Shepherd have announced the signing of 2-times Spanish National Champion, Eduardo Escandon to their factory team. The Euro-A Vice-Champion and ENS A-main finalist will use the latest version of Shepherd’s Velox V10 in the upcoming season. Edu plans to attend all ENS events as well as the EC-A in Mulhouse/, France and he had the following to say:
First of all I would like to thank KM group for their support over the last few years, but now I feel it’s time for a change. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with such a great team like Shepherd and I’m sure that it will be a big step forward for me at International races. I tested the car for the first time at my home Club setting a new track record, that´s amazing! Last but not least, thanks to Patrick Schäfer for giving me this opportunity, I´m really looking forward to the upcoming season. See you at the track.
Last weekend the second round of the Tonisport Onroad Series West took place at the Racing Arena Limburg. 60 entries made for a nice weekend of racing and already during practice Marcel Ellissen showed a strong performance topping the time sheets in the strong Formula class in front of regular ETS A-main finalists Jacques Libar and Jitse Miedema. In the opening qualifier Ellissen was the only driver to score 23 laps to take the round TQ and he was also the only driver of the weekend with a sub-13 seconds lap in his class. With another win in round 4 he was able to secure himself the pole-position for the A-main. In the first A-final Ellisson took an easy win in front of Jacque Libar and Torsten Dreiszus. Also in the second A-main he managed to open a gap over his rivals crossing the finishing line some 5 seconds in front of Jitse Miedema and Jacque Libar to take the overall victory. As Libar took the win in the 3rd A-main he secured himself the runner-up spot with Miedema completing the podium.
Following last week’s announcement of Ryan Cavalieri and David Ronnefalk as part of JConcepts’s 2017 race team line-up, the US company has welcomed more drivers to their team for this year. The latest additions include seasoned racers such as Jake Thayer, Tommy Hinz and Chris Jarosz but also a lot of up and coming talents that for sure will soon make an impact on the scene.
Pro-Line welcomes the newest Factory driver to the team, Dustin Evans. The former TLR and now Team Associated driver brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Pro-Line’s 1:10 off-toad team and Pro-Line look forward to working closely with him for this season and beyond.
RC Concept have announced that multiple EFRA European and French National Champion, Reno Savoya will be using Thor fuel for 2017. The TLR driver will power his RC Concept engines using the new juice and he has the following to say:
After many tests, I feel Thor Fuel is the best fuel I have ever run. The stability of my MC5R is awesome with it and I have gain almost 45sec runtime in every conditions. I am super happy, and I advice everyone to try this fuel.
Max Power have announced the addition of Italian frontrunner, Dario Balestri to their team. The multiple national and European champion recently joined the ever growing Infinity team and following several years with Capricorn and after using Max Power-built Tesla engines last year, he will now be running Max Power branded power plants in his 1/8th and 1/10th scale rides for 2017.
Round four of the Schumacher Indoor Masters was held this past weekend in Worksop. 14 heats of entries across the two classes of 2WD and 4WD buggy made once again for a huge entry. This time the Worksop track crew had designed a very fast and flowing circuit, so lap times were going to be pretty quick. As always the qualifying format was round by round, with the best two results to count towards the final and grid position. It was Danny McGee on form in 4WD qualifying, just ahead of Jack Neal and James Helliwell while in 2WD it was very close between Neil Cragg and Danny McGee all day, with both drivers taking two round TQ’s each, but Neil having the faster time which would see him line up on pole position. Adam Perei drove superb and would line up a brilliant 3rd on the grid.
The Spessart Race Park in Waldaschaff, Germany recently held their 7th annual Winter Race in snowy, icy conditions. The Winter weather with temperatures down to -9°C made for challenging racing conditions for drivers and machines and it was the Wende family that excelled with Marcus and Vanessa taking the top 2 positions after the qualifiers. Both then also won their respective semifinals with Marcus grabbing the pole position for the main final by one second from daughter Vanessa. After the 30-minute main final things looked a bit different up front as young Vanessa took the win from Marcus while Andreas Heublein completed an all-Xray podium lock-out.