This past weekend was the penultimate round 6 of the CWIC Xray Racing Series UK. In Super Touring Olly Jefferies further cemented his dominance on the class with another back-to-back finals win. Jon Seals followed Olly at the finish line claiming second and building further on his 4th place last round, BGR’s Tom Green took the 3rd sport on the podium.
Last weekend’s Swiss RC Indoor Masters in Chiaso, Switzerland not only saw the running of a 21.5T Formula class but also Touring and Pan Car categories. In Touring Modified Michele Manzo TQ’d the opening two qualifiers to grab the overall TQ from Florian Hauser in second and Fabian Widmer in third. The opening A-main was a pretty close affair with Michele and Florian being separated by only about 0.4s on the line while in A2 Michele suffered from a DNF which made things interesting for A3. The final A-main then again had Michele and Florian battling for the win with the better end for Michele who would take the leg win with a one second margin over Florian. Overall Michele would take the day’s win from Florian with Oliver Krähemann in third.
Bruno Coelho has successfully defended his TITC title after a thrilling A3 at the Infinity Addict Circuit in Thailand with the Xray driver afterwards describing the victory as the ‘hardest win of (his) career’. Winning the opening final with ease, he would crash out of A2 while leading meaning the 15th running of Asia’s most famous race would be decided between him and A2 winner Nicolas Lee in the closing encounter. Securing the overall TQ on a tie breaker with Infinity’s Jilles Groskamp, it was the Dutch driver who despite no longer being in title contention would put him under the most pressure as he had done in A2. Running bumper to bumper, Groskamp would hit Coelho allowing Ronald Volker to go to the front but it was now the battle for second that got all the attention. Having the fastest winning time, second would still be enough for Coelho to give Xray its third consecutive TITC win but having waited following the contact, Groskamp wanted to get the pass on the ETS Champion. Applying intense pressure however he couldn’t get it done as Coelho, despite the Bangkok heat, kept his cool to get the all important P2 for a win even his great rival Volker said afterwards he didn’t get easy. While Lee would get 2nd, something he was guaranteed after A2, Volker would somehow pull off an unexpected podium with 3rd thanks to his A3 win leaving Groskamp to miss the podium at what is now his home race.
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The opening round of the Andalusia 1/8th off-road regional championship was held in Sevilla this past weekend. In the 1/8th Nitro Buggy A-main Juan Carlos Canas took the win from Zacarias Villalba in second. Agustin Illanes would come in third to round out an all-Mugen/Ultimate podium.
The Mini Racing Chiasso organised Swiss RC Indoor Masters was held in Chiasso, Switzerland. In the Formula class Italy’s Simone Brocca (Fenix) brought home the TQ and win from Xray’s Davide Carbone in second. Fenix driver Matteo Berlincioni would round out the podium result in third.
The 2017 Reedy International Touring Car Race of Champions will be held from the 25th to 28th of May, again at the Tamiya America Circuit in Aliso Viejo, California. Considered to be one of the most anticipated and prestigious RC races in the world the event will see open Modified, 13.5T and 17.5T Touring Car classes in addition to the event highlight, the Invitational class that features the best drivers in the world racing head-to-head over 12 rounds for the coveted title of Reedy Race Champion. Entries open Monday 20th of February here and will be taken on a first come, first served basis. More information about the event can soon be found on the official event website here.
LRP have announced the signing of Spain’s Juan Carlos Canas to their factory team. The EFRA 1/8th Buggy European B Champion will use LPR brushless motors, speed controllers, batteries, chargers and accessories for his 1/8th E-Buggy and nitro campaign and he has the following to say about the deal:
I want to thank LRP for this chance. I am very happy and exited and all products work perfectly together while the technical support is incredible. LRP is extremely helpful in every manner and I can really concentrate on my driving. I will give everything this season to achieve the best results possible. I am really grateful and I am looking forward to a very successful time together.
The 2017 Winternats were held in Fort Myers, Florida over the weekend. As usual the event attracted some of the country’s fastest on-road drivers as well as guests from abroad. In the premier 1/8th Open class the A-main was a thrill from start to finish. Roniel Regalado brought home the victory after driving a great final. Paolo Morganti had a great comeback from last place to finished second with UK’s Mark Green completing the podium in third, with all three finishing within about three seconds. A special mention goes to DJ Apolaro who was leading the race and had to retire due to a battery malfunction two laps before the end finishing fourth.