November 26, 2022

Hebert holds provisional TQ at U.S. Indoor Champs

UPDATED – Keven Hebert is the provisional Mod Touring Car Top Qualifier at the U.S. Indoor Champs in Cleveland, Ohio after 3 of the four rounds of qualifying.  The 42nd running of this legendary indoor race, which has attracted over 350 entries, the Xray driver laid down the fastest time so far in the third round of qualifying.  The Top 3 times would in fact all come from Q3, with Awesomatix’s Sam Isaacs holding second on the grid with a time 6/10th off that of the Canadian.  Schumacher’s Michal Orlowski was a further 1/10th of a second off locking the European visitor into provisional 3rd on the grid with one round of qualifying remaining, 47 races making up a packed schedule each round.  Kemp Anderson and Alexander Hagberg, both of whom were unable to improve on their Q2 times in the penultimate round, will be looking for improvement in the fourth and final round.

Image: Keven Hebert [Facebook]

November 26, 2022

Volker secures TQ for first ETS Indoor encounter

Fresh from his win ahead of Bruno Coelho and Christopher Krapp at the EWS International in the UK last weekend, Ronald Volker has carried that form on carpet into the first ETS Indoor encounter of the season by securing the overall TQ for Round 5 in Germany today.  The Mugen driver secured pole position from longest standing rival Marc Rheinard with both drivers enjoying two TQ runs each from the four qualifiers.  With Volker taking the opening round, this would prove to be the fastest round giving him the tie breaker.  Behind the two Germans, ETS Luxembourg winner Lucas Urbain will start the finals from 3rd ahead of the factory Yokomo pairing of Yannic Prumper and Krapp.

File Image: Ronald Volker [Facebook]

November 24, 2022

Christopher Krapp joins MIBO

MIBO has just announced top international touring car driver Christopher Krapp has joined the MIBO Racing Team.  The factory Yokomo driver is the first driver to join the new brand with Michal Bok’s company ‘extremely glad that he will be a member of our team’ adding they ‘consider Chris to be a true professional both on and off the track, so we are confident that he is the guy who will help us to move our brand and the level of service and products even higher’. Krapp will also be using their new MIBO Racing Products that the Czech brand are working on as they expand their range of products.  Commenting on the announcement Krapp said, “I am excited to join MIBOSPORT and use their own just introduced line of products. First up will be their own charger with many more products in the future to come.
Thanks especially to Michal and I can‘t wait to help promote and develop their lineup.”

Source: MIBO []

November 24, 2022

Mazzeo departs Serpent

Alessio Mazzeo has announced his departure from Serpent.  Having rejoined the manufacturer at the start of 2020 after a stint with Xray, indications the partnership that netted second place at the 2016 1:10 Nitro World Championship were in trouble surfaced when the Italian didn’t turn up in Thailand as expected for the latest 1:10 World Championships.  On his Facebook page Mazzeo said, ‘I will never be your rival and always a fan of the brand. Thank you for everything and all the best for the future. I will continue to push over my limit to follow my dream. Thank you Serpent, thank you guys.  Vi voglio bene.  Ciao ciao.  Alessio.”

Source: Alessio Mazzeo [Facebook]

November 24, 2022

Dominic Vogl joins Team Yokomo

Team Yokomo has announced Dominic Vogl as a new member of their international touring car team, the Austrian a leading driver in the touring car stock category. Returning to racing after a few months of a break, he will drive the BD11 when he make his official team debut at this weekend’s ETS race in Germany. Commenting on joining Yokomo Vogl said, “First and foremost, I want to thank Toni Rheinard for the exclusive opportunity to run whatever chassis I preferred in the past years. Many thanks for this unique support since years! After a small RC break for me in the last months, I received the great chance to join the Yokomo factory team and I couldn’t be happier that everything came together that fast. I want to thank Yokomo, especially Christopher Krapp and Yannic Prümper, which are as well great friends off the track to put the trust in me. For sure I am motivated more than ever before to help the team achieving great results! My first race will be the ETS already this weekend, and I am really looking forward to it with my brand new BD11!”

Source: Yokomo []

November 18, 2022

GensAce announce Krapp joins team

GensAce batteries have announced 2022 ISTC World Championship runner-up Christopher Krapp has officially joined the GensAce Factory Racing Team.  Comment on the new deal the factory Yokomo driver said: “I am happy to announce to work with GensAce and help promote and develop their high quality products. I already knew their batteries pretty well from my teammates and was impressed from their quality. I can’t wait to use them in competition! Specially I want to thank Yan and Nick for the opportunity!”

Source: Gens Ace []

November 16, 2022

Simon Kurzbuch joins Mugen Seiki Europe

Following the announcement last month of his departure from long time chassis sponsor Shepherd, it has been announced that Simon Kurzbuch will drive for Mugen after Mugen Seiki Europe announced the former World Champion had joined the Japanese manufacturer’s International team. Describing the Swiss driver as ‘a strong addition’ to the team, he will race their MRX6X throughout all major and international events. Commenting on the announcement Kurzbuch said, “An existing new journey ahead! I’m delighted and honoured to announce to partner up with the iconic Japanese brand Mugen Seiki for the future! The first insights have convinced me and my team entirely and we are looking forward to a close and fruitful collaboration with the whole Mugen Team, with MSE and Stefan Habbecke and of course with one of my childhood idols and car designer Robert Pietsch.”

Source: MSE [Facebook]

November 15, 2022

New Swiss ‘RC Indoor Arena’ to open in December

Access to tracks are vital to R/C so it is great to hear about plans for a new Indoor facility in Switzerland. Through the work of onroad and offroad drivers, they are creating the ‘RC Indoor Arena’, a beautiful complex in Wädenswil.  The 600m2 offroad track is equipped with new EOS carpet and while onroad drivers will also enjoy a new 720m2 ETS carpet surface. Set to open at the beginning of December, this indoor complex will be ideal for preparing for the next indoor season and will give racers a place to keep their driving skills sharp for the Winter.

Source: RC Indoor Arena []