Chassis – Hot Bodies R8 Engine – Orion CRF R21 Fuel – Runner Time Tires (handout) – Contact Radio/Servos – Futaba/Orion Body – Matrix R18
Remarks – After his debut in the ENS season in 200mm class, former World Champion Adrien Bertin has switched to running 1/8th scale here in Aigen, with a pre-production example of the Hot Bodies R8. Having tested the car for two afternoons on his home track, he said the feeling was great from the beginning and that led to his decision to race it here. He talked us through the car’s design, pointing out what Miyashita’s main goals were. First of all, he wanted to obtain a nice flex on the car without losing any precision, so he focused on designing a radio tray that would allow that. Adrien himself pointed out the importance of the flex highlighting that the missing screw on top of his servo saver made a huge difference, giving the car more steering while reducing a bit its reactivity. He was also delighted with the many adjustments allowed in both the front and rear end. Back to the radio tray, its design is a key factor in obtaining another goal the Japanese designer was looking to achieve: a lower centre of gravity, of crucial importance to help reduce the roll and make the car faster especially in the direction changes.
Remarks – Dominic Greiner is running a pre-production example of the brand new 200mm car by Serpent, the 748 Natrix, here in Aigen. The car is almost final spec with only some minor tweaks needing to be made before production begins. The car’s designer Michael Salven ran us through the main new features that distinguish this car from its predecessor. The car is lighter, with special attention paid to the weight of the two differential, while the engine has been moved towards the rear end for better weight distribution and can now be removed from the chassis together with its mounts. The radio tray is also new and provides a lower CG and a better weight distribution, the tank being longer and more narrow to bring the servos towards the center of the car. We’ve been told the new shape of the fuel tank also positively affects the engine’s performance. On the rear, the anti-roll bar is now linked further outwards on the suspension arms and is more effective even when using a thinner wire, with its mount also working as as a brake disc guide. At the front a brand new steering block with interchangeable pivot balls mounts and steering braces allow for more adjustments while with flex being a big concern the car now features different possibilities to adjust the car’s overall stiffness.
Winner of the opening round of the Euro Nitro Series in Melzo, Italy, after a thrilling battle with Robert Pietsch, Lamberto Collari has, due to commitments of being also a track owner, had to with draw his entry for Round 2 this weekend in Aigen. The 9-time World Champion has become a keen supporter of the new onroad nitro championship highly praising the running of the opening round but with his Lamberto Collari Raceway set to host its biggest race to date, the European 1:8 B Championship, later this month the work load means he had to make the decision to skip Round 2 committing to return for Round 3 in Hockenhiem, Germany, next month. While many drivers usually fail to inform race organisers of such a decision we must compliment Collari for taking the time to send the ENS/Red RC the following statement –
I wish to inform all racers and fans that unfortunately (despite making my entry) I cannot make it to Aigen for Round 2 of ENS championship due to many reasons… The most important one is the upcoming Euro B 1/8 Onroad Championships that will be held at “Lamberto Collari Raceway” at the end of this month. As a first time promoter of this event my efforts are all focused to organize as best I can, with the help of my team, this race at one of the most historical locations for our category.
I look forward to challenge again with the best competitors in the world in the third round of ENS in Hockenheim; despite many years racing all over the world I really enjoy above all the high-end competition. I hope you wouldn’t mind my absence but I really believe that also Euro B drivers deserve our attention to encourage them to race as often as possible.
Hope to see all of you in Bologna in 3 weeks…
While Collari is absent, Italy, the spiritual home of onroad nitro racing is still more than well represented with Daniele Ielasi, Dario Balestri, Francesco Tironi, Andrea Pirani and Mirko Salemi all here ready to battle to become the second Italian ENS winner of the inaugural season.
Round 2 of the new Euro Nitro Series in Austria this weekend, where the weather is set to be the biggest challenge for both the championship organizers and racers. It is not a case of if it will rain but when it will rain in the mountainous Aigen area and therefore the timetable for Day 1 is almost probably set to change over the day. Originally the timetable for today consisted in two rounds of free practice, followed by two controlled practice runs to determine the seeding of the heats for qualifying with the day concluding with two rounds of qualifying. With the weather forecast for the area constantly changing, Sunday now looking to be a particularly wet day, Race Director Uwe Rheinard is looking to go straight from free practice into qualifying. Seeding the heats manually, the plan then would be to run as many dry qualifiers as possible with three being the target for the day.
1:8 Onroad legend Lamberto Collari has confirmed his entry for Round 2 of the Euro Nitro Series which takes place in Austria over the weekend of May 16-18. The winner of the opening round of the all new nitro onroad championship last month in Melzo, Italy, the 9-time World Champion is one of a number of top Italian drivers who will travel to the Aigen track in Northern Austria. Also confirmed from Italy for the second event of the four events that make up the inaugural ENS race calendar are 2-time 1:10 European Champion Dario Balestri (Capricorn), 1:10 World Championship podium finisher Francesco Tironi (Shepherd), Round 1 1:8 A-Finalist Andrea Pirani (WRC) and former Euro B Champion Mirko Salemi (BP Racing).
Collari, who won the season opener at the controls of his privately entered OS powered Mugen, is again set for a thrilling duel with factory Mugen/Picco driver Robert Pietsch who is also confirmed for Round 2. Other top contenders to have already made their entry for Austria include Round 1 podium finisher Simon Kurzbuch (Shepherd), finalists Silvio Hachler (KM Racing), Oliver Mack (Shepherd) and Michael Salven (Serpent) along with former World Champion Adrien Bertin (HB). Making his ENS championship debut in Austria will be reigning 1:8 European B Champion Daniel Sieber (Shepherd) who won his title at Aigen last year.
In 1:10, Round 1 winner Eric Dankel (Capricorn) and Top Qualifier Teemu Leino (HB) head an entry that also includes former European Champion Dirk Wischnewski (Shepherd) and Melzo finalists Dominic Greiner (Serpent), Alexander Thilo (Xray), Patrick Schafer (Shepherd) and Martin Lissau (Shepherd). For Round 2, the championship, which is supported by Xray, Serpent, Shepherd, Matrix, Contact, Enneti and Hot Race, will see Contact RC Racing tyres provide the expected 100 plus entries with their tyre needs for the 3-day event.