The Schumacher Winter Series presented by the Louth radio control car club took place over the past week, with 60 entries on board making this the region’s biggest event. The 17.5 class was the class on offer with a support class also. The battle for TQ was close with many drivers fighting for the honour. First blood went to Guy Thornton who was returning to the series, taking round one at the in the dying seconds. Guy would back this up with TQ in round three and the fastest time. Xray pilot Chris Lovely would like up second taking TQ in round two and four. Alex Brocklebank and his Schumacher mi8 would take 3rd overall with a string of 2nd overalls, Matthew Cook debuting his new Mugen chassis would line up 4th, ahead of Daniel Burks and his Schumacher. Andrew Twigger and his Xray x4 would line up 6th and Callum Chapman would round of the a final with his Xray.
Tadahiko Sahashi has topped the first round of seeding practice at the IFMAR 1:10 Nitro World Championships in Bangkok. The first of the day’s four seeding rounds threw up a number of surprises as the sun appeared for the final heat of the round leaving a number of the pre race favourites well down the order. 2013 1:8 World Champion Sahashi recorded the fastest 3-consecutive laps with a time of 46.351 seconds followed by his Infinity team-mates Jilles Groskamp and Milan Holthuis. Shinnosuke Yokoyama added some variety to the top of the times using his Mugen to post fourth fastest ahead of Andy Moore. For reigning Champion Naoto Matsukura a mistake cost him track time and he was only able to post the 14th fastest time just ahead of team-mate Dario Balestri. Having been fastest at the end of controlled practice Dominic Greiner found himself only 9th quickest.
Last weekend, ETS RD4 took place at the Mini Circuit “Ville de Luxembourg” in Luxembourg. A fantastic onroad racetrack that attracted 150 ETS racers to sign up for the event. The weekend of racing was amazing, and luckily the weather was stable and dry.In the Matrix Modified class, Lucas Urbain took his first ever race win at the Euro Touring Series and joined the circle of winners. He took the very important pole position in qualifying and won the first two A-Mains from start to finish. It was a perfect weekend for the French Awesomatix driver who was showing an amazing performance on track! Behind the race winner, Marc Rheinard and Ronald Völker took second and third place overall. Yannic Prümper finished fourth, and Jan Ratheisky completed the top 5 in the Matrix Modified class at ETS RD4.
Last weekend, ETS RD3 took place at Arena33 in Andernach, Germany. A well-known track from many ETS races in the past. 190 ETS racers had been on the line in the six racing classes to battle it out on track. The weekend of racing was amazing, especially for Awesomatix. They won all classes, which they are offering a car for (excluding Formula) and showed that they are the strongest brand in electric Onroad racing at the moment.
The second edition of the Monaco RC Race of Champions took place over the weekend in Gubbio, Italy, with Bruno Coelho taking the win at the upcoming ISTC World Championship track. The event attracted a number international drivers with the race weekend an ideal opportunity to get in some mileage in preparation for Worlds in September. Topping all four rounds of qualifying, Coelho took the overall TQ from Xray team-mates Alexander Hagberg and Alessio Menicucci with Schumacher’s Michal Orlowski breaking up the Xray train with P4 on the grid. In the opening final Coelho cruised to the win from Orlowski with Hagberg dropping to third. A2 saw the Top 4 finish as they started before third in A3 behind Coelho & Hagberg allowed Orlowski to join the Xray drivers on the impressive Club Automodellistico 5 Colli podium. Menicucci would be the top Italian in fourth ahead Britain’s Kyle Branson, France’s Cyril N’Diaye and factory Serpent driver Alessio Mazzeo. Also running Spec Touring Car and Formula, as per the World Championships, Alexandre Duchet won Spec with David Ehrbar taking Formula.
Having lifted the 1:10 IC Onroad European title in Italy just two weeks ago, Dominic Greiner has done the nitro onroad double this evening with a late victory at the 1:8 European Championship in Spain. Lining up third on the grid for the 45 minute rain delayed final at the Almussafes track, Greiner did not look a contender for the victory in the early stages of the race. Contact on the opening lap dropped him to seventh and soon after the German was bringing up the rear of the field in 10th position. Greiner wasn’t the only one to have a moment early on as Top Qualifier and defending champion Dario Balestri dropped from the lead to third about 1-minute into the encounter. This left Super Pole winner Robert Pietsch and up & coming French talent Maxine Ripoll contending the lead. Working his way back through the order, Greiner was back in podium contention in the later part of the race. With one & half minutes remaining on the clock he then made a move down the inside of leader Pietsch, contact sending the Mugen driver on to the grass. Greiner would continue un-intruded to take his Capricorn to victory to add a first 1:8 title to his 1:10 World and two European championship titles. Almost 2-seconds back Pietsch would finish second with a great drive by Ripoll being rewarded with third on the podium and the title of Junior European Champion. Despite setting the fastest lap of the race, it wasn’t to be Balestri’s day as he had to settle for fourth after losing his podium spot to Ripoll with less than 4-minute to go.
Reigning 1:8 Onroad European Champion Dario Balestri will start the defence of his title from pole after he secured the overall TQ in Spain today. After a 2 year forced break, the European Championship returned to Almussafes near Valencia, the track having previously held the championships in 2008. On that occasion Jernej Vuga took a dramatic last last victory when leader for much of the race Daniele Ielasi crashed three corners from the finish due to a flat receiver battery. Heading the Infinity team charge, Balestri opened qualifying yesterday with a TQ run but former champion Robert Pietsch was fastest in Q2 meaning they shared the provisional overnight TQ. Opening a very hot second day of qualifying, it hitting almost 40 degrees, Balestri was back on top in Q3, as his Mugen rival posted the 3rd fastest time. The Italian then secured Top Qualifier honours when he again set the pace in the penultimate round. While it was job done for Balestri, it didn’t deter the former World Champion from making it four TQs out of 5 rounds in the final qualifier. Behind Pietsch in second in the final quali standings, two P2 runs gave Shepherd’s Simon Kurzbuch third, followed by Capricorn’s Dominic Greiner and Shepherd’s Toni Gruber, all four getting to shoot it out for a direct place in the Main final beside Balestri. With each driver getting 6 laps to set a time, that battle went to Pietsch for posting the fastest lap on his final attempt to knock Gruber, who was first to set a time, off the top spot.
The fourth round of Speed King Tour 2022 was held at RC stadium Sodegaura outdoor tarmac track in Chiba prefecture last weekend. Three different electric touring car class race took place at the event same as past rounds. TC0 class car uses modified motor and TC1 runs with boosted stock motor. Only G Force ESC and motor can be used at TC2 class. This track will hold JMRCA EP Touring car Sport class Nats in September then a lot of drivers entered TC1 class of the event which is almost same regulation as JMRCA Sport class. And also some of Japanese top drivers run TC0 class for preparing for IFMAR ISTC World championship in Italy in September.