Xray have confirmed that multiple US National Champion Paul Lemieux will compete at the season finale of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series at the Hudy Arena in Slovakia from the 19th to 21st of July. The Factory Xray driver has made a number of appearances at the World renowned series, his most recent coming last year at the fifth round of the championship in the Netherlands, prior to him winning the Worlds warmup race. Fielding a strong factory team, Xray are looking to put on a good showing at what is the company’s test track, with Paul being joined by ETS regulars Alexander Hagberg, Magnus Vassmar & Martin Hudy and in Pro Stock, Championship leader, Marek Cerny who is looking to wrap up the title. Set to be a spectacular battle on track, the Hudy Arena have been pulling out all the stops to ensure that everything is equally spectacular off track as well, going so far as organising tours of the Xray factory to all racers wishing to get a rare glimpse behind the scenes of this state of the art facility. For those wishing to compete in this the final race of our sixth season, entries are still open here and more information can be found here.
The ROAR 1/8th scale Nationals were held last weekend at Gulf Coast Raceway in Porter, Texas with the race seeing battles for the coveted buggy & truggy titles, won last year by Ty Tessmann. Qualifying in the buggy class was dominated by TLR’s young gun Dakotah Phend ahead of Tessmann, Truhe and Drake, while in Truggy it was all HB’s Ty Tessmann ahead of Phend with TLR team mates Drake and Truhe once again completing the Top 4. Cruel luck in the Semis as Phend lost a throttle servo and was out along with Tebo and Cavalieri and so having dominated his semi Tessmann would line up on pole position for the 45 minute long final. The final started well for the Canadian, who would lead for the majority of the race but in the end a mechanical issue would mean retirement and allow Adam Drake to take over the lead which he would never relinquish, taking his third National title in front of team mate Truhe in 2nd with Kyosho’s Cody King in 3rd. In the earlier Truggy final, Tessmann would dominate, retaining his Truggy title winning by over a lap from Durango’s Ryan Lutz, with Mike Truhe taking, what would be the first of two podium spots, in 3rd.
The 2013 1/10th IC National series kicked off at the Mendip Model Racing Club over the weekend of the 30th and 31st of March. The weather for the weekend was dry on both days, with outbreaks of sunshine but chilling breezes. Numbers for each class were as follows, 24 200mm and 20 Sports GT. Mark Green was back once again to start his title defence with Peter Hastings sitting out this racing season meaning that a new Sports GT champion will be crowned. On the Saturday Glyn Beal would lead the way setting a blistering pace with returning Richard Draycott and Adam Crossland following suit. In 200mm it was much tighter at the top with Mark Green, Alex Thurston and Joe Kerry all setting quick lap times.
Top Qualifier Marc Rheinard has won the second A-Main at the fifth round of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series, the German driver heading a dominant 1-2 for the Tamiya team ahead of team-mate Jilles Groskamp with Yokomo’s Yannic Prumper finishing third. Benefiting from running on brand new tyres having saved them from qualifying, the former ETS Champions pulled clear of the opposition to win by 6 seconds from Prumper who after retiring after just 4-laps in the first A-main also had the benefit of fresh rubber.
2011 Dutch ETS race winner Marc Rheinard has put himself in the best position possible to repeat that success and claim his first win of the current Yokomo Euro Touring Series season after the World Champion topped the final round of qualifying at Apeldoorn to secure the overall TQ honours ahead of Tamiya team-mate Jilles Groskamp and Serpent’s Marc Fisher.