The opening round of the TTS Championship was held at the Team NCRC Arena indoor track in Northern Cyprus in the three classes of Touring Car Modified, 13.5T Stock and Formula 21.5T. Proven “ETS” carpet made for high grip and a good level of competition. Finally in the Touring Car Modified class Amet Kasap came out successful in front of Niyazi Deniz and Eril Ucar.
The annual Thailand International Touring Car Championships was held this past weekend at the RC Addict Circuit in Bangkok, Thailand, home of the 2012 IFMAR 1/10 Nitro World Championship. More than 300 drivers competed in the five electric on-road classes of Touring Car Modified, Open Brushless, Non Boost, Formula and a Junior Class. Tyre strategy and car setup was crucial in getting the car dialled for the ever changing condition of the fast and flowing track with some sections being very bumpy, but the track offered high traction most of the time. In the Open Brushless Class, PY Tang was in control of things, scoring the only 19-lap run in controlled practise to top the group. On qualification day 1, PY again showed that that he was the man to beat, topping the time sheet in the first three qualifiers, securing the overall TQ just on day 1. On day 2 PY ran old tyres taking 3rd fastest in Q4 and Q5, allowing him to use the last fresh set of tyres from the qualifiers in the finals and in addition to the two fresh sets of rubber the A-main finalists received.
The 2015 Cabin Fever Classic was held this past weekend at the Lewiston Round-up Fairgrounds in Lewiston, Idaho. This annual event is typically the first major event in the Pacific Northwest each year. This year’s event attracted racers from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and even Canada. Friday consisted of open practice, Saturday had 3 rounds of qualifying using the qual points format, and Sunday was triple A-Mains for electric and 30-45 mains for nitro.
New from FX comes the K5 DC 1/8th off-road competition racing engine. It is based on the 5K and brings all the refinements and improvements based on the experiences gained from the previous racing seasons and a European vice-Champion title. The refined engine features a new, sealed combustion chamber insert with larger surface for improved heat transition to the engine head, a redesigned lightweight engine head with improved cooling, a new carburettor with optimised needles which lead to easier to adjust mixture settings and the K5 also has a more linear power supply. The engine uses a refined manufacturing process and it comes with a DLC diamond coated crankshaft, a high-precision German rear ceramic bearing and a premium Japanese front bearing. The K5 is available as engine only or including muffler and manifold.
Today French company RB Products issued a statement regarding the company’s future and to avoid any misleading rumours. From what is understood a shareholder of RB Products ran into financial problems but RB Products is currently working in a normal fashion and the 2015 engine range will be introduced next week. Support and products supply currently is unaffected by the new circumstances and restructuring will be finalised in March.
For some time, the GR Fi Group (a shareholder in RB Products) encountered difficulties with its banking partners. The best option was to be placed under the protection of the Commercial Court of Grenoble. Therefore, its subsidiary RB Products, is now under the same protection. The goal of this action is to ensure the continuation of the activity by the intervention of a new shareholder.
Xray has announced the contract renewal with young and talented Mike Gosvig from Denmark for the 2015 season. Mike is multi-class and multi-time Danish Champion and recently got on the podium at the ETS as well. Mike will be racing both on-road and off-road classes during his upcoming campaign and he had the following to say:
I have been racing Xray off-road cars this season, and the T4 since the European championship, and I am very happy and satisfied with everything – cars, products and the support that I get. I’m so proud to be a part of Team Xray, and I’m looking forward to the new 2015 season, and a successful year with all my Xray cars! I am very confident and proud to be part of one of the most successful and professional RC car teams in the world.
Fresh off his A-final appearance at the Euro Touring Series event in Germany and 3rd place at the ICC event last weekend, multi-time World Championship A Finalist Elliott Harper has confirmed he has teamed up with Intellect Battery to run their range of IP-branded LiPo batteries in his Schumacher cars. Elliott had the following to say:
It is great to announce that I will be running the IP/Intellect batteries in 2015 and beyond. To have a deal with one of the largest LiPo battery manufacturers in the world is amazing and a unique opportunity. To be their first directly supported driver is a huge honour and the perfect way to complete my 2015 race package. Thank you to Intellect and especially Oliver Ng for placing their trust in me and I can’t wait to run the brand new packs in the next race!
The annual Thailand International Touring Championships was held in hot and humid Bangkok, Thailand over the weekend. For the 2015 edition the event came back to the famous RC Addict circuit. The race is particularly difficult and competitive since many of the world’s top RC drivers call Bangkok their home and this year the event saw more than 300+ competitors from all over Asia attending in five different classes. The super competitive Modified class as usual saw most of the world’s top drivers attending. As usual tyre strategy was key as every driver was allowed a maximum of four sets for the six rounds of qualifying of which three counted towards the qualifying result. In the end Alexander Hagberg managed to take the overall TQ with two 1st place and one 2nd place finishes in front of teammate Bruno Coelho.