Chassis – Xray RX8 2019 Engine – Max Power RP9 Fuel – Runner Time Tires (handout) – Matrix Radio/Servos – Sanwa/Power HD Body – Xtreme Super Diablo
Remarks – Winner of this year’s SIGP Gary Huang and mechanic Gavin Kwok were using the 2019 spec Xray RX8. Featuring the optional alu servo saver, alu front anti roll bar mounts, optional centre pullies and a 100gram brass battery mount, the Chinese team had to contend with setting up their car for the higher grip found this year compared to previous years.
Chassis – Shepherd Velox V8.2 Engine – OS R21 Euro Fuel – Runner Time Tires (handout) – Matrix Radio/Servos – Sanwa/SRT Body – Xtreme Diablo
Remarks – Korean Shepherd driver Kim Ki Heung has been impressing many this weekend, battling it out at the front of the field with his Velox V8.2. Running it in fairly standard spec, he has decided to use the harder suspension parts and new front shock tower. In terms of setup, using his base setting from Korea where he says the traction is higher than in Xiamen, he has made the front track width wider while the rear track was made narrower.
Remarks – Italian brand Gimar are present at the SIGP with team driver Natanaele Senesi to test their new GTZ GT chassis in preparation for the World Championships in Florida. Unlike some of their competitors the GTZ is not using a buggy base but instead has been built specifically for the GT class. This new iteration sports a thicker 4mm chassis plate but which is narrower by 60mm than its predecessor which finished 2nd and 3rd at the most recent Euros. The car also uses a new engine, the Demon GT, which is also being used to good use by overnight TQ Felix Law. Completing the package is the XXX12 bodyshell, which is one of the only four bodies approved for the World Championships.
As light faded here in Xiamen and racing switched to being run under the floodlights it was Meen Vejrak who once again topped qualifying to take his 2nd TQ of the day and most importantly during what is expected to be the fastest conditions of the 3 rounds of qualifying. The Maxima driver topped Q2 by over a second once more from top seed Kim Ki Heung, the Shepherd racer recovering from a slow start to put in the fastest lap of qualifying on his way to 2nd. Behind it was Merlin Depta who finally had a solid run when it mattered, the Serpent driver beating out Mugen driver Motor King in 4th and team mate Jeff Hamon in 5th, the Australian running out of fuel on the final lap.
Chassis – Infinity IF8 Engine – Maxima Racing 20 Fuel – Maxima Tires (handout) – Matrix Radio/Servos – Sanwa/Power HD Body – Xtreme Super Diablo
Remarks – Meen Vejrak is doing double duties this weekend, also running at the sharp end in electric touring, but it is in Nitro where he is performing his best, topping the opening 2 qualifiers today. His first time running the stock Infinity chassis, which was selected by his Maxima team, he feels it is more consistent and has more traction than previous cars he has tried but has similar steering to its competitors. His engine is the Racing 20 from Maxima, an OS based motor that has more torque than its predecessors.
Chassis – Awesomatix A800MMX Motor – Hobbywing V10 G3R 13.5T ESC – Hobbywing Xerun XR10 Pro Battery – Sunpadow 6000mAh CS Platin Tires (handout) – Sweep Radio/Servos – Sanwa/MKS Body – Zoo Racing DBX
Remarks – His first trip to China, ‘Mad’ Max Machler has brought with him the final stage pre-production version of the Awesomatix A800MMX. Its a new mid motor concept featuring a unique motor mount and top deck design that offers multiple setup possibilities and improved flex characteristics. Additionally it sports new upperlink holders as well as new damper holders for the front of the car. Max tells us that the steering has also been improved to have less play and simpler adjustment. To complete the package the German is running the 6000mAh CS battery from Sunpadow’s new high end Platin range.