/60° @8.4V

Source: Team Powers [team-powers.com]

Hiro Seiko small steering wheel foam ring

Sep 21 2017

Coming from Hiro Seiko is a new small diameter steering wheel foam ring. With an outer diameter of 45mm it is 1mm smaller than the previous one for quicker steering reactions. Made from a smooth, non-slip foam the ring fits all transmitters that require 38mm inner diameter and 20mm wide foams.

Source: Hiro Seiko [hiro-seiko.com]

MIP TRX-4 HD Driveline kit & wide track kit

Sep 21 2017

MIP have introduced two new option parts for the Traxxas TRX-4 Defender truck in the form of the HD Driveline and the wide track kit. Starting with the driveshafts, the new Scale-ish MIP HD Driveline features scale looks and a light-weight construction, compared to MIP’S X-Duty Drives, as they are nearly 30 percent lighter and 25 percent slimmer. The shafts feature spline technology, CVD makeup, and additionally has an impressive 35 degree of articulation. It also features phased aligned joints that key the male and female splines for smooth power transfer under load with no binding or vibration. All components are heat treated from the highest quality American grade alloy steels. The set includes the front and rear centre driveshafts and it comes including mounting hardware.

Also new is the Wide Track Kit with 4mm offset for the TRX-4 Defender. With the use of 7075-T6 machined aluminium spacers and heavy duty alloy steel axles the MIP Wide Track Kit will effectively widen the TRX-4 Defender vehicle by 8mm overall for a widened stance and improved stability in difficult terrain. The set includes four wheel axles and four aluminium spacers.

Source: MIP [miponline.com]

Rick Vessell joins Wallace Motorsports

Sep 21 2017

Wallace Motorsports have announced the addition of Rick Vessell to their growing team. Rick will be using WRC products for his racing through out 2018, starting with the STX and F-One lines. With his many years of experience within the RC business and racing industry Rick is set to show the potential of the WRC products and help provide trackside support for WRC customers through out the US.

Source: Wallace Motorsports [wallacemotorsports.net]

SIS Challenge Rd2 – Report

Sep 21 2017

The second round of the SIS Challenge was held at Sunter International Speedway, Jakarta. Clear and hot weather pleased the racers all day and to the warm temperatures added low traction due to a dusty track which lead to tyre overheating for some drivers. The qualifying saw three drivers on top of the timing sheets. Q1 belonged to Muhammad Izzah and Q2 was lead by Bowie Ginting while Teddy Syach made it to the top in Q3. As all three were tie on points it was Bowie with the pole position due to a faster time with Syach and Izzah coming in 2nd and 3rd.

The main finals offered similar close racing. While Izzah took the win in A1, Bowie would wrap up the second A-main as Syach made a double 2nd place finish in both legs. This left the race for the win wide open in A3 and after a close battle till the end it was Syach with the win and also the overall victory from Izzah and Bowie.

Final results:
1. Teddy Syach – Tamiya/Hobbywing
2. Muhammad Izzah – Xray/Hobbywing
3. Bowie Ginting – Serpent/Hobbywing
4. Suwardi Suliandy – Xray/ORCA
5. Arya Seta – Serpent/Hobbywing
6. Peter Anthonijsz – VBC Racing/Hobbywing
7. Denny Pangestu – Xray/ORCA
8. Chandra Yose – Tamiya/LRP
9. Nico Gani – Xray/Hobbywing
10.Handoko Wijaksono – Tamiya/ORCA

Thanks to Bowie Ginting for the report.

SWorkz S35-T Pro nitro truggy kit

Sep 21 2017

Following a couple of teaser SWorkz have now officially introduced the S35-T 1/8th nitro truggy kit. Based off of the S35-3 nitro buggy the truck kit comes with a range of option parts already included in the kit with the truck featuring a newly designed Ackermann steering system and a quick-tune front shock tower for swift and easy shock angle changes. Also included is the lightweight plastic BBD differential system for improved acceleration while the new radio tray system makes for a more precise throttle and brake response.

The lightweight transmission system features an optimised gear ratio for better low speed torque and the L.F.C. Lower Friction Coefficient chassis allows the driver to install 15g to 75g balance weights to optimise the truck’s weight bias according to the track conditions. Also part of the package are a refined shock system, an optimised suspension geometry and suspension arms made from a strong nylon material. The kit will hit the stores very soon.

Features:
– S35-T series nitro truggy T-7075 aluminium lightened main chassis with L.F.C system (Lower Friction Coefficient)
– S35 series front and rear Pro Shock Towers made of lightened T-7075 aluminium for longer BBS shocks system
– S35 series BBS emulsion shock caps
– S35-3 lightened transmission gear box system with high performance crown gears and pinion gears.
– Front and rear universal drive shafts
– S35-3 Series aluminium rear lower fully adjustable toe-in block (A)
– S35-3 Series competition aluminium steering knuckle plates
– S35 Series P-BBD (Plastic Big Bore Diff)
– Double protection bumper design
– Heavy duty front and rear arms
– Professional 2.0 metal brake callipers
– New 150cc floating fuel filter system tank
– Adjustable front upper and lower suspension arm system
– Speed Rhinoceros 2.0 body shell included

Source: MW RC Cars [mwrccars.at]

TORC Turkish On-road Nationals Rd5 – Report

Sep 20 2017

The fifth and final round of the TORC Turkish On-road Nationals was held at the Bumod Bursa track recently. In the Nitro Touring class it was Mustafa Alp with the TQ and the best chances for the overall title as Alain Sarafyan, another title contender, only qualified in 10th after engine issues. The 45-minute main final was held in rather hot ambient temperatures which led to less power from the engines and also lower traction. TQ Alp was hardly able to hold Halit and Kagan behind and he struggled a lot in the opening stages but once the tyres were getting smaller Mustafa was getting more comfortable with the car, slowly extending his lead.

Later Halit had a mistake and flame out which cost him more than two laps, and Kagan had a stop & go penalty due to bad refuelling, which also cost him some time. In the mean while Alain was pulling consistent lap times and moved up to 3rd place. Nearly everyone changed tires at about the 25-minute mark, and even though Alp had a flame out, he rejoined the race holding the lead. From there he would cruise to the win, taking the national title in the process. Kagan Aydın finished 2nd and Alain finished 3rd while Halit missed the podium by only 0.5 seconds after the 45 minutes of racing.

1/10th 200mm final results:
1. Mustafa Alp – Xray
2. Kağan Aydın – Xray
3. Alain Sarafyan – Xray
4. Halit Körpe – Xray
5. Serdar Sakallıoğlu – Xray
6. Sertaç Palaz – Mugen
7. Mert Ekinci – Xray
8. Utku Kızıldağ – Xray
9. Cengiz Sönmezler – Xray
10.Poyraz Serezlioğlu – Xray

In the Touring Stock class the opening A-main was a little tough for TQ holder Mustafa Alp as Murat Yazıcı was on fresher tires and immediately put pressure on Mustafa. In the second lap both had an incident but Murat suffered more, dropping back down the field, while Alp could able to hold on to the 2nd spot. After a lap, Mustafa passed then-leader Poyraz and continued to keep his lead. Later Poyraz and Murat made contact which allowed even more room for Mustafa who would bring home the win in A1 from a recovered Murat in 2nd. A2 went which a lot less drama as Alp took a tone-to-tone win that also secured him the overall championship title. Ahmet Kasap finished 2nd with Onur Karaçuhalılar coming in 3rd.

Touring Stock final results:
1. Mustafa Alp – Xray
2. Murat Yazıcı – Xray
3. Onur Karacuhalılar – Xray
4. Poyraz Serezlioğlu – Xray
5. Emirhan Savaş – Xray
6. Murat Çağış – Xray
7. Yasin Yenidünya – Xray
8. Sertaç Yalım – Xray
9. Berk Öğretmen – Xray
10.Sefer Kürşad Alalma – Xray

Elsewhere in the Touring Modified class it was Kayhan Ketenci with the win from Cem Nizamoğulları and Gökay Nizamoğulları.

Touring Modified final results:
1. Kayhan Ketenci – Xray
2. Cem Nizamoğulları – Xray
3. Gökay Aktan – 3Racing
4. Sertaç Yalım – Xray
5. Anıl Gonca – Xray
6. Hamza Güngör – Xray
7. Erhan Yılmaz – Yokomo
8. Hakan Taşyaka – Xray
9. Sercen Ahmet Koksu – Xray
10.Alain Sarafyan – Xray

Source: Xray [teamxray.com]

Williamson & Boyle take UK Short Course National titles

Sep 20 2017

The UK Short Course Nationals recently concluded with Lewis Williamson and Darren Boyle being crowned the 2017 champions. In 4WD, last season’s champion Lewis Williamson (TLR) was in unstoppable form all season long once taking podium finishes at every round and winning with a perfect 1000 point score and securing the outright series title to become National Champion for the second year in a row. Last year’s runner-up and team mate Darren Boyle (TLR) was 2nd again with Justin Kirk (Tekno) rounding out the podium result.

4WD Short Course final results:
1. Lewis Williamson – TLR/Tekin/Tekin/Vampire Racing
2. Darren Boyle – TLR/Tekin/Corally/Vampire Racing
3. Justin Kirk – Tekno/Maclan/Tekin/Turnigy
4. Jonathan Szymanski – TLR/Tekin/Corally/Corally
5. Kev Jones – Tekno/Hobbywing/Tekin/Gens Ace
6. Oliver Szymanski – TLR/Tekin/Corally/Corally
7. Gareth Cutting – TLR/Hobbywing/Tekin/Turnigy
8. Karl Bradish – Tekno/Hobbywing/Tekin/Turnigy
9. Ben Le Mesurier – Tekno/Tekin/Corally/Turnigy
10.Liam Bone – Tekno/Tekin/Tekin/Turnigy

In 2WD, Darren Boyle (TLR) was the only driver to win at more than one round, taking three wins out of seven in the series and securing the outright series title to become National Champion 2017. Last year’s runner-up and team mate Richard Miller (PR Racing) was 2nd again from Paul Timberlake (PR Racing) in 3rd.

2WD Short Course final results:
1. Darren Boyle – TLR/Corally/Corally/Vampire Racing
2. Richard Miller – PR Racing/Corally/Corally/Corally
3. Paul Timberlake – PR Racing/Maclan/Maclan/Absima
4. Paul Gill – TLR/Turnigy/Hobbywing/Turnigy
5. Jonathan Murphy – TLR/LRP/Hobbywing/Turnigy
6. Daniel Gardiner – PR Racing/Maclan/Maclan/Absima
7. Kev Jones – Team Associated/Team Orion/LRP/Centro
8. Darrell Wheeler – PR Racing/Turnigy/Nosram/Turnigy
9. Mark Ashforth – Team Associated/Turnigy/Nosram/Turnigy
10.Simon Gaunt – PR Racing/Speed Passion/Hobbywing/Turnigy

Source: X-Factory UK [xfactoryrc.co.uk]

2017 IFMAR 1/8th Worlds Winning Car

Sep 16 2017

Dario Balestri

Creation Model Infinity – Max Power RP9.S – Runner Time Fuel – Protoform R19 body – Sanwa transmitter – Savox Servo

Balestri finally gets deserved World title

Sep 16 2017

Dario Balestri is finally a World Champion. One of nitro racing’s unquestionably fastest & most talented drivers, the Italian delivered a long overdue victory at the 21st running of the 1:8 Onroad World Championships in Monteux, France. Top Qualifier for the 1-hour main, the Infinity driver would waste that opportunity with a very bad start from pole that saw him swallowed up by the pack and off onto the grass. Rejoining a distant last, while new team-mate Naoto Matsukura led from the defending champion Simon Kurzbuch, Balestri set about his recovery eventually going to the front when Matsukura, who he had in his sights, hit trouble. With Matsukura’s championship debut ending with a P8 DNF, it was Kurzbuch who would finish runner-up, 5-seconds back after an hour of intense racing. While not the result the Shepherd driver was after it does complete an impressive run of three consecutive 1:8 World Championship podium finishes. Claiming the final step on the podium would be Shoki Takahata, the Mugen driver having a good recovery after an incident with 2015 runner-up Takaaki Shimo cost him a lot of time due to a tucked body.

With the enormity of his win leaving Balestri somewhat lost for words to describing the feeling, he said, ’I made a shit start. My fault. I waited too long on the start I was in the middle of the pack and had a big crash which ended in the grass. Then my tyres were dirty but when they got clean the car was unbelievable and I could come back’. A driver who has so many times come close to the World title but come short in terms of his luck, he added, ‘this was the best car I have ever driven in a final and the engine too’ – his fastest lap over 2/10th quicker than that of Kurzbuch. Making two tyre stops, describing them both as ’super fast’, he agreed the win was a monkey off his back and lifted the pressure of finally achieving his life’s goal might make him enjoy racing even more. ‘I have to thank Kenji San my boss for giving me the opportunity to change my life. He has created a fun and passionate team and for sure it is a nice atmosphere to work in. There is no pressure.’ He continued, ‘This result is for all the team, they worked a lot for the brand. Nikiado San has done an amazing job with creating this car’. Balestri was also indebted to his engine builder Massimo Fantini, a former Worlds Top Qualifier who never quite managed the title. ‘I have no words to describe the engine. Fantini deserves this for all the work & time he has put into the sport’. Having waited so long to get the official status of being the World’s No.1 driver, Balestri was making sure he thanked everyone who made it possible. ‘My mechanic Antonio (Castellani) put all of himself in the race. He was perfect and of course so was my second mechanic Massimo (Mannucci).’

Kurzbuch said, ‘I am a little disappointed at the end. We go into a race with the crew to win it but this time we couldn’t do it.’ He continued, ‘I can’t say we made big mistakes but we lost a few seconds here and there. Still 3 World Championships in a row on the podium and last year’s 1:10 podium in Gubbio is good for a hobby driver’. Being more specific about his final, he said, ‘the start was good as I could overtake Dario so it was just me an Naoto.  Apart from two times on the grass I drove a clean final but it wasn’t enough in the end. My pit crew did an amazing job. It was hard work under the French sun for 1-hour’. As the reigning Euro Nitro Series champion he concluded, ‘we will take a few days off and then prepare for Fiorano because the ENS title is still open and we want to make sure we bring that one home’.

Summing up his first World’s final, Takahata said, ‘I’m very happy to be on the podium but I think we could have got more’.  Unfortunately his challenge for a better result, was severely hampered when he was hit by Shimo.  With the supplied marshals originally instructed to not touch the cars other than place them back on track, the body tuck was very costly.  Original planning two tyre stops for the race, the 23-year-old’s crew would change it and drop the second tyre change to try to recover some of the lost time, his MRX6 not having any issues going the unscheduled extra distance on the tyres.

Having left no doubts in the minds of nitro racing’s best drivers that he is a new force to be reckoned with, Matsukura was understandably down beat after his impressive performance was brought to an end by a flat receiver battery.  The reigning multiple 1:12 World Champion, only made his competitive 1:8 debut at the opening round of the ENS this year but took control of the race putting a lap on the entire field at the half way mark.  A clean race to that point for the ‘full punch’ driving style Japanese ace, he would get his entry from the pit lane wrong and make contact with the barrier which would require an extra pit stop next time round to fix the body.  He would have a second mistake also after leaving the pitlane as his car ‘had no steering’ and he ended up on the grass this time it costing him the lead.  In the end however it was all going to be in vein as his battery died, him saying afterwards, ‘I don’t know why because I changed it before the race’. He continued, ‘My car was super good and my own pace was good I had no mistakes only the one after the pits but still I was on top.  I will come back and next time I’ll get the win’.

Finishing fourth, last year’s 1:10 podium finisher Alessio Mazzeo described it as ‘a very hard race’.  The Xray driver continued, ‘I made a big mistake the first lap and lost too much time and then I pushed too hard to make back the time. 4th is the correct place for my performance. Dario and Naoto were too fast for me and congrats to Dario, I know the passion he has for this’.  The first 1:8 Worlds the 200mm specialist has contested he continued, ‘This is my first 1:8 Worlds and I never imagined at the start of the week I could make the final so for that I am very happy with the result’.

Making it five different manufacturers in the Top 5, ARC’s Silvio Hachler said, ‘I am pretty happy with 5th.  One week ago I would for sure have taken this but I really wanted 3rd place’. The Swiss driver continued, ‘I’m happy with the car and engine but had one small mistake myself when I came into the pits too early and my crew was not ready’.  His second time to make a Worlds final, bettering his P6 in Japan in 2013, he concluded, ‘the field was super competitive so to finish top half I’m really happy’.

View complete event results here.

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Kurzbuch set to defend title after Semi win

Sep 16 2017

Simon Kurzbuch is set to defend his World title this evening in France, the Shepherd driver winning his Semi Final to progress to the 1-hour final that will decide the winner of the 21st running of 1:8 Onroad World Championships.  Starting from pole in the second of the Semi encounters have lost out on the TQ to Dario Balestri and the Super Pole to Naoto Matsukura, Kurzbuch would win the 30-minute encounter from Jilles Groskamp and Silvio Hachler with the fastest race time to secure 3rd on the grid.  Winner of the first Semi ahead of fellow Japanese driver Shoki Takahata, Takaaki Shimo will line up third ahead with Takahata completing the top half of the grid ahead of Groskamp, Hachler, Alberto Picco, Alessio Mazzeo and Lars Hoppe.  Coming into the event as one of the pre-event favourites along Kurzbuch and Balestri, there was cruel luck for Bruno Coelho.  Starting from pole the Xray driver was in clear control of the race until he suffered a suspected partial engine seize at the end of the straight. While the engine fired back up in the pits he title hopes were done.  Also suffering similar faith was former World Champion Adrien Bertin.  With the large French crowd fully behind the HB driver, cheering loudly his every pass, he worked his way to the front leading for a time but with 8-minutes to go his engine stopped.  A heartbreaking end to what was to be the veteran racers retirement from competitive racing.

‘We won our Semi so we achieved our goal’, was Kurzbuch reaction to his win but he wasn’t so happy.  The Swiss driver continued, ‘I think we need to improve for the final especially also my driving.  I need to risk more’.  While pleased with his car, the factory Novarossi driver said they must also look at the engine.  He said, ‘One stint really tight.  We did have good fuel time so maybe it was the temperature. We need to check this for the final’.

Finishing just 2/10th behind Kurzbuch 2-years ago in Brazil, Shimo summed up his Semi win by saying, ‘It was unlucky in qualifying but today is OK’.  Coming through from the earlier 1/4 Final and starting the Semi 9th, he added, ‘we had work after qualifying but today we jump and jump again’.  Looking to the final, the Infinity driver, who has made the Final since 2011 and finished 2nd twice, added, ‘My car & engine are good so my plan for the final is to enjoy it and have fun’.

Starting 3rd on the grid, Takahata would have an impressive recovery from a bad start which saw the Mugen driver in the grass before the first corner and needing to be marshalled.  From last however he would quickly get back to the front to claim his first 1:8 Worlds Final start.  Making an outside only tyre change during the race, the 23-year-old saying tyre wear is higher today, he said 2 stops for all four tyres could be a option for the final but he is confident he has the car to put in a good race.  While the Semi B would see two Japanese drivers progress it would be the end for 2013 Champion Tadahiko Sahashi, the Serpent driver having the disadvantage of having to make one extra fuel stop compared to his rivals.

In an exciting battle for the final guaranteed bump up spot, the final two spots decided by quickest race times, Mazzeo would come out on top.  With Coelho’s demise, the Italian will carry Xray’s hopes in the final.  Dedicating his making of the final to his friend Giuseppe Catanzaro who passed away recently, he said, ‘Like always it came down to the last lap. The conditions were very hard with the wind and my engine was too lean so when I gave full throttle it lost power.  The car was also very loose in the rear but I grit my teeth and we did it’.  Set-up to run a different set-up for the final he concluded, ‘I have to thank Massimo (Fantini) for this and also Daniele (Ielasi) because he changed the strategy during the race and that got me through’.

‘I could not hear any commentary so I had no idea of the running order’, was Groskamp’s reaction.  He added, ‘I just drove my own race but I didn’t know if I was racing for position or if a driver was a back marker but in the end I made it and my car was super good’.  A finalist in 2013, Groskamp is one of 5 Infinity’s to make the final, with Alberto Picco bumping up from the 1/4 finals.  Unfortunately for team-mate Jesse Davis, while he looked to recover from a slow tyre change, on his last stop his mechanic’s t-shirt would get wrapped up in the front wheel costing the quick Australian time and a chance to bump up having been in contention before the stop.

Benefiting from mistakes from Hoppe and JJ Wang right at the end, Hachler was delighted to make it through.  The Swiss driver and great friend of Kuzbuch said, ‘It was a perfect race until I lost a wheel’.  As the ARC driver exited the pits after his tyre stop the rear left wheel came off with his hopes of making the final looking to be over.  ‘I pushed 100% after that.  I drove on the limit and I also got a bit lucky other crashed ahead of me but the car was perfect and I can drive on the limit for a long time so I think it will be good for the final’.

View complete event results here.

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Semi final line-up complete for 21st WC

Sep 16 2017

The 21st running of the 1:8 Onroad World Championships is down the final 22 drivers with the 1/4 finals completing the line up for the two Semi finals which will decide the 8 drivers to join Dario Balestri and Naoto Matsukura in the fight to become the World Champion.  In the first of the 1/4 encounters it was JJ Wang who took the win ahead of Takaaki Shimo after the 2015 Vice Champion was given a penalty for bad refuelling. Behind them John Ermen was holding third but the ARC driver came under intense pressure from 2013 World Champion Tadahiko Sahashi in the final laps.  With the Serpent driver all over the Dutchman the pair made contact at the final corner with Ermen ending up on the grass.  While Ermen protested the result, after watching video footage of the pass officials deemed the result would stand with Sahashi progressing to the Semis.

In the second 1/4 final, Alberto Picco was the winner from Infinity team-mate Carmine Raiola who was another to be penalised for bad refuelling.  Behind them Takehiro Terauchi would complete the Top 3 of a race that would see reigning 1:10 European Champion Toni Gruber and former finalists Rick Vrieljink and Flavio Elias go out.  Losing second gear on his WRC, Gruber tried to continue but it was too much for his engine and it expired.  For Vrieljink his chances of progressing ended when he ran out of fuel and for Elias, who was running his 5th final after a bad qualifying, his run ended due to a broken steering servo.

‘Very happy’ was how Wang summed up progressing to the Semis.  The Mugen driver continued, ‘qualifying was so so, so I’m happy to still be in the mix’.  On the 20-minute encounter which he started 4th, the Chinese American driver said, ‘The start was good for me but the conditions were very difficult.  The Top 3 were evenly spaced but then the drivers behind started to attack. When Shimo got the drive through I took the lead and just tried to drive a safe race to the end’.

Echoing Wang’s comments of conditions being more difficult today, Picco said, ‘the track was not as good as yesterday. It was slippery and more difficult to drive’. He continued, ‘I just tried to keep a good pace without pushing because I didn’t have the same confidence as before because of the dust on the track’. Otherwise, the Italian veteran said the rest of the race was good and while conditions are more difficult he will leave his Infinity unchanged for the longer 30-minute Semi Final.

View complete event results here.

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Plug failure puts Collari out

Sep 16 2017

Lamberto Collari is out of the 21st running the 1:8 Onroad World Championships.  The driver who has been World Champion a record 9 times, saw his attempt for a 10th title end when he suffered a glow plug failure while leading his 1/8 Final with 2/3rd distance complete.  The Italian’s last Worlds Final appearance was when he won the last of his titles in Switzerland in 2009.  Losing 3-laps as a new plug was fitted, Collari eventually finish 8th while up front it was former Finalist Rick Vrielijnck who took the win to progress to the 1/4 Finals.  Also joining the Capricorn driver by completing the Top 3 would be Thomas Desmaries and Paphon Chanyasah.  For 2013 and 2015 Finalist Shinnosuke Yokoyama it was the end of his run of final appearances with the Japanese driver finishing 6th.

In the first of the 1/8 finals which got the final day of action in France underway, it would be Serpent’s Merlin Depta who took the win having started 8th on the grid.  Behind the German, former European Champion Oliver Mack would follow him home having start the the 20-minute directly behind his fellow countryman.  One of the standouts, having had a bad qualifying when he ended up qualifying in the 1/64th final, 2015 Finalist Flavio Elias completed his run of bump ups with third. As a result the Brazilian Capricorn driver will now make his 5th race start here in Monteux.  Casualties of the race included Michael Salven who went out after a crash at the start and his Serpent team-mate & 2009 Finalist Mark Green who could only manage P5.

View complete event results here.

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Chassis Focus – Silvio Hachler

Sep 16 2017

Chassis – ARC R8.1
Engine – OS Speed R2102 Gold Edition
Tyres – Matrix (Handout)
Fuel – Runner Time
Radio/Servos – Sanwa/Savox
Body – Xtreme Aerodynamics R18
Remarks – Highest ranked within the ARC team after qualifying here in Monteux, Swiss driver Silvio Hachler is using a pretty standard version of the R8.1 from the Taiwanese factory using only an optional set of Team Titan titanium screws.

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Chassis Focus – Shoki Takahata

Sep 15 2017

Chassis – Mugen MRX-6
Engine – OS Speed R2103
Tyres – Matrix (Handout)
Fuel – Runner Time
Radio/Servos – Sanwa
Body – Xtreme Aerodynamics R18 Strong
Remarks – Japanese Mugen driver Shoki Takahata is running a few new parts on his MRX-6. The new chassis features a carbon weights slide and has a different shape to bring the rear bulkheads closer to each other enabling the use of longer suspension arms. The clutch bell is also new, with an updated shape that allows for the use of 4 ball bearings instead of the usual two.

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New In The Pits – Gimar

Sep 15 2017

New from Gimar is the latest version of their RACE engine tuned by Max Fantini. The unit features a DLC treated crankshaft and updated timing on both the shaft and the cylinder, in addition to a long life conrod and a rear ceramic bearing. The front ceramic bearing is available upon request. The engine will be available in the 25 and 16% Nitro configuration and also in a pre-run version.

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