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August 25, 2016

Wilck top seed at Beijing Worlds

Wilck top seed at Beijing Worlds

Viktor Wilck is the top seed for qualifying at the Electric Touring Car World Championships in Beijing, the Serpent driver having topped a much faster second round of controlled practice.  With wind causing many drivers problems in the first round, the sun came out for driver’s second attempt at a 3-consecutive lap time and with the wind dying off the track would prove over a second faster.  Having set the pace so far at these unique Worlds, in that no one drove the newly surfaced track prior to the first round of free practice yesterday morning, Bruno Coelho would finish second fastest 0.125 off of Wilck’s pace, their fastest lap times almost identical with only 2/1000ths of a difference between them.  Ronald Volker would complete the Top 3, the Yokomo driver a further 3/10th back.  For World Champion Naoto Matsukura a though first day didn’t get any better with his title defence starting in the 5th fastest qualifying group.  It wasn’t a good controlled practice for his Tamiya team-mate Marc Rheinard either, the 3-time Champion only able for the 13th fastest time.

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August 25, 2016

Coelho masters difficult conditions in 1st control practice

Coelho masters difficult conditions in 1st control practice

Bruno Coelho mastered difficult track conditions on Day 2 of the Electric Touring Car World Championships in Beijing this morning to top the first round of controlled practice.  Having topped yesterday’s six rounds of free practice, the Xray driver again was fastest but with wind effecting track conditions it was not a repeat of the 1-2 the Slovakian manufacturer witnessed on the opening Day.  With Hagberg managing only P10, pulling up with a minute to go as he clearly struggled with his car, there was a marked improvement from reigning manufacturer champions Yokomo.  Only p5 in free practice, Ronald Volker would set the second fastest time, albeit 7/10ths off Coelho over the best 3-consecutive laps, with team-mate Loic Jasmin completing the Top 3.

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August 24, 2016

Simon Kurzbuch takes Swiss 1/8th Nitro On-road title

Simon Kurzbuch takes Swiss 1/8th Nitro On-road title

Last weekend the fifth round of the Swiss 1/8th On-road Championship took place at the Minidrom Sitterdorf. The weather was not the best meaning only one dry round of qualifying could be run. Simon Kurzbuch was the fastest and secured himself the TQ in front of Silvio Hächler. On Sunday the weather improved so was it possible to race all the finals under dry conditions. The main final was dominated once again by Simon who crossed the finishing line in first position some three laps in front of Mattia Pesenti with Remy Hasler completing the podium another two laps down. With four wins out of five races Simon Kurzbuch already secured himself the 2016 overall Swiss Championship title.

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August 24, 2016

Day 1 complete in Beijing, Xray in control

Day 1 complete in Beijing, Xray in control

Day 1 of the Electric Touring Car World Championships is complete in Beijing with Xray having controlled proceedings.  Opening the day at the Fengtai R/C Model Area asphalt track at the top of the time sheets, after 6 rounds of free practice it was still an Xray 1,2 with Bruno Coelho fastest from Alexander Hagberg.  While the pair would fail to improve on their 3-fastest lap time from FP4, Coelho would still top the times sheets for the final practice ahead of Tamiya’s Chrishopher Krapp. Krapp’s FP6 time would see him the best of the rest as he turned around his performance over the day to finish P3 ahead of TRF team-mate Marc Rheinard although the gap was substantial at over half a second.  Unfortunately for defending champion Naoto Matsukura he couldn’t replicate the turn around of his team-mates ending up on page 2 of the time sheets with the 39th fastest time.  The Japanese driver said despite making changes to his set-up each run his car ‘still feels the same’.

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August 24, 2016

Coelho continues to top practice at WC

Coelho continues to top practice at WC

Bruno Coelho continues to set the pace at the Electric Touring Car World Championship in Beijing, the Xray driver continuing to the top the time sheets with four of the opening day’s six free practice runs complete.  Taking things up a notch in FP4, he continues to be quickest from team Alexander Hagberg but with a bigger advantage, his best lap over 1/10th of a second faster and his fastest 3-consecutive laps almost 4/10th better.  Behind the Xray’s, after a ‘horrible’ start to practice, Marc Rheinard has started to find some speed with the Tamiya driver completing the Top 3 ahead of Andy Moore, the Team Infinity driver making good use of his black anodised Xray.  Unfortunately for reigning World Champion Naoto Matsukura is poor start hasn’t improved and the newly crowned 1:12 World Champion finds himself 44th fastest.

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August 24, 2016

WTF BTA ESC fan mount version 2

WTF Bat ESC fan mount version 2

Coming from Wild Turbo Fan is the version 2 BTA speed controller fan mount. Offering a revised fan angle and new carbon fibre guides the mount now channels the cooling air better towards the controller’s heat sink and the motor. The mount fits both 25mm and 30mm ESC mounting patterns and the whole assembly weighs in at only 2.7g without fan.

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August 24, 2016

Xray set early pace in Beijing

Xray set early pace in Beijing

Xray have set the early pace in practice at the 1:10 Electric Touring Car World Championships in Beijing, with Bruno Coelho topping the times for the first two practices from team-mate Alexander Hagberg.  With the opening practice the first time cars have ever run on the newly resurfaced Fengtai R/C Model Area asphalt track, it was Hagberg who took the initial bragging rights and with the laps time improving by 1-seconds in the second of the opening day’s six free practices, he again set the fastest lap but over three consecutive laps it was Coelho who was marginally quicker – 0.025 the difference.  Behind the Xray’s it was Yokomo’s Ronald Volker who completed the Top 3 followed by the Serpent of Viktor Wilck and Capricorn of Marc Fischer.  With the first of the cars hitting the sugar watered track at 08:30, all the competitors coming out to watch Heat 1, the overall reaction to the layout and early traction is proving very positive.

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August 23, 2016

Henri Fredriksson takes Finnish 1/8th IC Track title

Henri Fredriksson takes Finnish 1/8th IC Track title

The fourth round of the Finnish 1/8th On-road national series was recently held at the Kuovola track. Good weather allowed a very nice and fair weekend of racing and after the qualifiers it was Teemu Saarinen who started from the top spot into the main final followed by Henri Frederiksson, Tomi Mairue and Tony Raikas. In the first minutes of the main final Teemu pulled away from the field until he hit a slower car. After this incident there was a great battle for the lead between Tomi and Henri. At the end Tomi won the race with Henri Fredriksson in second and Tony Raikas completing the podium. For Henri the second place was good enough to secure himself the 2016 overall Championship title.

Source: Shepherd [team-shepherd.com]