The 4th round of the Hungarian Nationals was held at the nice little track in Orosháza. The extreme temperatures were a hard challenge during the whole weekend, on Sunday it was around 39 degrees so it was a real test for the drivers, cars and engines. For Hungarian Shepherd Team it was a really successful weekend as they were able to take the 1st place in every category.
The fifth round of the JBRL took place at the Controlled Chaos Raceway and it was MIP’s Matt Olson who held onto the top qualifying spot for quite a while, until being nudged out by .8 second faster Chris Blais. In the A-Main, Blais and Dunford had the initial leads, then Olson climbed to second for several laps behind Blais until Matt shifted into second gear taking the win by four seconds. Second place went to Chris Blais (Losi) with Ryan Dunford taking the final spot on the podium.
Yannic Prumper finally ended his three year winning drought today at the season finale of the 2011/12 Yokomo Euro Touring Series when he won Leg 3 of the A-Main ahead of Xray’s Alexander Hagberg to claim the overall win in Austria over the Swede with Yokomo team mate Ronald Volker completing the podium. For Volker the podium was enough for the season’s only double race winner to retain the prestigious Ride Modified title in what has been the world famous electric Touring car’s most competitive championship to date.
Top Qualifier Yannic Prumper took an easy and comfortable win in the opening A-Main at the season finale of the the 2011/12 Yokomo Euro Touring Series heading a Yokomo 1-2 in Austria with defending champion Ronald Volker finishing 2.6 seconds adrift of his younger team-mate. Following his blistering pace in qualifying, Prumper was always expected to control the 5-minute encounter but as if the German needed any help he was practically handed the race at the first turn as the very fast starting No.3 HB of Andy Moore made contact with the No.2 Xray of title contender Alexander Hagberg. This dropped the pair to the tail end of the field, both eventually pulling off to save tyres, and allowed the No.4 prototype BD5 of Volker up to second where he would run untroubled for the entire race.
Team Yokomo’s Yannic Prumper is Top Qualifier for tomorrow’s 2011/12 Yokomo Euro Touring Series season finale after a bizzane change in track conditions in Traiskirchen, Austria, resulted in Turkish driver Mustafa Alp taking a surprise TQ for Q4. With just the top 3 heats left to run to complete qualifying the humidity suddenly shot from a 27% to over 66% resulting in a reaction with the sugar water on the roof covered asphalt track that left the worlds top drivers looking like drifters rather than touring car racers. While the freak track conditions didn’t effect much at the front of the grid it was to cost former World Champions Atsushi Hara and Hayato Matsuzaki any chance of making the final.
The 3rd round of the South African Championships were held in the city of Durban, from 30 June to 1 July. The organisers saw a record entry in both 1/10th Touring and 1/8th scale, on the most technical track in South Africa. Reigning South African Champion Wayne Joelson driving the Mugen Seiki MRX5 won all qualifying rounds, and after an engine cut in the 45 minute final managed to take back the lead and win with minutes remaining.
Tamiya Racing Factory’s Viktor Wilck has taken the second round of qualifying at the season finale of the 2011/12 Yokomo Euro Touring Series in Austria by just 58/1000ths of a second over Q1 top qualifier Yannic Prumper. Having pulled up early after traction rolling his Thunder Power equipped TRF417 in Q1 yesterday, Wilck had the benefit of fresh tyres for this morning’s heat and while pleased to TQ the round the Swede said all been equal in terms of tyres Prumper is in a different league this weekend. With Team Xray’s Alexander Hagberg using his second allocated set of controlled Ride R32 tyres to set the third fastest time, Prumper’s second fastest time was all the more impressive given the young German’s tyres had already produced a 21 lap TQ run.
Last weekend was the third round of the Factory Tracks Midwest Series at Pheasant Run Raceway. This fine, privately ran facility is located on the owner’s family farm in rural Michigan. The track conditions are a bit of a departure from most modern tracks, featuring a loosely packed surface with large jumps and bumps, which produce a lot of flying soil and excitement. In the always competitive 2wd open buggy class, Kyosho’s Jason Jakubczyk secured the pole position after three rounds of points style qualifying. In the main, the TQ man was able to get out to a good lead as the rest of the field fell into disarray. Jakubczyk was driving quickly but casually for most the race, until Mike Wells came through the field and began to turn up the heat. It came down to the final lap, and Wells was making some desperate moves to catch up to the leader. Jason managed to hang on for the victory, Wells would finish second, and FTMS organizer Al Horne would finish third. We’re now halfway through the series, and the points are adding up. The next event is August 4th at Dales RC in Genesse, MI.