It has become an iconic race on the Electric Touring Car Racing calendar and has raised thousands of euros for local charities since its inception, the 2024 edition of the Charity Race in Italian has been announced for February 17-18, 2024, at RC Landia. Won last year by Schumacher’s Michal Orlowski, the race has always been well support by factory teams with past winners including reigning World Champion Bruno Coelho and former Champions Marc Rheinard, Ronald Volker and Alexander Hagberg. 2024 will mark the 13th running of the event with racing for Modified, Stock 17.5T, FWD, GT, 1:12 OPEN and GT12. The venue will be equipped with newly delivered CRC carpet for the upcoming indoor season with entries limited to 120 places. The organisers, Team La Gang, will hold the traditional charity raffle for good causes over the race weekend with registration for the the ‘2024 Charity Race’ set to open on MyRCM in due course.
Team Marka/Awesomatix driver Gabriele Berselli is the Modified Touring Car Champion of 2023 edition of the Italian Electric Touring Car Championships of ACI Sport, the Italian motorsport and R/C Car Racing Federation. Taking place at the recently resurfaced ‘RMT Torino’ track near Turin, drivers, by virtue of the new structure of the sporting activity in force from 2023, had to gain access to the race through the qualifying phases of the Italian Cup in the three areas of the peninsula (North – Center – South) held in the Spring and Summer months. Favourable weather conditions and excellent organisation by the host association allowed the race to proceed, from free practice to the finals, without any issues, leaving room for exciting battles on the track. In Modified Berselli took the win ahead of the Xray of World Championship finalist Alessio Menicucci with Team Marka/Awesomatix driver Daniele Pacini completing the podium. In Stock, local hero Andrea Simari driving an Xray took the title followed by teammate Orlando Fenili and the Awesomatix of Jacopo Antonelli. In FWD, Riccardo Laletta was crowned champion with his Awesomatix ahead of Jacopo Antonelli and Andrea Tonini. Finally, in GT class, Team Marka’s Daniele Pacini successful defended his 2022 Italian Championship title after a very close fight with the Xrat of Matteo Simari. Andrea Tonini completed the Top 3.
Mikimodel, the Yokomo distributor for Italy, has announced it is to produce its own range of special parts and optional for the Japanese manufacturer’s cars. The first optional produced is this Body stopper for the BD12/BD11 1:10 Electric Touring Car which is also compatible with the older BD10 and BD9. The stopper leans against the bodywork in the front part of the bodywork to prevent it from deforming due to incoming air flows. This system therefore preserves the bodywork from deforming and losing its aerodynamic characteristics. Equipped with an upper adjustment screw, it allows you to find the correct height with all the bodies on the market.
Ielasi Tuned has announced that former 1:8 World Champion Simon Kurzbuch is to use its engines to power his 1:8 Onroad programme with Mugen. The deal will see the Swiss star join forces with former 1:10 World Champion turned engine tuner Daniele Ielasi for a formidable force with 2023 set to culminate with the World Championships in November. Commenting on the latest driver to use his engines, Toni Gruber having won the 1:10 European title with them in June, Ielasi said, ‘Guys what can I say…..Thank You Simon! Thank you for trusting (in) my work! Sometimes in our world unexpected “market windows” open up and when it comes to champions of Simon’s level they must be closed immediately, and this is what happened with Simon a few days ago. We wish Simon the best of luck for his next races with us and especially for the next world championship in Japan he will use our new GP9R23 Spec2 engine. Reacting to the announcement Kurzbuch added, ‘Here we go! It is with immense pleasure and excitement that I announce my partnership with Ielasi Tuned. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Daniele Ielasi and Sabrina Ielasi for placing their trust in me and for welcoming me into their esteemed team. This collaboration holds even greater significance as it reunites me with my long-time friend Daniele Ielasi where I have great memories of our partnership back to the year 2015 when I became the world champion in Brazil – a defining moment in my racing career. I’m looking forward to an exciting and successful future together, with the first big race soon at the ENS in Leno.’
Hasi Tuned has released a new bicompound 2-Speed shaft made up of both steel and Ergal. The new shaft is available for Mugen, ARC and Infinity 1:8 Onroad nitro cars. Being more than 50% lighter, the advantages of the bicompound shaft are more acceleration, more top speed, better fuel economy and the transmission runs more free.
Monaco RC has announced that the third edition of their Race Of Champions will be held in Italy, in Lucca, at the A.S.D. Minicar Lucca track on September 30/October 1st, 2023. The circuit is located just a short walk from the famous walls that surround the historic centre of Lucca. The recently renovated track and the new fine-grain asphalt ensure optimal grip. Various layouts are available, and for the MonacoRC Race Of Champions, the most technical one has been chosen. The race will take place over two days and will feature Touring Car Mod, Touring Car Stock 13.5 EFRA, Touring Car Stock N22, and FWD categories with the Formula category also being considered. There will be 4 qualifying rounds by round and 3 finals – on Saturday, after two qualifiers, there will be a Sprint Race with a separate award ceremony followed by dinner on the track and our impressive raffle.
Toni Gruber added the German 1:10 Nitro Onroad title to his 2023 over the weekend, the Capricorn driver making it the perfect season with two titles from the two outings he has had in the class this year having already won the European Championship in June. Racing at the MiniCarClub Rötz track, Gruber secured the TQ ahead of Melvin Diekmann with the fastest 4-minute run in qualifying which was 3.3-second faster than his team-mates best effort. In the 45-minute final, Gruber continued that form setting the fastest lap en route to a 9-second victory over Diekmann with Michael Heinrich completing the podium.
Schumacher’s Michal Orlowski put in a dominant performance to take the win at the third round of the Euro Touring Series in Andernach, Germany. Winner of the season opener in the Netherlands but absent from Round 2 in Austria due to offroad commitments at the 1:10 European Championships, the Polish driver returned to onroad and picked up where he left off. In qualifying he totally dominated topping all 4 rounds at Arena33 to secure the TQ ahead of the Mugen of Ronald Volker and Awesomatix of Round 2 winner Marc Rheinard. In the finals Orlowski’s form continued and in A2 he secured his third ETS career win. Winning A3, Volker would secure second overall with Rheinard completing the podium ahead of Eric Dankel. In Pro stock it was also a win for the Top Qualifier with Lukas Ellerbrock taking victory over Olivier Bultynck and Round 2 winner Adam Iszay.