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Davide Ongaro leaves Novarossi

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Our Italian counterparts at RCRevolution report that one of their hottest young stars Davide ‘The Kid’ Ongaro has left Novarossi having joined them as a factory driver from RB back in late 2013 having hit the headlines originally at the Euro-B Championships that year.

The news appears to reinforce gossip of a raft of Novarossi departures on the horizon, after TLR driver Alex Zanchettin was spotted running RB power at the Italian Job Race a couple of weeks ago.

Via RC Revolution

Horizon confirm Drake departure

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Horizon Hobby wishes to thank and acknowledge Adam Drake for his dedication and commitment throughout the years to Team Losi Racing and Horizon Hobby.  Adam’s association with Team Losi Racing dates back to the early 1990s and his on-track speed and off-track sportsmanship have been consistent trademarks for over two decades.

Adam has been a great asset to the team and ambassador for Horizon Hobby / Team Losi Racing and we wish him the very best for the future, both personally and professionally.

Carlos Fonseca joins MAXIMA

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RadioControl is pleased to announce the Portuguese driver Carlos Fonseca as one of the official MAXIMA team drivers for the upcoming offroad season! He is highly motivated to attend to the Portuguese regionals, nationals, and some international races in 2015, including Neo Race.

Carlos has the following to say about MAXIMA, ”I’m very happy and pleased to join Maxima Products for this upcoming season. Their Fuel is without doubt the one with highest quality I’ve tested and I’m impressed with all the power and runtime my engines get, providing them all the lubrification that all nitro engines need. I want to say thanks to Maxima Portugal for giving me this great opportunity to be part of the team that already knows the success worlwide. Hope all can try it and confirm all the great products available at Maxima.”

Source: RadioControl

Robban Gus goes Agama

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NEMO Racing are delighted to announce that Swedish RC Racing legend Robert Gustafsson will join the team in 2015.

Having been on the BETA team in 2014, Robert brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge, and will be a great source of information for the continued development of all our products as well as his natural driving ability shining through on track. Robert will be driving the all new Agama A215 Buggy that has already made a great impression in its formative events as a prototype, and with the production version showing even more potential.

Robert recently set up his own company BRS Racing to distribute BETA tyres in Sweden, and will expand that to include Agama Racing in 2015 and will be available to help all customers and drivers with their equipment.
We are excited to have Rob and BRS Racing more integrated into the NEMO network, and can’t wait to see the results in the coming year.

 

Matsukura joins Kyosho offroad team

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Shocking news of world-class driver, Naoto Matsukura leaving his long-time sponsor Yokomo took the industry by surprise not long ago. For his touring car campaign, Naoto announced he would be signing with Tamiya for 2015. Many assumed that would also be his choice of offroad vehicles as well. In a surprise announcement, Naoto has joined Kyosho’s TKI Buggy offroad division for 2015! Naoto will attend all the major 1/10 offroad races this year and will compete in 2wd & 4wd Buggy classes.

Source: Kyosho

Yuichi Kanai returns to Pro-Line

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Yuichi Kanai is one of the most respected and talented designers in all of R/C. Combine that with a World Championship in 2000 and you have a guy who knows quality and performance. Pro-Line is proud to welcome Yuichi back for the 2015 racing season, and look forward to great success with the Red Army.

Source: Pro-Line

Racing for all the WRONG reasons

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Over the past several years I have traveled around America for R/C car racing, motocross, and UTV (side by side) racing events. While all three are very different forms of racing, they all share one thing in common; racers racing for the wrong reasons. In my opinion the number of racers racing for the wrong reasons has grown out of control; let me explain.

“…chasing a dream and doing what you love is worth everything you’ve got.”

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Wollanka re-signs with XRAY for 2015

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XRAY is happy to announce that European Vice-Champion and multi-time Austrian Champion in various classes, Martin Wollanka, will continue to be part of the XRAY factory team to race 1/8 & 1/10 offroad classes in 2015.

Martin says, ”The 2014 year was the first year for me being part of the XRAY factory team and I could not be happier for the support and the great handling car which allowed me to win all the National races as well gaining the title of European Vice-Champion. I am very happy to be part of the very professional and hardworking team. The dedicate work of Juraj and entire team motivates me to improve all the time and I hope for even greater results this season. I am looking forward the 2015 races, see you soon.”

Source: XRAY

Swiss star Pittet drops Kyosho for HB

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Circus RC reports on yet another European departure from Kyosho this winter season (Ronnefalk, Svensson) – this time Swiss star Jeremy Pittet follows the Ronnefalk route and will be running the HB D812 for the 2015 season. Pittet will make his debut with the new ride this weekend at the Montpellier warm up race in France having spent a decade with the ‘Big K’.

Jeremy: “After 10 years with Kyosho, 3 Swiss Championships and Euro-B runner up, it came time for a new challenge. I am very happy and confident to start this new challenge with HB. Thank Neidhart and Adrien Bertin for this opportunity. 

Pittet’s other sponsors remain consistent for 2015; Orion, Sweep, Meccamo, Ultimate and Power-Save-Racing.

Source: Circus RC

Cole Ogden continues with REDS

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REDS Racing is pleased to announce Cole Odgen re-signs for 2015. Cole collected some incredible finishes with REDS in 2014, including 1st in Pro Buggy at the Fall Brawl, 1st in Pro Buggy and Truggy  at the Southern Nationals, 1st in Pro Buggy and Truggy at the Southern Indoor Championship, 1st in Pro Truggy at Bring The Heat, 1st in Pro Buggy at the Wicked Weekend…and finally participating in his first World Championship landing him as a quarter finalist! Cole will be attending all the major events in 2015 including the Neo Race in April.

Cole says, “Signing with REDS for 2015 is another step into my future of success. I’m very happy to be with REDS for another year, and using these high quality engines for my power plants is an honor. Huge thanks to Marco Rossi, Mario Rossi, and Alex Pilson for their support and I look forward to seeing everyone at the races!”

Source: REDS