Electric Touring Car World Champion Marc Rheinard is to stay with Tamiya with the announcement that the German ace has extended his contract with the world famous model company for a further two years. Having started out in the sport racing a Tamiya at the age of six, the now 24-year-old has been an official member of the Tamiya Racing Factory squad since winning the first of his three World ITSC titles in 2004. Having successfully defended his Touring Car World title on home soil last year, 2011 will see Rheinard focus on the 1:10 Electric Off Road World Championships with the former European Champion aiming for success with the Japanese company’s TRF201 in 2 wheel drive and new TRF502X in four wheel drive. Commenting on his new Tamiya contract Rheinard said:
My first ever rc race was with a Tamiya car and it is a great pleasure to be able to continue to represent this great company around the world for an eight season. We have enjoyed great success together and I am sure we can add to our list of achievements over the next two years. I think my heart has an imprint of the two Tamiya Stars on it now. Last year we achieved our goal by successfully defending the Touring Car World Championships and this year our focus is on getting a good result at the 1:10 Off Road Worlds in Finland, a challenge I am really looking forward to.