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Paco Raap & Serpent Benelux Support

Serpent Benelux

Serpent and 2-speed have teamed up with offroad guru, Paco Raap, to run the Serpent Support Program for 1/8 offroad in the Benelux. Paco will be available trackside to help with the growing number of Serpent drivers with cars and set-ups. He will focus on the new and younger drivers, but has knowledge to share with even the most experienced drivers as well.

Source: Serpent

Ari Bakla continues with XRAY

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XRAY is happy to announce that multi-time Australian National Champion Ari Bakla will continue to race with XRAY in 2015 season. Ari has been the main leader of the Australian XRAY team racing in all the classes with great success and countless victories. Ari will continue in 2015 to race with T4, XB8, XT9 & XB4.

Ari says, “To work with XRAY team is a true pleasure, all the racing cars belong to the absolute best in the racing market which allows me and our team to continue to win the races. The 2014 racing season was successful for me and our Australian team and I am sure the 2015 will be another successful year and we will do our best. I will be traveling to all major Australian races to support our XRAY team and I will be happy to help anyone, just stop by to see me.”

Source: XRAY

Mugen officially confirm Adam Drake: Exclusive first interview


After a last minute entry at the Dirt Nitro Challenge last week running Mugen’s buggy & truck, what seemed inevitable is now official: Adam Drake joins Mugen Seiki Racing!

Mugen Seiki Racing is excited to announce that the RC legend Adam Drake will be joining the team. Adam brings 20 plus years of racing experience to Mugen and will put it to work as a full time employee. Racing will be top priority but also Adam will work in race promotion/team management, research and new product development. Adam will race all Mugens off road vehicles and will compete in club, regional, national and world championship events around the globe.

I am very excited to be given the opportunity to be part of Mugen Seiki Racing as an employee and team driver. I am really looking forward to putting my knowledge and experience to good use with such an amazing company. I would like to especially thank Kris Moore and Tim Long for the support and for believing in me” – Adam Drake


We must confess that we were tipped off about the Drake’s move just in time and sent ‘our man in Havana‘ (Stephen Bess in SoCal) for an Exclusive interview!

All this because someone owed The Drake lunch…

by Stephen Bess

We haven’t witnessed the type of internet buzz created by Adam Drake’s departure from TLR in…well, have we ever witnessed so many people talking about a driver switching teams? Upon Adam’s departure from Horizon/Team Losi, the forums and Facebook were ablaze with rumors, speculation and assumptions round the clock. After showing up at the Dirt Nitro Challenge with Drakeified versions of every 1:8-scale vehicle Mugen offers, the assumptions became even more grand. 

In this exclusive interview, we catch up with Adam Drake between practice sessions at Revelation Raceway in Southern California to discuss his decision to commit full time to Mugen Seiki Racing, his employment there, and the reasons why he feels Mugen is the right fit.

Read the interview here…



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Davide Ongaro joins Team Fastrace


Italian racer Davide Ongaro has signed on board with Team Planet Racing  and Fastrace for 2015. In addition to being a welcomed asset to Team Planet Racing, the rising star will also use the full range of Fast Race Shop products.

Source: Planet Racing

Mattia Menabue joins Serpent Italy

Mattia Menabue

Italian talent Mattia Menabue joins team Serpent Italy to race Serpent’s offroad lineup of cars for 2015. Mattia has shown great talent, and has continued developing well as driver over the past years.

“Team Serpent Italy is very proud to have him join the team.”

Source: Serpent

Davide Ongaro joins LRP for 2015

Davide Ongaro

LRP is proud to announce that Italian top talent, Davide Ongaro, has joined LRP and as of this season will use the LRP ZZ.21C Ceramic Spec.2 Nitro Competition Engine for his 1/8 offroad racing.

Davide Ongaro is one of the rising stars in the international offroad racing scene. In his home country Italy, he’s regularly among the top drivers at prestigious national races. At the 2014 IFMAR 1/8 Offroad Worlds, Davide made it to the ¼ final. This is even more impressing, as his speed would have been fast enough for the semi-final but he suffered from badluck and had to retire.

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Ale Stocco joins Team Planet Racing


Italian racer Ale Stocco has signed on board with Team Planet Racing for 2015. In addition to being a welcomed asset to Team Planet Racing, the rising star will also use the full range of Fast Race Shop products.

Source: Planet Racing

Mike Paige joins Futaba and O.S.

Mike Paige Futaba

O.S. and Futaba are proud to welcome Mike Paige to their respective racing teams! Hailing from Lincoln, Illinois, Mike has been racing radio-control vehicles for fourteen years. He enjoys racing all kinds of vehicles, but his favorites are 1/8 scale buggies and truggies in 2WD and 4WD classes. Mike’s known for honing his skills at his hometown track, Lincoln’s very own RJD Hobbies. Now, he’ll have the added benefits of premium O.S. power and first-class Futaba control at his disposal, too.

“Response rates on my Futaba radio are virtually instantaneous, giving me the rock-solid connection and top-notch control I need to win.” – Mike Paige

Source: Hobbico

Steven Hartson continues with LRP


LRP is proud to announce that reigning 1/10 4wd Offroad World Champion, Steven Hartson, has extended his contract with ‘Blue is Better’. When a highly talented driver and a world class manufacturer work together, considerable racing success is programmed. So, it is no wonder that Team Associated’s Steven Hartson and LRP decided to continue their long-term common way again.

“I’ve trusted LRP equipment for 8 years now and I’m very happy to be continuing with LRP in 2015. LRP products have provided me awesome power throughout my career and I know there is more “Blue is Better” technology coming soon, starting with an entirely new battery line in April 2015. I look forward to using this new technology to defend my 4wd IFMAR World Championship at Yatabe Arena in Japan this year.” – Steven Hartson

Source: LRP

Baird joins Alphaform/REDS/JQRacing

Bradley Baird

Bradley Baird, also known as “THE Flying Irishman” has joined the Alphaform/REDS/JQRacing team for 2015, sealing the deal with an impressive win at Thunder Alley! Bradley, having numerous National Titles under his belt, will now be running REDS Racing Engines, LRP electronics, AKA tyres, Savöx servos, GHEA Accessories and Maugrafix stickers!

“Bradley has been in the JQRacing team for quite a few years so signing him in the factory team was a no brainer. We wish Bradley a great racing year!” – JQ

Source: JQRacing