Contact have announced their 2017 factory driver line up. Beside long established Robert Pietsch, who is in his seventh season and reigning 1/8th World Champion, Simon Kurzbuch, next year’s team will also see Germany’s up and coming Toni Gruber, who has shown some impressive results lately, including an overall 4th place at the 2016 Guan Kou Sunpadow GP in China.
Coming from Contact are all-new 1/8th nitro on-road tyres. Developed in conjunction with their international team drivers Simon Kurzbuch, Robert Pietsch and Tony Gruber the tyres are manufactured with new low sensitivity to high temperature material and they come on new black colour 5-spoke rims that offer a grub screw balancing system while being lightweight and more impact resistant. A new and improved glueing process increases durability and the tyres are cut and trued to a new front 38mm and rear 60.5mm width while offering a larger diameter of 53.9mm. Included come aerodynamic sticker discs and Contact decals.
Made from 6mm toughened glass are three new setup boards from Schumacher. Available in Schumacher, Core RC and Contact designs, the boards measure 40x30cm and are ideal for setting up 1/10th touring, GT10, LMP12, GT12 or 1/10th off-road buggies. Also available separately are three matching neoprene zip-up bags to protect the board during transportation.
Contact Tyres got in touch to tell us their drivers Dario Balestri, Simon Kurzbuch and Kyle Branson are in Italy this week testing at the famous Cassino track. The guys are putting in important mileage ready for the new season and so far things are looking good. Dario Balestri already made a new track record of 13.050 compared to the previous best seen at the track of 13.222 by Lamberto Collari. The guys will continue testing to provide better products throughout the week.
Contact RC have announced the addition of two top international drivers to their team line up for 2011. Michele Romagnoli was 5th at the 1/8th European Championship in Locorotondo last year and finalist of the last pre Worlds in Miami. After testing Contact Tyres he decided to use their tires from now and at the World Championship in Miami in a couple of weeks time. Another young Italian driver Stefano Pregnolato has also joined the Contact team. The 2009 Italian 1/8th scale champion in the Senior class, he is now very well settled in the very competitive Italian EFRA A class making the A final in the final Italian Championship race in Bologna last season. The new guys join the already strong line up of USA Champ Paul Lemieux, European Champ Robert Pietsch, Simon Kurzbuch, Jerome Renaux and US star DJ Apolaro.
Contact RC have announced their factory driver line up for 2011. Contact tyres have been making real progress in the foam tyre market and have achieved some excellent results in such a short space of time. This can only happen with the time and dedication of their drivers. They are pleased to announce that joining the already strong line up of USA Champion Paul Lemieux, European Champion Robert Pietsch and US star DJ Apolaro are up and coming young Swiss star Simon Kurzbuch (pictured), who has been impressing at recent large races, and Belgian Champion and European A finalist Jerome Renaux.
Contact RC have announced a new wheel for their competition foam tyres. The New black carbon rim is made to have increased stiffness for high speed circuits. On fast tracks with high speed corners the new rim allows more precise handling, especially in long corners and fast change of direction chicanes. The material used within the wheel provides constant stiffness even in very hot conditions and the Contact RC team have been testing these rims for some time and have been very impressed by the performance.
Just last weekend saw more great success for the new tyre brand Contact RC, this time at the European Championship 1/8th in Locorotondo, Italy. Mugen star Robert Pietsch took TQ, fastest individual lap and won the race heading it from start to finish. Robert was using the Contact tyres line and always looked the fastest on the demanding track. For the final Robert chose to start with brand new tyres straight out of the box because his car worked really well with large diameter tyres. This strategy proved to be the right one and Robert led the race from the first lap, completing a tyre change after 24 minutes and at that point he had a lead of one lap over Dario Balestri. After 45 minutes of hard racing Robert became the new European champion in 1/8th on road with his Mugen MRX-5 powered by Novarossi and gave Contact Tyres its first European Championships title at its first international race.