Yokomo domination continues as Matsukura tops Q3

Yokomo domination continues as Matsukura tops Q3

Yokomo continues to be the dominant force in qualifying at the 8th running of the electric Touring Car World Championships in Florida. Continuing the form of the opening two qualifiers again it was a Yokomo 1-2, with Naoto Matsukura posting a second TQ run ahead of Q2 pace setter Ronald Volker with the pair separated by just 1/10th of a second. A considerable three & a half seconds off, Marc Rheinard was again best of the rest with the Tamiya driver posting another third fastest time.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Volker TQ’s second qualifier

Volker TQ's second qualifier

Ronald Volker got Day 3 of the Touring Car World Championships underway with a TQ run, the second round of qualifying again producing a Yokomo 1-2 with yesterday’s Q1 pace setter Naoto Matuskura second fastest. Tamiya’s Marc Rheinard would again complete the Top 3 with the surprise of the event Bruno Coelho posting an impressive fourth for Team Xray.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Matsukura takes first qualifier at Touring Car Worlds

Matsukura takes first qualifier at Touring Car Worlds

Naoto Matsukura headed a Yokomo 1-2 in the opening round of qualifying at the Touring Car World Championships in Kissimmee, the Japanese driver 1.2 seconds faster than team-mate Ronald Volker over 5-minutes. The only other driver to run 18-laps of the Full Throttle RC Raceway track, Tamiya’s Marc Rheinard completed the Top 3, finishing just 1/10th of a second off Volker. Having some issues with traffic and suffering a crash reigning champion Jilles Groskamp got his title defence underway with an 8th for Q1.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Coelho stars in slower CP2

Coelho stars in slower CP2

European Championship Top Qualifier Bruno Coelho caused a bit of a surprise in the second round of controlled practice with the Xray driver setting the second fastest time behind Ronald Volker. In general a slower practice, due to it taking place during the hottest time of the day, the Portuguese driver’s time was good enough to put him third overall in the reseed for qualifying. Topping the time sheets, Volker couldn’t improve on his CP1 pace due to the hotter conditions but also compounded by an issue of his opening lap starting early due to position of his car on the start line. Race officials have since moved and marked out a new starting line further back around the corner on which the loop is positioned.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Volker tops first controlled practice

Volker tops first controlled practice

Ronald Volker topped the first round of controlled practice at the Touring Car World Championships in Florida, the Yokomo driver fastest over 3-consecutive laps from the Tamiya’s of Marc Rheinard and Viktor Wilck. Having set the pace in yesterday’s open practice Volker’s team Naoto Matsukura had a very short lived start to Day 2 as he managed only two timed laps before hitting the boards at the end of the straight and popping a tie rod.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Jerome Sartel joins Team Losi Racing

Jerome Sartel joins Team Losi Racing

Horizon Hobby welcome Jerome Sartel to the Horizon Hobby and Team Losi Racing Family. Jerome is well known worldwide for his professionalism, his off-road driving skills, and his excellent communication but also for his availability as a true ambassador to the RC Industry both on and off the track. Jerome will be in charge of developing our surface category brands as well as our marketing and event management in France. He will also be directly supporting the French Team Losi Racing drivers. Aside from these tasks Jerome will continue his successful driving career under the Team Losi Racing colors.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

SA Gas On-road Championships final round – Report

SA Gas On-road Champs final round – Report

The final round of the South African gas on-road championships was held at the RC Zone track in Middelburg. In the 1/8th scale class Wayne Joelson was the man to beat after taking TQ with Antonio Caroli having bad luck being disqualified in two of the qualifying rounds due to his car being under the minimum weight limit having lost weights during two of the qualifying rounds. Antonio made up for that in the final round by qualifying in second place and setting the fastest lap of the last round.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Yokomo stamps authority on Day 1 of World Champs

Yokomo stamps authority on Day 1 of World Championships

Team Yokomo has stamped its authority on Day 1 of the Touring Car World Championships in Florida with their drivers filling the Top 3 spots on the time sheets at the end of the four rounds of practice. While the timing is based on 3-consecutive laps rather than overall 5-minute pace, most drivers running two cars during each practice, the Japanese manufacturer has still laid it down to their rivals at the Kissimmee track. Improving his P3 topping pace by almost 4/10ths of a second, Naoto Matsukura headed the times from Ronald Volker with Atsushi Hara improving by almost a second in P4 to move up to third. After crashing & breaking in P3, Viktor Wilck is the closest to the pace of the Yokomo trio taking his Tamiya to the fourth fastest time ahead of team-mate Marc Rheinard.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

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