16 September 2013 10:12 by KevinR
A total of 90 drivers from 9 different countries attended the 40+ European Championships at the Bistensee Schietmeister track, Germany! The three days of racing did see a little rain however the track held quite well for the duration of the meeting which saw TQ man Rune Karlsen (Norway) claim the semi A with Peter Harder (Denmark) taking the semi B. With this result Peter took the front starting position for the 45 minute A main final and held on to the lead from start to finish, winning with a 21 second margin. He also claimed the fastest lap of the event. Congratulations!
15 August 2013 17:46 by Phil
Team Orion continue to dominate the column inches, or if you prefer your references in metric… centimetres – this time a more straightforward product announcement with the release of a Limited Edition ‘RS’ – Ronnefalk – Savoya engine celebrating their dominating performance at the European Championships in Reims, France a month ago – taking home TQ, 1st and 2nd.
The 3 port CRF ABI engine is the same as the ones used in David Ronnefalk’s and Reno Savoya’s respective buggys, Orion horsepower propelling the pair to a tense last few laps battle during the dying minutes of the main final. Orion tell us that the engine is available now with a limited quantity of 100 pieces. So if you want one, contact your nearest supplier today!
Part # ORI80695 CRF RS Limited Edition ABI Combo (3.5cc buggy engine with pipe)
ORI80696 CRF RS Limited Edition ABI (3.5cc buggy engine)
Features: 3 Ports, 2.8HP, 36’000RPM, .21 3.5cc displacement, 16.2mm bore, 16.9mm stroke, 7x19x6mm Swiss front bearing, 14.2×25.3×6.3mm Ceramic rear bearing, Patented SG type CRF crankshaft, 2 needle aluminum carburetor, 350g weight
14 August 2013 08:20 by KevinR
Horizon Hobby team driver Matt Lewis has produced the following video from his trip to the 1/8th Euro’s in France last month which provides a great insight into his time at the event.
02 August 2013 15:22 by KevinR
The 33rd installment of the most prestigious race in Europe took place in the nice town of Reims, France. Team JQ Products attended the race in full force with Team drivers: Joseph Quagraine, Robert Gustafsson, Rayan Medjoubi, Bradley Baird and Max Mort. Reims track is quite unique, as the surface is a white chalk like dirt, instead of the regular dirt we find at most European tracks. Fast, flowing with a decent amount of jumps makes it really challenging for average drivers with no previous experience there.
Unfortunately the Warm up for this race was under heavy rain so it was not so helpful for most of the drivers who attended, add to this the traction level changes throughout the day and you have a real headache for all drivers! Continue reading here.
30 July 2013 06:50 by Phil
We’ve managed to badger team Ronnefalk in the time since their European triumph on the Champagne soiled chalk of Reims enough to handily provide us, and you with the 2013 Euros winning setup [PDF],or along with many others in our Setup sheet shop.
Click ‘More‘ to see a repost of our ‘Under the Hood’ feature of David’s car – along with some special building tips and tricks that David’s father & mechanic Pierre Ronnefalk has to MP9 owners.
16 July 2013 08:25 by Phil
We already ran this feature during the Euros, but some of you may have missed it amidst the frantic Euros coverage!
16 July 2013 04:30 by Phil
Chassis: Kyosho Inferno MP9 TKI3
Engine: ORION CRF 321 FT
Tyres: AKA Handlebars Supersoft, EVO insert (pre-run tyres in final)
Fuel: Meccamo Squadra (25% Nitro)
Radio & Servos: KOProPo EX-10 Eurus, KO RSx Response (Steering), KO RSx Power (Throttle)
Sponsors: Kyosho, Orion, AKA, Ko Propo, Meccamo, Maugrafix, Takashima Design, Team Area51, GHEA, LMR, DCD, Heatit, Dialedinc.com, LiveRc.com, NeoBuggy.net
Notes: 2013 EFRA European Champion & Top Qualifier. Video of Qualifier Rd 5
15 July 2013 04:41 by Phil
After filming it and writing about it, we’re delighted to bring you one of the best finals 45 min we’ve ever had the pleasure to be a part of, set aside the time, watch it in it’s full HD glory with commentary in association with RC Racing TV. For any users unable to watch the YouTube version click ‘more’ or see Vimeo copy.
Viewers from Germany who are unable to view the YouTube version, see the alternate Vimeo copy.
tags: Christoffer Svensson
, Darren Bloomfield
, David Ronnefalk
, Elliott Boots
, Final video
, Jerome Sartel
, Jorn Neumann
, Lee Martin
, Martin Bayer
, Reno Savoya
, Robert Batlle
, Yannick Aigoin
in: 1/8 Offroad
, 2013 Euros
, Event Coverage
13 July 2013 15:42 by Phil
In a final that will surely go down as one of the most enjoyable, spectacular and eventful in memory, the pacesetter all week David Ronnefalk took an expectant win, however it proved to be far from a formality as the 17 year-old Swede had to fight his way back after a series of mistakes. Initially Ronnefalk opened up a lead with Savoya 2nd and Bloomfield looking dangerous with his 10min fuel strategy in 3rd, however the reigning European Champion was forced to retire at the 18 min mark, meaning a new European Champion would be crowned. Back upfront Robert Batlle and Reno Savoya assumed a cat and mouse battle with the 3x European Champion leading for much of it until he began to be reeled in slowly by the chasing Ronnefalk, however Savoya proved his namesake; tougher to catch than a Blue Marlin, eventually the latter half turned into the Ronnefalk/Savoya show with David getting past every now and then only to open a 2 second gap before a mistake dropped him behind.
With the last fuel stops cycling through Ronnefalk managed to open a 5-7 sec gap as Savoya drove staggeringly well – to be able to catch up to Ronnefalk, let alone pressure him epitomises Savoya in a nutshell – a Big Race driver. With the 33rd European Championship within his grasp and his 2012 last laps but a distant memory David Ronnefalk was cruising round, taking it easy until a mistake on the log section which saw him land his Kyosho on the roof rather than the boots. Cue the crowd going crazy and Reno Savoya spurred on drove like a homing missile, the Shark could smell blood now and sensed victory #4 might be on the cards as Ronnefalk tightened up with a lap to go. With heartbeats round the track collectively in overdrive Ronnefalk held his cool, a few small twitchy moments but he took home a deserved Champagne title.
Huge respect to Savoya for a blistering final, he came so close, a real drivers’ display of grit and determination, not to mention team mate Martin Bayer who put on such a show in the semis, also Jerome Sartel coming home in 4th – the Pink Panther under the radar for much of the Euros but showing that consistency counts as well as out and out speed. Bit of a disappointment for Robert Batlle, who it must be said never looked 100% happy with his package – never quite landing on the ‘setup sweetspot’, whilst Lee Martin finishes in 6th as top Brit but will head to Spain for the 10th Euros having expected a bit more. Neumann featured heavily in the 2nd semi, winning it and due to start P2, but a late 10min grace call saw him start last before his car expired after 16 laps, 10 laps later the defending European Champion Darren Bloomfield sadly retired with a broken clutch.
13 July 2013 12:58 by Phil
David Ronnefalk & Jorn Neumann both took wins in their respective semi finals, initially in the first semi Reno Savoya challenged Ronnefalk even taking the lead for a bit, but mistakes saw him drop down, after that it was a straightforward drive for the top qualifier. In the 2nd semi Jorn Neumann took a surprise win after RObert Batlle had a bit of a nightmare, crashing whilst in the lead than getting caught up in an epic threeway battle between himself and Bayer, Neumann. It ended with Bayer pipping Batlle to the line, grid order is as follows based on semi final time, with the first semi being generally quicker.
1. RONNEFALK David
2. NEUMANN Jorn
3. BLOOMFIELD Darren
4. BAYER Martin
5. BATLLE Robert
6. MARTIN Lee
7. SAVOYA Renaud
8. AIGOIN Jerome
9. AIGOIN Yannick
10. BOOTS Elliot
11. SARTEL Jerome
12. SVENSSON Christoffer