Italy’s A-Paint has announced the cooperation with reigning IFMAR Electric 4WD Buggy World Champion and current ETS Championship leader Bruno Coelho. Having debuted with the new colours in Riccione at the fourth round of the ETS, where he took a TQ and a convincing win, Bruno will now race with A-Paint treated bodyshells in every class he attends.
Italian company Capricorn have announced the signing of Rick Vrielijnck to their team. The former BMT driver, multi-time Dutch champion, Euro-A and Worlds A-finalist and will attend all major events in 2016 and he has the following to say about the deal:
I would like to let everyone know that from now on I will race for team Capricorn. I understand that it is not very loyal and common to switch teams after such a short period however I felt that we were working in a completely different direction. Exactly for this reason I think Capricorn is the best team since they are always working to improve their products and setups. Fortunately Patrizio Rossi wanted to work with me also so I am very happy to join team Capricorn for a long term.
Following one of it’s most competitive season openings, the first three rounds all producing different winners, the Yokomo Euro Touring Series switches to asphalt this weekend May 13-15) with a trip to Italy. With the country’s long awaited return to the ETS calendar finally made a reality last year, once again it is the beautiful Road Race Riccione RC Circuit Marco Simoncelli track that will host the close on 290 entries that make up the fourth round of the championship. While last year’s race would result in the end of a 15-race, 3-year run of podium finishes for reigning champion Ronald Volker, the Yokomo driver rates the track as one of the best in the world. Having finally registered his first win of Season #9 at Round 3 in Austria, last year’s Italian encounter would see the German finish only fourth despite being Top Qualifier as himself and Bruno Coelho had the first of a number of clashes that created tension between the rival factory drivers. With relations since improved, the tension now between Coelho and Marc Rheinard after an exchange of words in Austria last month, Volker will be looking to carry the momentum of his first ETS win in 5-races and make amends for his 2015 result by kicking off outdoor proceedings with a victory.
ARC USA have announced the signing of current 13.5 Reedy Race of Champions winner, Alan Hewitt. Alan will be using the ARC R11 chassis for the 2016 race season starting with the Reedy Race of Champions this month and he also will attend the ROAR Paved Nationals, IIC and several international races including the Asian On-road Championships. About the move to ARC Alan says:
I am overjoyed and filled with excitement to join Team ARC USA. The quality, fit and finish of the car is excellent. The car has so much corner speed and responds very well to setup changes. I would like to thank Paul Dabao and Willie Chung for this opportunity and hope to continue to learn and progress with the team.
Former World Champion, Daniele Ielasi and Germany’s Tobias Kerler will use Energy Fuel to power their rides for their 2016 campaigns. Developed by Pepe Group, the company behind the popular MLC fuel, Daniele and Tobias were very happy with the performance of the juice during their tests and they are now looking forward to a successful season.
Singapore-based Nelson Lee is the latest addition to Serpent’s growing Asia team, the manufacturer announced. Nelson will campaign the company’s latest Viper 977-Evo 1/8th scale nitro on-road car at the Singapore National series, the coming Futaba O.S. Cup as well as selected international events. Nelson says:
I am honoured and pleased to join Team Serpent. Being part of this prestigious RC brand is like a dream come true. Serpent has never failed to produce a championship winning car. I will race the proven Serpent 1/8 scale Viper-977 evo for the coming Futaba OS Cup and Singapore national series as well as attending some other international races. Finally I would to thank Atalon RC for giving me this opportunity.
Sunpadow have announced the signing of Gary Huang of Guangzhou to their factory team. A Modified Touring class A-main finisher at the recent AOC finale in Shanghai, alongside drivers such as Ronald Völker and Jilles Groskamp, Gary already made an impact in the scene and he will participate at both national and international events using Sunpadow’s range of LiPo batteries while also helping with product development and testing.
ARC have announced the signing of Luxembourg’s Dirk Rischard to their team. The former Serpent driver will use the company’s R8.0 2016 nitro on-road kit during this year’s campaign that will include appearances at events such as the Luxembourg and German National Championships, the ENS and other major races. Dirk has to say the following about the deal:
I started my racing career with Serpent and want to thank Serpent Motorsport and especially Ronald, Jirka and Michael to have supported me during the last years. But now it is time for a new challenge and I’m happy to announce to team up with ARC factory team. ARC has one of the most competitive car on the market and I will represent ARC at all major races on the 2016 calendar including ENS, the German and Luxembourg championship as official ARC factory driver and I’m sure together we can achieve good results. I would like to thank Jones Chu and John Ermen for putting the trust in me and for this awesome opportunity. I can’t wait to work with the new team and really looking forward to see you on the track.