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February 19, 2017

Coelho takes TITC with ‘hardest win’ of career

Bruno Coelho has successfully defended his TITC title after a thrilling A3 at the Infinity Addict Circuit in Thailand with the Xray driver afterwards describing the victory as the ‘hardest win of (his) career’. Winning the opening final with ease, he would crash out of A2 while leading meaning the 15th running of Asia’s most famous race would be decided between him and A2 winner Nicolas Lee in the closing encounter.  Securing the overall TQ on a tie breaker with Infinity’s Jilles Groskamp, it was the Dutch driver who despite no longer being in title contention would put him under the most pressure as he had done in A2.  Running bumper to bumper, Groskamp would hit Coelho allowing Ronald Volker to go to the front but it was now the battle for second that got all the attention.  Having the fastest winning time, second would still be enough for Coelho to give Xray its third consecutive TITC win but having waited following the contact, Groskamp wanted to get the pass on the ETS Champion.  Applying intense pressure however he couldn’t get it done as Coelho, despite the Bangkok heat, kept his cool to get the all important P2 for a win even his great rival Volker said afterwards he didn’t get easy.  While Lee would get 2nd, something he was guaranteed after A2, Volker would somehow pull off an unexpected podium with 3rd thanks to his A3 win leaving Groskamp to miss the podium at what is now his home race.

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February 19, 2017

Mark Lim wins at NOOB Singapore Open Rd1

Singapore’s longest running electric off-road racing series kicked off at the RaceWorks Arena featuring a large outdoor track with a mixed surface. The hot blazing sun created quite a challenge for all racers as the heat created extremely high grip conditions on the astro-turfed sections and reduced grip where the dirt dried out. During the 4WD Buggy qualifiers, Dennis Chiang, Kum Yew and Mark Lim emerged as the drivers to beat as they battled through all three runs. As the dust settled, Lim secured TQ with Dennis in second and Kum Yew to round out the top 3 on the grid.

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February 19, 2017

Landen Lewis sweeps Forever Heroes Memorial race

Chehaw Raceway of Georgia recently held the Forever Heroes Memorial race to raise money for the good cause. The small and dusty track was a challenge to any racer with the mindset, “fast is faster”. A slower, more stable vehicle was far superior and Chandler Elliott (Mugen) would take the TQ in the Pro Nitro Buggy class while Landen Lewis (Xray) came out fastest in the Pro E-Buggy qualifiers. Ultimately Landen would walk away with the win in the Pro Nitro Buggy class from Kyosho’s Mickey Griffin and TLR driver Allen Krier and Landen would also sweep the Pro E-Buggy category by taking the day’s win from Mickey Griffin (Kyosho) in second and Larry Cromontia (Mugen) in third.

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February 19, 2017

Nathan Wincek doubles at Lake Park club race

The Lake Park R/C of Florida, USA recently held a club race that saw Nathan Wincek walking away with the win in the 4WD Buggy and 1/8th E-Buggy class. Coming from the 3 spot on the 4WD grid the Xray driver took the lead on the second lap and he held off the charge of Ben Pinover (Xray) and carried on for the win. Ben would come in second from third placed Josh Dasch (Team Associated). In 1/8th E-Buggy Nathan TQ’d and he was under pressure early from Jim Hess (TLR) and then later Ben Pinover (TLR) but he was able to lead from the start and go on to take the win from Ben and Jim.

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February 19, 2017

Dutch Tamiya Cup Rd1 – Report

The Dutch Tamiya Cup series recently kicked off at the Racing Arena Limburg indoor track. The 30x14m track laid out with ETS carpet offered a technical layout that made for some entertaining races. The event was held in six different classes including Fighter Buggy, TT01/02 Top Stock, Euro TC and Euro GT. Also run was a Formula class and of course M-Chassis. To spice up racing, the organisers decided to use a different format of two seven minute qualifiers and two mains with the first leg being a seven minute sprint, followed by a ten minute “reverse order start” leg 2 that sees the winner of the opening leg start from P6 while the sixth place driver will start from pole and so on. The whole event was held in a very relaxed and laid back atmosphere and in the fastest class of Euro GT, Florian Joos put his TRF car on pole, followed by Robert Krens. The battle for third was won by Michel van der Velden, just in front of Martijn van der Heijden.

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February 19, 2017

Lee win A2 after Coelho & Hagberg errors

Nicholas Lee has won the second A-Main of the TITC, the Yokomo driver benefiting from errors from race leaders Bruno Coelho and Alexander Hagberg, both incidents delaying a very unlucky Jilles Groskamp.   From the start Groskamp had Coelho under intense pressure and on the fourth lap the Xray driver would roll trying to keep the door closed on the Infinity driver.  Trying to avoid the Top Qualifier, Groskamp would have to take to the infield allowing third place starter Hagberg into the lead but four laps later he would do almost a carbon copy of his team-mates error. With Groskamp all over the 2015 Champion, on the exact same corner Hagberg was also to roll again, Groskamp having to take evasive action only this time it would end his challenge for both the leg win and that ‘dream’ TITC victory that eludes him.  With Lee going to the front after the second incident he would pull clear to add a win to his A1 second place with Andy Moore, from 9th on the grid, finishing 2nd ahead of Infinity team-mate Chavit Sirigupta and Hagberg.

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February 19, 2017

Black Fabrica cleaning glass jar

Black Fabrica have introduced the cleaning glass jar. The convenient pit accessory is usable for differential and drivetrain parts cleaning as the glass will take no harm from popular cleaning solvents such as degreaser, citrus cleaner, lighter fluid, etc. and it is also homes in handy when emptying shocks or differentials. The height and stability of the glass jar reduces likelihood of spilling in the pit area. On top of this the sturdy container can take parts and accessories and it features a plastic screw-on lid that sports a carbon fibre appliqué revealing the Black Fabrica factory logo. The US-made jar measures 60x54mm and it is available now.

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February 19, 2017

Easy A1 win for Coelho with frantic finish for 2nd

Bruno Coelho took an easy win in the opening A-Main of the TITC, the Top Qualifier able to fend off an early challenge from Jilles Groskamp to cruise home to a winning margin of over 6-seconds from Nicholas Lee.  While the leader had a straight forward race the battle for second would end more spectacular fashion as Yokomo team-mates Nicolas Lee and Ronald Volker reeled in a slowing Groskamp.  With a lack of race announcements creating confusion as what stage the race was at, Lee, thinking it was the last lap, would attempt a pass on Groskamp into the final corner.  Hitting the Infinity driver, causing the Dutchman a body tuck, then Volker, trying to capitalise on the incident, would hit his team-mate but the impact stripped his spur gear. Unfortunately for Volker, the race still had another lap to go.  With Lee thinking that the race was finished he initially stopped after his contact with Groskamp who continued but on hearing the crowd reaction continued on the lap but Groskamp would spin out allowing him to go by for second.  With the incident causing Groskamp’s last lap not to count the result would initially show Volker, with a 4:59.563, third but bringing the error to the attention of race control he was given back the lap demoting Volker a lap down to fourth.

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