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December 3, 2016

Coelho again in Q2 at Czech ETS

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Having opened Season #10 of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series with a TQ run in the Czech Republic last night, Bruno Coelho got Day 2’s proceedings underway with another in Q2. The Xray driver was again the class of the field, his rivals failing to get on terms with the reigning Champion who again topped the times comfortably by ETS standards. Over 2-seconds off Coelho, Ronald Volker was again his closest rival however the German only just managed to finish ahead of Viljami Kutvonen, the Q2 Top 3 a repeat of the opening qualifier.  After a number of mistakes left Akio Sobue P10 in the first round, the number 2 seeded driver kept it clean in Q2 to post the fourth fastest time ahead of last year’s event winner Marc Rheinard with top seed Alexander Hagberg completing the Top 6.

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December 2, 2016

Coelho kicks off ETS title defence with TQ run

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Bruno Coelho kicked off the 10th season of the Euro Touring Series & the defence of his title in the best way possible as he ended the opening day in the Czech Republic with a TQ run in the first round of qualifying. The Xray driver topped the times by an impressive 2.2-second margin over Ronald Volker with Viljami Kutvonen making it three different manufacturers at the top of the time sheets in what most drivers are describing as ‘strange’ track conditions.  Having topped seeding practice, mistakes would mean Alexander Hagberg would miss out on the 21-lap pace of the Top 3 and get a P4 ahead of Meen Vejrak.

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December 2, 2016

Hagberg top seed at ETS season opener

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Alexander Hagberg has topped seeding at the opening round of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series in the Czech Republic.  Only 11th fastest in the first of the two timed practices, the Xray driver would find much improvement on his second attempt to set the fastest 3-consecutive laps by 0.138 of a second from Tamiya’s Akio Sobue, the Japanese driver also finding a chunk of time.  Having been second fastest in TP1, reigning champion Bruno Coelho would better his time but such was Hagberg & Sobue’s improvement he would drop to third.  Topping the first practice, Ronald Volker would slide to 6th, the Top 6 separated by just under 4/10ths of a second.

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December 2, 2016

Jeff Hamon doubles at XRS Australia

Jeff Hamon doubles at XRS Australia

The inaugural Xray Race Series Australia race was held at Sydney’s Moorebank raceway. 57 entries were received over the three classes, 1/8th, GT and Nitro Tourer. The Saturday was open practise with three rounds of qualifying and bump-up finals on Sunday. Good weather and a well organised meet allowed all the races to be completed with everyone enjoying some close racing and friendly atmosphere. There were even some interstate competitors that flew in from across the country to join in. With the track hosting next year’s nationals it was a good opportunity to get some track time for the non-locals.

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December 2, 2016

Volker sets pace from Coelho in first practice

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Ronald Volker has set the pace in the first timed practice for the season opener of the 10th running of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series in the Czech Republic.  Racing at what has been a very happy hunting ground for the German with 5 wins from the 7 times the ETS has travelled to Hrotovice, Volker was fastest over 3-consecutive laps from reigning champion Bruno Coelho with just 3/100ths separating their times.  Behind them Viktor Wilck was 3rd fastest a further 3/10ths back with last year’s race winner Marc Rheinard fourth as all drivers reported unexpectedly low levels of traction.

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December 2, 2016

Protoform WCICS Rd1 – Report

Protoform WCICS Rd1 – Report

The Protoform Western Canadian Indoor Championship Series round 1 brought racing excitement to the capital city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Hosted by SarCar it was a great season opening race weekend and with two major changes this season, there was lots of anticipation for the opener. On track, the new CRC Black Carpet was the star attraction, presenting the first opportunity for most racers in Western Canada to try this new carpet. The second major change was the AAA Main finals format. In the Touring Modified class the TQ, Team Awesomatix’s Wayne Mah would take the leg 1 win from Danny Buck (Xray) in second and privateer Josh Carter third. Then a break in leg 2 for Wayne would see Danny capitalizing with a win, Josh second. An epic battle in A3, which saw them cross the line just a few seconds apart, Danny posting the faster lap, but Wayne taking the win and first overall, and Josh third.

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December 2, 2016

RC Concept powers Ben Sterling through to 2018

RC Concept powers Ben Sterling through to 2018

RC Concept have announced the signing of Australian Off-road frontrunner, Ben Sterling. Ben is well known around the world and brings in some 16 years of knowledge in the industry. The 2016 Victorian State Titles holder will work together with the Australian RC Concept distributor to support all RC Concept users in Australia and he had this to say:

Firstly I would like to thank Alpha for the past 3 years. It has been an absolute pleasure working with them and evolving their company and product. Thanks so much for RC Concept for giving me this opportunity to run their great engines and also 1/8 EP electronics for the 2017/2018 seasons. I can’t wait to race this awesome package.

Source: RC Concept [rcconcept.net]


December 2, 2016

Sawada brothers team up with Destiny

Sawada brothers team up with Destiny

Destiny have announced the signing of up and coming Japanese drivers Shin and Jin Sawada. At 17 years old, Jin already made several A-mains at the Japanese Nationals while 12 years old Shin already showed some very impressive speed and results. The first big race for the two was the recent AOC finale at Yatabe arena where Jin achieved a fine third place after the qualifiers.

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