November 27, 2022

Sam Isaacs does double at U.S. Indoor Champs

Sam Isaacs has done the double at the 42nd running of the U.S. Indoor Champs in Cleveland, the Awesomatix driver taking home the win in both Mod Touring Car and Mod 1:12.  In Touring Car the title was decided by a single A-Main.  Starting second on the grid, Isaacs went to the front on lap 2 as Top Qualifier Keven Hebert plummeted down the order.  Behind, Schumacher’s Michal Orlowski followed Isaacs home to claimed second with Kemp Anderson’s Awesomatix close on his bumper completing the podium.  Fourth would go to Alexander Hagberg who crossed line in front of his recovering Xray team-mate Hebert in P5.   1:12 would be decided by triple A-Mains.  Having secured the TQ, Isaacs took A1 from Donny Lia who came through from 5th on the grid.  A2 who see Lia go one better and win from Hagberg as Isaacs finished 4th behind Orlowski.  With one final 8-minute encounter to decide things, Isaacs led A3 when it counted most having relinquished the lead to Lia for 3 laps earlier in the race.  While Ollie Payne took second in A3, overall it was Lia second, Anderson third and Orlowski 4th.

Stock Image: U.S. Indoor Champs [Facebook]


November 27, 2022

Volker claims first win of ETS title defence

Reigning champion Ronald Volker has secured the first win of his ETS title defence as he took victory at the opening indoor race of the season in Germany today.  Having secured the overall TQ from Marc Rheinard, the Mugen driver would lead home his title rival in the opening A-Main encounter and win again in A2, this time from Lucas Urbain, to become the fifth different winner in as many rounds.  With Awesomatix’s Rheinard going on to win A3 to secure second overall, the duo now sit equal at the top of the points standings.  Round 4 winner Urbain completed the podium in Munden ahead of Apeldoorn winner Yannick Prumper and Aigen winner Christopher Krapp.  Overall it is Yokomo’s Krapp who holds third in the points with one round remaining in Daun in January, where last year Volker took the win and title.

Image: ETS [Facebook]


November 26, 2022

Hebert claims TQ at U.S. Indoor Champs

Keven Hebert is the Mod Touring Car Top Qualifier at the U.S. Indoor Champs in Cleveland, Ohio.  The 42nd running of this legendary indoor race, which has attracted over 350 entries, the Xray driver laid down the fastest time of the rocket round qualifying format in the third of the four rounds of qualifying.  The Top 3 times would in fact all come from Q3, with Awesomatix’s Sam Isaacs securing second on the grid with a time 6/10th off that of the Canadian.  Schumacher’s Michal Orlowski was a further 1/10th of a second off locking the European visitor into 3rd on the grid.  With 47 races making up a packed schedule each round, Kemp Anderson would top the final qualifier with his fastest run but he stays P4 on the grid ahead of the Xray of Alexander Hagberg with Chase Lemeiux completing the Top 6.  In Mod 1:12, it was Isaacs who took the TQ with the fastest time in Q4 ahead of Anderson.  Hagberg will start third followed by Ollie Payne, Donny Lia and Orlowski.

Image: Keven Hebert [Facebook]


November 26, 2022

Volker secures TQ for first ETS Indoor encounter

Fresh from his win ahead of Bruno Coelho and Christopher Krapp at the EWS International in the UK last weekend, Ronald Volker has carried that form on carpet into the first ETS Indoor encounter of the season by securing the overall TQ for Round 5 in Germany today.  The Mugen driver secured pole position from longest standing rival Marc Rheinard with both drivers enjoying two TQ runs each from the four qualifiers.  With Volker taking the opening round, this would prove to be the fastest round giving him the tie breaker.  Behind the two Germans, ETS Luxembourg winner Lucas Urbain will start the finals from 3rd ahead of the factory Yokomo pairing of Yannic Prumper and Krapp.

File Image: Ronald Volker [Facebook]


November 25, 2022

Maifield signs for Tekno RC

Confirmation of Ryan Maifield’s much anticipated switch to Tekno RC has just been confirmed with the American manufacturer  announcing they are,  “pleased to welcome Ryan Maifield to the factory team. Ryan is well known in RC racing as his long list of achievements speaks for itself. From the many world and national championships, to the dozens and dozens of major event wins, he has proven time and again why he is considered to be one of the best drivers to ever compete in RC.  Ryan has incredible talent, vast knowledge of RC cars, and a large network of sponsors and fans who support him. Combined with his unique approach to racing, he has a competitive edge that fuels his strong desire to win. Like many of the greats, he is well-versed in 1/8th and 1/10th scale off-road racing disciplines. We’ll be working closely with him to refine our current products and to develop new vehicles for our valued customers to enjoy.  We can’t help but be excited for the 2023 racing season!!” On the announcement Maifield said, “I’m excited to be a part of the Tekno program!! I have driven the vehicles and have been very impressed with the speed, adjustability, and quality of the products. After spending some time with the crew behind the scenes, I was able to see how much commitment and passion goes into these vehicles.”

Source: Tekno [teknorc.com]


November 24, 2022

Mazzeo departs Serpent

Alessio Mazzeo has announced his departure from Serpent.  Having rejoined the manufacturer at the start of 2020 after a stint with Xray, indications the partnership that netted second place at the 2016 1:10 Nitro World Championship were in trouble surfaced when the Italian didn’t turn up in Thailand as expected for the latest 1:10 World Championships.  On his Facebook page Mazzeo said, ‘I will never be your rival and always a fan of the brand. Thank you for everything and all the best for the future. I will continue to push over my limit to follow my dream. Thank you Serpent, thank you guys.  Vi voglio bene.  Ciao ciao.  Alessio.”

Source: Alessio Mazzeo [Facebook]


November 21, 2022

Orlowski overall Champion at Florida Carpet Champs

Michal Orlowski has been crowned the overall Modified Champion at the Florida Carpet Champs.  Held at Beachline Raceway of Cocoa over the weekend, the indoor carpet event attracted a star line up of 1:10 Offroad drivers with qualifying seeing TLR’s Dakotah Phend the man to beat as he claimed both the 2WD and 4WD TQ.  While 2WD qualifying would see a different driver top each of the three qualifiers, topping Q3 would be enough for Orlowski to secure P2 on the grid with reigning World Champion Spencer Rivkin putting his Associated 3rd having topped Q2.  In 4WD, Phend was in dominant form taking all three heats.  Behind, Rivkin secured second on the grid from the Schumachers of Broc Champlin and Orlowski.  In the 2WD A-Main, the Top 3 would finish as they started with Phend getting the job done in A2 with his second straight win.  4WD however would see things go to A3.  While Phend won A1 from Orlowski, it would be Champlin with the A2 win as Orlowski suffered a DNF and Phend finished third behind Norway’s Daniel Kobbevik.  All to play for in A3,  it was Orlowski who came through for the leg win from Rivkin, Champlin and Phend.  Taking the overall 4WD win from team-mate Champlin with Phend completing the podium, combined with his second overall in 2WD it was the European visitor who was crowned the overall Modified Champion of the 2022 Florida Carpet Champs.

Source: Florida Carpet Champs [Facebook]


November 20, 2022

Volker wins EWS International with dominant performance

Ronald Volker has taken victory at the first major international indoor race of the Electric Touring Car Winter season with a dominant performance at EWS International in Essex, England.  The Mugen driver was in flying form throughout the weekend topping all four qualifiers to secure the TQ ahead of newly crowned back to back World Champion Bruno Coelho and World Championship Runner-Up Christopher Krapp.  In the finals, the former World Champion was again untouchable winning all three A-Mains from Coelho’s Xray with Krapp’s Yokomo completing the podium.  Making it four different manufacturers in the Top 4, Awesomatix’s Lucas Urbain finished fourth. In Pro-Stock Xray’s Alexandre Duchet took the win while in Front Wheel Drive it was also an Xray victory thanks to Germany’s Stefan Schulz.

Image: Bruno Coelho [Facebook]