After a 3 year break, the Tamiya Asia Cup 2023 was hosted by Thailand on September 15 -17 with 10 countries in attendance. History was made when 22-year-old Porsha Mangilit from the Philippines became the first female driver to TQ and Win the prestigious 4WD GT Class in the 20+ years of the event. Having a bad Q1 and Q2 due to ESC issues, she TQ’ed Q3 and Q4 to secure the overall TQ spot on the grid. In A1 a rare mistake cost her and finished in 2nd place. With her back against the wall again, Porsha came thru with solids win in A2 and A3 to be crowned the Tamiya Asia Champion. This earned her a ticket to race in the Tamiya World Championships which will be held in Japan at the end of the year.
Italy’s onroad nitro brand ONE has announced the launch of its brand new line of 1:8 track tyres. This revolutionary product was born form the successful collaboration and expertise of Hotrace, leaders of the sector. After intense months of testing and development, ONE is confident that these tyres bring superior performance to the track. ONE say the results obtained during the test sessions were nothing short of exciting, showing the revolutionary potential of this product.
Over the weekend the 3rd round of the Greek Nationals in 1:10 EP Touring took place in the technical track of RcManiacs located in Argos, Greece. The weather was hot with asphalt temperature reaching 50oC making it challenging for all drivers to fine-tune the setup of their cars. In the Touring Modified class, it was reigning Greek Champion and Awesomatix driver Dimitris Ioannidis who was ahead of the pack taking TQ early on by taking Q1,Q2,Q3 and winning leg 1 and leg 2 of the finals tone to tone securing the overall victory and making it 2 out of 2 wins this season. On his way to victory, he was able to break the lap track record becoming the first driver to do a sub-10second lap in the track’s 7-year history and the 5-minute track record in qualifying. Behind him, fast Mugen Seiki driver Andreas Koutras was able to secure P2 overall after also starting P2 on the grid, lacking a little bit of pace compared to P1 but doing a solid job indeed. Rounding out the podium was Greek Nitro 1:10 Champion Dimitris Dimitriou (Xray) who started from P3 on the grid and was able to secure another podium finish in the Modified class.
Swiss indoor track ‘RC Arena’ is to reopen for the 2023/24 Winter season. With both onroad and offroad drivers coming together to create the indoor track in Wädenswil last year, the 1300 metre squared is back to again and offers the perfect facility for racers to prepare for upcoming indoor season or just to stay sharp over the winter. Having hosted the opening round of the Swiss 1:10 Offroad National Championships, the track will open on 30th September 2023. Again the facility features a 600m2 offroad track using EOS carpet with the 720m2 onroad track drivers will also enjoy a new 720m2 ETS carpet surface.
A new 2WD Offroad World Champion has been crowned in Arizona with 16-year-old Tate Sontag becoming the 14th different winner of the sport’s most prestigious Title with a flawless win in A2 ahead of outgoing Champion Spencer Rivkin. Showing moments of promise in 4WD but just missing cut with P11 in qualifying, when the event switched to 2WD the Team Losi Racing driver found a form that put the American right in the mix with the World’s RC establishment. Two TQ runs in qualifying en-route to becoming overall Top Qualifier was an indication of what was to come. Winning A1, the nerves of the big occasion highlighted by some mistakes he would survive, that result just sent his confidence even higher. Despite the pressure of Rivkin and newly crowned 4WD Champion Davide Ongaro taking turns at chasing him down, Tater drove a near perfect race to secure the World Title on his Championship debut. A3 would decide who joined him on the podium at Hobby Action RC Raceway, second place qualifier Rivkin dominating from the front to lock in 2nd overall. Holding off Schumacher team-mate Ryan Cavalieri for second in A3, Broc Champlin completed the all American podium line-up.
World Championship Top Qualifier Tater Sontag has converted his pole position into a win in the opening A-Main of 2WD. The Team Losi Racing driver survived a number of moments including one on the opening lap to lead a chaotic race from start to finish. Getting a few opportunities to challenge Sontag at the front, sixth place qualifier Aydin Horne would finish 2nd after seeing off a challenge from multiple World Champion Ryan Cavalieri, the Schumacher having to give back a place to the Team Associated after they made contact. Starting second on the grid defending Champion Spencer Rivkin had a rough opening lap that dropped him to last with the Arizona driver only able to recover to 6th behinds team-mate Davide Ongaro.
Tater Sontag will line-up as Top Qualifier on his 2WD World Championship debut, the 16-year-old securing pole for the title deciding A-Main with a P3 for the fifth & final round of qualifying this morning in Arizona. With several drivers desperate for a strong round this morning to make the cut for the A-Main, it would be Broc Champlin who came out fastest from Davide Ongaro and Sontag. Reigning European Champion Marcus Kaerup had been on target to TQ the round until he came upon traffic. With no call from the race control, onlooker calling for the call to be made by officials for the traffic to open on, as the Dane tried to execute a pass they tangled. Losing almost 2-seconds, a clearly frustrated Kaerup would finish P5 for the round. Having TQ’d the opening qualifier Dakotah Phend would need to be marshalled and Q4 pace setter Spencer Rivkin would have a mistake meaning they didn’t better their points tally. Overall Rivkin will try to defend his World Title from P2 behind Tater and ahead of newly crowned 4WD Champion Ongaro who lines up third followed by Champlin.
Defending World Champion Spencer Rivkin finally delivered a TQ run at his home track of Hobby Action RC Raceway, the Team Associated fastest in the penultimate round of qualifying at the 2WD World Championship. The American who opened the day with a P2 in qualifying behind Dakotah Phend reversed that order in the final round of the day with a 3.2-second advantage over the TLR driver. Aydin Horne would complete the Top 3 ahead of Schumacher pairing Ryan Cavalieri & Michal Orlowski. Having TQ’d both Q2 & 3, Tater Sontag made ‘a couple of bad decisions’ in his driving that left him almost a lap down on Rivkin’s time. Currently it is Sontag’s Q3 which remains the fastest round of qualifying with one more round to go in the morning.