Saturday, September 30, 2006

Wet qualifying for Chinese GP

Fernando Alonso, Pole position
"It is fantastic to be back on pole for the first time since Canada. It was a difficult qualifying session, very busy and very complicated for all the drivers, but the Michelin tyres were fantastic and gave us exactly what we needed to do the job. Looking for tomorrow, nothing is certain with the weather, but I am confident we can be competitive in both conditions. We haven’t done much dry running yet this weekend, but from what we have seen, the car seems to be very competitive. If it is wet, we know we are quick – but also that many more things can happen. Obviously, this is a great team result when the championship is so tight, but we haven’t done the job yet. I will stay focused, concentrate on doing a good race – and race for the win."
Giancarlo Fisichella, 2nd position
"The car has been quick all weekend, and I am really pleased to be on the front row with Fernando. This is a great result for me because I am in a good position to catch up Massa in the championship, and for the team it is the perfect starting point. The conditions were very tricky during the session, and I spun in the second session – so the pressure was on to get my lap done. After that, it was a question of repeating the performance in the third part, and making the most of the opportunity to qualifying at the front. I think we have a strong strategy, and good performance in all conditions. I am looking forward to a very competitive race."

“I’m thrilled to be back in the top three qualifiers again, especially after such a difficult session. This is a great result for the team with Jenson and I in 3rd and 4th and setting exactly the same lap time. It was pretty treacherous out there and at times it was just impossible to push. When I did I spun off and thankfully the gravel slowed me just enough for me to land on the grass. I was able to keep the engine running so I could keep going. Aside from that moment we’re looking pretty competitive in the wet and in the past the race has come my way many times in similar conditions. If that’s the way the weather plays out I’ll be happy but we have a car that works well either way.”

JENSON BUTTON, 4th position
“I’m very happy with today’s result, especially with Rubens and I posting exactly the same time. It’s been a very interesting day in which the Michelins are clearly very strong in the tricky conditions. It’s pretty slippery out there which made it tough going, but we’re looking good I think and I have a good strategy so we should be able to look forward to a great race, especially for the fans.”

All images and news used with permission of the Renault and Honda F1 teams.

China Grand Prix Preview

The 2006 championship is going down to the wire, and TV viewers around the world are savouring the duel between Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher during the last three races of the season.

In the same spirit, the organisers of the Chinese Grand Prix have shown that they can take a lighter touch when it comes to this deadly serious fight. At the end of the long back straight at the circuit, two grandstand sit opposite each other. And they have now been christened ‘Michael Schumacher’ and ‘Fernando Alonso’!

Mr Yu Zhifei, general manager of SIC Management and Development Co. Ltd., is proud of the results: “The two grandstands are absolutely identical ,and will allow the fans to choose their allegiance this weekend!”

For the moment, the number of fans in each stand has been very similar… let’s see who wins the vote on Sunday!

The Honda Racing F1 Team began its preparations for the 2006 Chinese Grand Prix today.

All three of the team’s drivers – third driver Anthony Davidson, plus race drivers Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello – took to the 5.451-kilometre Shanghai International Circuit and the early indications for Sunday’s 56-lap race were positive.

The RA106 was immediately on the pace in the first one-hour session, with Davidson and Button second and third fastest. Barrichello, who won the inaugural Chinese GP in 2004, worked on a different tyre comparison programme during the session and was back in 12th place.

On a damp but drying track, Michael Schumacher has laid down the gauntlet to championship leader Fernando Alonso with the fastest time in Shanghai practice this morning. The German’s time of 1:40.193 was set towards the end of the session, and beat Fernando’s best by just 0.172 seconds.

Jenson Button took third position for Honda, a further two tenths behind Fernando, as the surprise of the session saw Tonio Liuzzi and Scott Speed take fourth and fifth for Toro Rosso with all of the drivers falling within a second of the best laptime of the day.

Mark Webber ended up sixth for Williams ahead of Albers in the Spyker, Giancarlo Fisichella’s Renault, the McLaren of Pedro de la Rosa and David Coulthard’s Red Bull.

Robert Kubica and Kimi Raikkonen were the only drivers not to set a lap in an uncertain session, as running was kept to a minimum before this afternoon’s qualifying session. With the weather proving changeable, nobody is any the wiser as to what this afternoon’s session has in store. It should prove thrilling.

All three drivers completed more mileage in session two, during which rain was a constant threat. With 20 minutes of the session remaining, drizzle began to fall, which was enough to slow lap times compared to session one, but not enough to force the drivers off their grooved Michelin tyres.
Images and news compiled from Honda and Renault F1 sites used here with permission. Red Bull images photocredit: (c)GEPA Pictures/Red Bull Photofiles

Petit LeMans today

Braselton, Ga. – Nic Minassian definitely has found a comfort zone racing in the American Le Mans Series. Minassian earned his second Series pole position in three career events, taking the top spot in qualifying for the ninth-annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda CX-7 on Friday at Road Atlanta.

Minassian posted a time of 1:10.829 in the Judd-powered Creation Autosportif entry to best the diesel-powered Audi R10 TDI of Allan McNish by a razor-thin 0.081 seconds. Minassian's first appearance in the Series came at Petit Le Mans in 2004, qualifying second overall.

"The more poles the better. It's great," said Minassian, who will team with Jamie Campbell-Walter and Harold Primat in the No. 88 entry for Saturday's race. "The American ambience is always great. The competition is very tough and when you are able to beat the Audi it's very special. They are the best in sports cars right now."

Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda CX-7
Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga.
Saturday's lineup
1. Nic Minassian, England; Harold Primat, Switzerland; Jamie Campbell-Walter, England; Creation CA06/H-01 Judd (P1), 1:10.829, 129.10
2. Rinaldo Capello, Italy; Allan McNish, Scotland; Audi R10 TDI Power (P1), 1:10.910, 128.95
3. Stefan Johansson, Sweden; Johnny Mowlem, England; Haruki Kurosawa, Japan; Zytek 06S (P1), 1:11.090, 128.63
4. Emmanuelle Pirro, Italy; Frank Biela, Germany; Marco Werner, Germany; Audi R10 TDI Power (P1), 1:11.372, 128.12
5. Lucas Luhr, Germany; Romain Dumas, France; Mike Rockenfeller, Germany; Porsche RS Spyder (P2), 1:11.409, 128.05
6. Sascha Maassen, Germany; Timo Bernhard, Germany; Emmanuel Collard, France; Porsche RS Spyder (P2), 1:11.631, 127.65
7. Butch Leitzinger, State College, PA; Andy Wallace, England; James Weaver, England; Lola B06/10 AER (P1), 1:11.738, 127.46
8. Chris Dyson, Pleasant Valley, NY; Guy Smith, England; Lola B06/10 AER (P1), 1:12.007, 126.99
9. Duncan Dayton, North Salem, NY; Memo Gidley, San Rafael, CA; Vitor Meira, Brazil; Lola EX257 AER (P1), 1:12.316, 126.45
10. Liz Halliday, Rancho Santa Fe, CA; Clint Field, Dublin, OH; Jon Field, Dublin, OH; Lola B05/40 AER (P2), 1:13.396, 124.58

The Vette C6.R is on the GT1 pole for the race and featured on the article below.
Updated with final standings after the race today. All images and news used with permission of the American LeMans Series.


C6.R's virtual tour

A few photos comparing the 2 C6.R's by Carrera and SCX. Both are great models and are well made by each of the company's. Each are worth the money and I consider them high points in recent releases in quality of detail in modeling and quality in workmanship.

My photo from the ALMS race at Lime Rock in 2005 for reference.

Photo above, the SCX is on the bottom, the Carrera on top.
The SCX is on the left, the Carrera on the right.

Friday, September 29, 2006

1/24 Carrera Hot Rods

All images and ad from Carrera.

A1 Grand Prix & Scalextric Cars.

With the A1 GP season 2 days away here's a closer look at 6 cars Scalextric has produced so far and the real cars to compare to.
The Netherlands:


New Zealand:



Hmmm, seems the car that practiced at Silverstone most recently is a bit more colourful than the Scalextric model.

United States:

All photos use with permission of the A1 Grand Prix, no reuse without permission.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Scalextric Ford GT40 Gulf

One photo to post of the new Scalextric Gulf Livery GT40. I saw this car in a local hobby shop last week, it's very nicely done.

Scalextric Renault F1

Name: RENAULT F1 2006

Reference No:
Renault F1 2006, No1.
Driver: F Alonso and
Renault F1 2006, No2
Driver: G Fisichella
(not shown)

Class: F1
On September 26th 2005, Fernando Alonso became the youngest world champion in Formula One history, after his thirteenth podium finish of the 2005 season in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos. At 24 years old, he also holds the records for the youngest holder of pole position and youngest race-winner.

The Scalextric model
The new rendition of the well-liked Renault livery now reflects the World Champion standings of Nos. “1” and “2” proudly displayed on the nose cone.
Scalextric are the only manufacturer to produce the current Renault F1 car.
High build-quality specification with equal high performance straight out of the box.

Magnatraction and quick change braid plate. Easy-Fit nose cone. Digital ready chassis.

Dimensions & Configuration
Car: Overall length 148 mm, Wheelbase 97 mm, Weight 63 gm
Rear: Axle width 57 mm, Tyre diameter 21 mm, Width 12 mm
Front: Axle width 56 mm, Tyre diameter 20 mm, Width 11 mm
Magnet: Rectangular 2.5 mm, Gear ratio 9:27
Motor: In-Line Rear Mounted Rear 2 wheel drive Mabuchi FF 18k rpm
Renault F1 photo used with permission from Renault F1. No reuse for any purpose.

Post mortem on my Proxy Maserati

So finally the Maser I entered in the Race Across America gave up the ghost. I entered a car I knew was incompletely tested...and it performed that way.

The Scalex Maserati is a car that many have said they just can't get to work the way they'd like... Originally I thought that I'd over power this car, thinking that the large body could "aborb" the extra power of the Scale Auto "Red Can". A few laps on the East New York Raceway quickly showed me I was wrong. So a Slot It 25k seemed like a good way to go. The motor has been glued in...and I'm not sure that I remember that I did that.

I put in large diameter Slot It wheels, Ortmann tires, hollow rear axle and 30 toother red crown Slot It. One account, given by none other than Alan Smith himself was that the car hopped so badly it was nearly undriveable. I'm thinking a poor choice of gearing is to blame for this. And speaking of gearing, there is lots of wear on the pinion here...

But the dampening or should I say sticker on the bottom may help that hopping since it would retard the motor pod tilting.

Nothing much going on inside the body though...lots of Ortmann dust caked inside!

In the end it was these wires crossing, causing a short that made me pull the plug.

But in the end I'm laying the blame squarely on Wet Coast Racer for not heeding the instructions on the bottom of the chassis for a poor showing in his stage of the RAA...

...ok, not really.

Publisher, Slot Car News & Proxy Racing Nutball!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

New RMS resin bodies announced

Great new resin kit from Reinecke MotorSports:

The Galaxie has molded-in posts for the Carrera Vintage Stocker Chassis, such as found on the Plymouth Superbird they produce. The chassis fits zero minor trimming that does not ruin the chassis for use on the original Carrera car. This kit also included decals (the only one to do so) and costs $40. You can see the decals I have available on my web page. These decals are excellent quality, first runs, and completely authentic.

The Omega and Ventura are fun early Busch GN cars, fairground stompers, whatever. They fit the Artin Stocker Chassis with no modifications, and run $25 each.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Scalextric Seat, a closer look

Seat Leon WTCC

Reference No: C2704
Class: Road & Rally

Race 9 of the 2006 World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) fell to race victor Jordi Gené for SEAT Sport. Gené had a great start from the front row. On lap 6 Gené was clearly closing on the lead man and reduced the gap to just 0.198 of a second over the following three laps. The Spaniard didn't let the opportunity go to waste; squeezing through to take the win at the Curitiba circuit in Brazil.

Race picture: The Scalextric car is based on this car. Shown here are team mates Muller and Thompson in identically liveried cars.

The Scalextric model
The Scalextric model replicates the car driven by Jordi Gene at the first race of the WTCC season held at Monza, Italy. The Scalextric livery is exact in almost every respect and displays just how good a Scalextric livery is compared to our competitors. The quality of livery painting and sponsor graphics is of the highest order. Hornby Scalextric is the only manufacturer to offer the more desirable current livery of the 2006 WTCC season car.

The Monza 2006 livery shows the correct Telefonica, Betandwin and ADVAN sponsorship graphics of the 2006 WTCC car.

Magnatraction with two magnet positions for driver choice.
Front and rear lights.
Quick-change braid plate.
Flexible, durable roof aerial.
Digital-ready underpan.
Full driver interior.
Exhaust detail.

Dimensions & Configuration
Car:Overall length is 135 mm, Wheelbase 83 mm, Weight 90 gm
Rear:Axle width 57 mm, Tyre diameter 22 mm, Width 8 mm
Front: Axle width 57 mm, Tyre diameter 22 mm, Width 8 mm
Magnet: Rectangular 2.5 mm, Gear ratio 11:36
Motor: Sidewinder Rear Mounted Rear 2 wheel drive Mabuchi SP 18k rpm