Controlled practice at the opening round of the 2016 Asian Onroad Championships at RCI V2 in Shanghai is now over and in the Modified Touring Car class it was local superstar JJ Wang who is top seed for qualifying. Holding a small advantage over his competitors, the next fastest driver was Yokomo’s Ronald Volker who was just under 1/10th of a second slower than the Chinese American driver over 3 laps. 2012 World Champion Jilles Groskamp was 3rd fastest, and along with JJ was the only driver to post a sub 10 second lap.
Continue reading this report here or view our complete event coverage here.
The opening round of the 6-race F1ITA REmilia Championship, a sister series of the F1ItalienSeries, was held at the Romagnoli Arena, near Bologna, Italy. Each race weekend of the championships consists of two GP called races and offers up to 100 minutes of track time for the drivers with the long run final, with two mandatory pit stops, being yet alone being 16 minutes long. As for the results at round 1, Manuele Zotti took wins at both the GP 1 and GP2 race with young Luca Romagnoli taking the two runner-up spots. The third places belonged to Pierluigi Guerrini in the Competition race and to Samuele Romagnoli in the Long Run race. The next races will be held in Reggio Emilia and Bologna with the final meeting in October being held at the Riccione Circuit, host of the Italian ETS meeting.
Xtreme Aerodynamics have announced the signing of reigning 1/8th Nitro On-road World Champion, Simon Kurzbuch to their factory team. The Shepherd factory driver will use Xtreme Aerodynamics’ full line of bodies and accessories throughout the 2016 season.
Indonesian front runner, Bowie Ginting has teamed up with Italian company Novarossi. Bowie will use Novarossi engines, exhausts and accessories in his upcoming nitro on-road campaign and he has the following to say about the deal:
I would like to thank Mrs. Graziosa Barchi for this wonderful opportunity, also a huge appreciation goes to Michael S Nugroho for his help and effort. Looking forward to give my best in onroad with Novarossi.
The 2016 Losi Korea Championship was recently held at the Banwol Ansan circuit in the three classes of 1/8th Nitro Buggy, Nitro Truggy and E-Buggy. The event attracted a good amount of drivers to compete on the hard-packed yet dusty track and in the premier 1/8th Buggy class it was Byunghoon Choi who took the day’s win from Bumkyu Kim and Kwangbok Lee. In the Nitro Truggy class it was Wonkyu Joo who came out fastest in the main final from Yongjun Lee in second and Kabdong Lee in third. Finally in the 1/8th E-Buggy class it was again Wonkyu Joo who ended the day on the highest step of the podium with Jaekuk Yoo and Danseok Lee rounding out the podium result.
Round one of the French 200mm Nitro Touring Championships was held at the AMCC track. Capricorn’s Quentin Leroux took the TQ after the qualifiers and he would continue to be on top of things in the main final as he took the day’s win from Nicolas Bougnoteau (Mugen) and Thomas Guillon (Capricorn) in second and third respectively. Basile Concialdi (Shepherd) and on-road newcomer Ahmed Kerfati (KM) would round out the top 5 result.
Alessio Mazzeo got his GT season off to a perfect start, TQing and winning the first round of Italian GT8 Nationals on the Cassino track. Alessio’s team mate Michele Baruzzi finished second behind Alessio while Riccardo Scanziani rounded out the podium.
Round one of the Portuguese On-road Nationals was held at the Coimbra track in rainy weather conditions. After a rained out qualification the weather seemed to turn to the better around lunch break and come the start of the main final the weather situation was open and unclear if it would start to rain again or not. Carlos Manual, who had some mixed qualifiers, opted to go for rain tyres shortly before the start and at the tone he just waited for the other drivers to take off to see how his car would behave. To his surprise his Xray was very drivable and after gaining confidence he managed to make up the lost time and by lap 8 he was in front of the pack and from there he was able to control the gap and to bring home the win from Franco Vilarinho (Mugen) in second and Tiago Afonso (KM) in third.