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Yannick Aigoin wins on 2nd XRAY Debut


Round 2 of the 2015 French Nationals season headed south to the Provence track of Pierrefeu, located in the beautiful French countryside – the Aigoin brothers would share the qualifying spoils as Jerome Aigoin TQ’d Q1 & Q2 whilst Yannick would close out qualifying with a TQ, overall top qualifier: Jerome Aigoin. However it wasn’t to be for Kyosho’s man in France as he exited the A semi in last place, thus missing out on the final.

Up steps Yannick Aigoin and goes onto win the 45 minute final on his (2nd) XRAY debut by a pretty impressive and rare two lap margin over HB’s Reno Savoya – admittedly Pierrefeu is Yannick’s home track but nonetheless, on his debut with the new car… Impressive stuff, taking 3rd a lap back from Reno was TLR’s Jerome Sartel, Julien Lattanzio 4th, Lorenzo Crolla coming home in 5th.

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Kerstin Bessler joins Fast Race


Fast Race continues to grow as they expand their 2015 race team once again. Fast Race is pleased to announce that up and coming Kerstin Bessler has signed on for the remainder of 2015. Kerstin will use the full range of Fast Race products and accessories to aid in her racing efforts.

Source: Fast Race

Jerome Sartel now a TOP man


CML Distribution, CML France and Novarossi are pleased to announce that former French Champion and European Finalist Jérôme Sartel has chosen to use TOP Elite engines as his power for the 2015 1/8th Nitro Off Road Season.

Being free to select any engine for his Losi 8ight chassis, Jerome was in an enviable position to test and research a number of motors before committing to a final manufacturer. After extensive testing Jerome felt that TOP Elite engines were the perfect partner, and the ideal power package to allow him get the best performance from his 8ight chassis platform. Look out for Jérôme’s TOP Elite powered buggies and truggies throughout 2015 at events in France and Europe!

Yannick Aigoin returns to XRAY!

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As expected after his hasty departure from Team Associated, Yannick Aigoin is headed towards XRAY, with a likely hand in distribution via Aigoin Racing in France.

XRAY is happy and excited to announce that European Champion Yannick Aigoin returns back to XRAY. Yannick returns back to the team that brought him his European Champion title with the XRAY XB8. We are happy to have “our” Yannick back in the team for 2015.

Yannick’s best achievements: 2x European Champion, 4x TQ at European Championship, 2010 NEO Race Winner, 7x French National Champion, 2x French National Champion 1/10 off-road, 3x World Championship A-main finalist.

“To be back at XRAY is the feeling like when you come back home. I am very happy to have the chance and opportunity to work again with Juraj and the Hudy family. I always remember the great days when I was racing for XRAY which was the period that brought me my best achievements including European Champion title and it was also time when I was very close to win the Worlds in Jakarta.

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As I know how professional and highly dedicated XRAY is and adding this to our friendship we had since that time makes me just supper happy to be home again. I will be travelling to all French races to support the XRAY drivers in France as well will attend the major international races. I am looking forward.”

Yannick will race in 2015 all major regional, national and international races including: French nationals, European Championship, French cup, Pierrefeu International GP.

Engelstätter joins Team Maxima

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Maxima is pleased to announce today that top German driver Timo Engelstätter has joined Team Maxima for 2015. Timo will employ the full range of Maxima products within his Kyosho vehicles, and completes the Maxima German race team.

Source: Maxima

XRAY signs up Taylor Petersen

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XRAY is happy to announce that talented US off-road driver Taylor Petersen has joined XRAY team.

“I would like to Thank Xray/RC America for the opportunity to race for them again, as I feel they have the best platform for me to succeed with….. Xray has made leaps and bounds the last few years and I know they will never stop improving, and I will do my best to show the public how good this car really is. I Look forward to seeing everyone at the races!”

Taylor’s merits list include multiple final appearances in the buggy & truck US Nationals, World Championship finalist, Motorama TQ & Champion, Silverstate podium finisher, Lone Star TQ & Champion, Ice Breaker podium finisher, Southern Nats TQ.

The rest of his 2015 season looks as follows: US Nationals- Chico, AKA Race- Texas, Southern Nationals, Battle of the Sikest & more.

Reno Savoya drops Sweep, chooses JConcepts rubber


One of the bigger headlines at NeoX was that of last year’s Top Qualifier & new HB recruit Reno Savoya seemingly ditching Sweep Racing tyres in favour of running JConcepts at NeoX and the foreseeable future. Savoya’s relationship with Sweep Racing appeared very tight having taken part in the formation of ‘SweepShop’ – a direct sales & distribution shop aimed at the European market however the distinct lack of any Sweep branding on his HB D815 ‘Shark’ buggy had a few people talking.

According to the grapevine, Savoya made a late call to Jason Ruona of JConcepts in an effort to furnish him with tyres in time for NeoX – Jason obliged, also making the trip over himself for the first time. Fast forward a weekend and Savoya is TQ at the EFRA GP at Noeux les Mines in France – having TQ’d 4 of the 6 rounds of qualifying at Jerome Sartel’s home track.

JConcepts have long lacked any significant representation in the European market – focusing on N.America has yielded success for Jason Ruona’s highly-regarded company. Whether the deal with Savoya is a race-by-race affair or the start of a longer relationship remains to be seen at this stage.

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Associated & Yannick Aigoin split

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In a bit of a shock, newly crowned Neo Race constructor’s Champions Team Associated announced late last night that they have ended a company/driver relationship with France’s Yannick Aigoin that lasted since January 2012 - questions regarding the future of Yannick given his distribution business Aigoin Racing and interest in CML France now come into question with XRAY suggested as a rumoured potential destination.

Effective immediately, Team Associated and Yannick Aigoin have agreed to part ways.  In his tenure at Team Associated, Yannick competed in two World Championships where he was the highest finishing French driver, along with competing in many International a-main events.  Team Associated would like to thank Yannick for his three years of dedication and wish him all the best going forward.

The Tebo’s take on Silver State


Jared Tebo is no stranger to the Silver State Nitro Challenge, nor is he a stranger to the winner’s circle. This year’s event meant a little more to Jared than just the racing and winning. For the first time, Jared’s wife and two kids joined him on the trip to Vegas, and they have quite an adventure to tell!

“This year for the 2015 Silver State, we decided that the whole family would attend, and we would head out to Las Vegas a few days early. Truck was fully packed….6 checked bags, 4 carry on bags, 2 car seats, 1 stroller, and 2 kids….the travel days were going to be rough…”


Tessmann still on top of Top25RC

Top 25 Silver State

The 2015 Silver State Nitro Challenge is in the books, and has tallied up the latest in their 1/8 buggy driver ranking system. Jared Tebo and Ryan Cavalieri continue to climb the rankings after back to back podium finishes, but Ty Tessmann retains the coveted #1 spot after coming back from a sub par qualifying performance finishing off the Silver State podium. Ryan Maifield proved to have the speed in the main but a mechanical failure proved to be costly in his finishing position and ranking, which dropped him 4 spots landing at the #7 spot. Points are VERY close between rankings 2-7, and all the drivers in these spots will be attending the NeoX. We will see which drivers will separate themselves from the others!

Source: Top25RC