Mugen team driver René Puepke has captured his second win in the fifth and ultimate round of the Western German Championship 1/10 nitro 2009. On the track of the 2008 German Nationals at Hamm near Dortmund the E.C. (B) finalist took TQ and won the 30 minutes final in style. Already seven laps down was Bernd Rausch who lost three laps when a spring cap trailed away following an incident. For the Kyosho driver it was the fourth visit on the podium with two second and two third places. The last spot on the Podium went to local hero Daniel Thiele who pushed his Mugen at the end to pass the Xray of Claus Nauth in the very last lap.
‘I have been second so many times, finally I am first’, was how your new European Electric Touring Car Champion Jilles Groskamp summed up his victory here in Luxembourg. Having been a Top Qualifier on two previous occasions at the EFRA Championships, the factory Tamiya/Speedpassion driver made it third time lucky, converting his pole position into victory with wins in Leg 2 & 3. Starting the third leg, with four drivers still in contention for the 2009 title, the Dutch ace lead from start to finish but said another bad set of tyres had made his car loose. Still managing to set the fastest lap of the race, Groskamp believes he would have had his work cut out if outgoing champion Marc Rheinard and 2007 Champion Ronald Volker had not controversially come together on lap 6.
After his dramas in the opening leg Top Qualifier Jilles Groskamp made it look easy in the second to take the win over Ronald Volker. The Tamiya Racing Factory driver lead from start to finish on the dry track with the only challenge coming from his teammate Wilck but that ended when the Swede hit tyre problems. There was a few tense moments for Groskamp after the race when scruntineers found one of the four tyres on his TRF416WE was registered to title rival Volker. Under the rules this would have meant exclusion for the Dutch driver but the Team Yokomo team came to the rescue and produced all of the tyres registered to the star driver proving Groskamp had done no wrong and the error was down to the incorrect marking of the tyres by officials.
Jilles Groskamp is the 2009 EFRA Electric Touring Car European Championship Top Qualifier after a dramatic final round of qualifying that saw the big surprise of this event, Lucas Urbain (17/5:18.436), TQ the final round of heats. With 30 seconds to run on the clock it looked as though Viktor Wilck (16/5:01.046) was going to claim his first ever Euros pole position but on the final lap the Swede lost the rear of his Tamiya. With his teammate Groskamp, who he passed during the run, right on his bumper the pair made contact allowing Ronald Volker (16/5:00.335) to win the top heat. Luckily for the Tamiya team, Urbain’s time from the previous group was faster than that of Volker allowing Groskamp to retain the top spot on the qualification ranking.
The penultimate round of qualifying for the 2009 EFRA 1:10 Electric Touring European Championships was an all Tamiya affair as their drivers set the Top 5 fastest times with Viktor Wilck (17/5:17.016) claiming the TQ even after flipping his TRF416WE. Despite the warmer track condition the Swede was on target to beat his teammate Marc Rheinard’s Round 3 time, currently the fastest run of qualifying, but once again made a mistake at the hairpin flipping his car. Luckily it landed rubber side down but the incident cost him over a second and a half, time that would have moved him in to the overall provisional TQ spot.
Last Sunday saw the second round of the Campeonato Argentino de 1/8 Roar run at the Hernan Matticoli track in Buenos Aires. Mugen Sirio driver Sebastián Recio was the winner followed by Agustín Cutini and Juan Pablo Golobic. It was a great race and fastest in this second round was Recio, who set a new track record of 19.55 seconds, breaking the previously held record of 19.90 by Chris Tosolini, set back at the Copa de Las Americas.
SpeedWorld / Sorex USA have been in touch to tell us about their new SJ-R black pre-mounted tires/wheel. Working closely with JACO, they have produced a black version of the company’s popular Prism wheel which will be available in 24, 28, 32 and 36R versions. Another new produc is the set of 12 rubber tire holders, each holding a full set of rubber tires, and which comes supplied in a handy carrying case that holds them all in one place.
East Coast Bodies have released this radical looking new 1/8th scale on road shell. This new P908 body is apparently the result of 2 years of design and testing to improve and enhance every detail and claims to improve the overall performance of the car. East Coast have also developed 3 type of new 1/8 on road rear wing in order to provide more optional rear grip, high speed and something in between.