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Informed sources tell us that Orion’s nitro guru looks set to sign a deal to drive for HB / HPI in both on and offroad, the deal brings to an end a partnership with former sponsors KM Racing for 2013 and before that a deal with Kyosho that lasted over a decade. Expect Bertin to be tearing up the tarmac soon, but first we hear he’s racing the Italian Job Race, so stay tuned to NeoBuggy for news…

The move if confirmed comes at a time of year where the whole driver market is seeing serious seismic activity, this one however we did not forsee, perhaps Bertin has an eye on young Ty Tessmann for Orion, or a long term view for his Kyosho protege David Ronnefalk ?

One of the more likely indicators it may well be confirmed soon is the close association between HPI and Swiss distributors Neidhart SA (Orion founder Philippe Neidhart’s company). Watch this space.