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March 2, 2013

Surikarn C. wins FWD class at TITC 2013

Surikarn C. wins FWD class at TITC 2013

During the recent TITC 2013 race in Thailand beside the 4WD touring car classes also a race for FWD cars was held. The class is highly popular in Asia and it was former World Champion Surikarn C. (Huge) who took TQ followed by current IFMAR World Champion Jilles Groskamp (Tamiya) and Wang Hai Feng (TOP). The first of the triple A mains was won by Jilles with Surikarn in tow. Third place went to 3Racing driver Kit Chau. Come the second final Surikarn was able to defend the top spot with Kit in second place. Jilles had a terrible run and ended in fourth place. In the deciding final Surikarn took of and never looked back taking the win in the third A main and also the overall title. Wang finished in second and Kit in third position handing Jilles Groskamp the runner-up spot followed by Kit Chau.

Thanks for Surikarn Chaidajsuriya for sending the report.


March 2, 2013

Volker takes Q4 after Hagberg shuts down

Volker takes Q4 after Hagberg shuts down

Having sat out Q2 & 3,  Q1 top qualifier Ronald Volker took the fourth round of qualifying at the ETS in Gran Canaria but only after Alexander Hagberg suffered a speedo shut down three & a half minutes in to the run while on target for his first TQ run.  Despite running his second set of new tyres Volkers run was over 8 seconds slower than his Q1 pace due to the hotter track conditions and a windy spell in the final minute of the top heat which made for tricky conditions.  Marc Fischer took his Serpent to the second fastest time 1.4 seconds behind Volker with Dominic Fleischmann third in his Yokomo.

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March 2, 2013

Wilck TQs 2nd qualifier at ETS Round 3

Viktor Wilck

Having pulled up right after the start of opening round of qualifying in Gran Canaria yesterday Tamiya’s Viktor Wilck was able to capitalize on fresh tyres this morning taking Q2 at Round 3 of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series ahead of the Yokomo’s of Yannic Prumper and Loic Jasmin who both also had the advantage of fresh tyres.  Best of those on used tyres was Team Xray’s Alexander Hagberg who posted the fourth fastest time.  Having TQ’d the opening qualifier Ronald Volker became the latest driver to play the tyre strategy games pulling up immediately after crossing the start line in Q2. Originally scheduled to be the best 2 rounds counting from five, a change to the timetable has added a sixth round of qualifying with three rounds now to count meaning every driver will need to run at least once on used tyres.

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March 1, 2013

Protoform T-HD lightweight body

Protoform T-HD lightweight body

The Protoform T-HD has proven to be the most versatile and successful oval race body on the market since its debut in 2009. In order to lower the car’s overall weight and centre or gravity Protoform now release a lightweight version pulled from .025” genuine lexan. The body is made to fit all the latest oval pan-car chassis designs and features multiple molded in trim lines in order to meet TOUR body height specifications for capped tire racing, foam tire racing as well as the ultra-slammed Saturday night “run what ya brung” style of racing. The T-HD is a high downforce design specifically shaped for the multitude of flat tracks. The included decal sheet gives you a choice of four sets of headlights and four different grill layouts.

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March 1, 2013

Volker takes Q1 at ETS Gran Canaria

Volker takes Q1 at ETS Gran Canaria

Ronald Volker has TQ’d the opening round of qualifying at the Yokomo Euro Touring Series in Gran Canaria, the defending champion setting the fastest time ahead of last year’s top 2 finishers on the holiday island with Alexander Hagberg just 2/10th off the German’s pace with last year’s winner Christopher Krapp completing the Top 3.  Having set the pace in practice Team Yokomo’s Yannic Prumper pulled up after three laps to save tyres after he lost time when got out of shape through the sweeper leading on to the main straight.

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March 1, 2013

Hagberg tops first timed practice in Gran Canaria

Hagberg tops first timed practice in Gran Canaria

Team Xray’s Alexander Hagberg set the pace in the first timed practice for the 3rd Round of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series in Gran Canaria where it was a Swedish 1-2 with Viktor Wilck taking his Tamiya to the second fastest time over 3-consecutive laps just 15/1000th ahead of Yokomo’s Yannic Prumper. Last year’s winner Christopher Krapp posted the 7th fastest time while defending champion Ronald Volker was 5th.

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March 1, 2013

Darren Bloomfield joins Vampire Racing

Darren Bloomfield joins Vampire Racing

Vampire Racing is proud to announce the latest addition to their factory racing team in the form of UK super star and 1/8th EFRA IC buggy European Champion Darren Bloomfield. Driving for Team Losi Racing, Darren will use Vampire Racing’s full line electric components such as the upcoming AB+ V2 brushless motors, SR1+ controllers and the company’s latest LiPo competition batteries. The Briton already achieved the first race victory for his new sponsor by TQ’ing and winning the recent Off Road Wars race at Maritime Racing leaving Jörn Neumann and Lee Martin behind.

Source: Vampire Racing [vampire-racing.com]


March 1, 2013

VBC FF Twelve FWD kit

VBC FF Twelve FWD kit

VBC Racing introduce the FF Twelve belt-driven front wheel drive car. The kit features a 2.5mm carbon fibre chassis with 2.0mm upper deck, 3.5mm shock mounts and improved chassis flex for improved corner speed, traction and stability. It also features the innovative belt drive transmission with 2.4375 internal ratio, 7075-T6 hard coated belt pulleys and repositioned motor mount. The transmission case is designed to also hold Tamiya FF03 gear internals while the aluminium front bumper support allows for better motor cooling due to an airflow design. Other features include a floating servo mount, dual bellcrank aluminium steering system, hard compound suspension components, high-quality aluminium suspension mounts and shocks, front and rear anti-roll bars, aluminium turnbuckles and full rubber sealed bearings.

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