Factory Mugen Seiki touring car ace Ronald Volker will contest the inaugural MIBO International Race. The former World Champion will represent the Japanese manufacturer at the Czech Republic event on March 3-5 marking a return to the venue where the German has enjoyed much previous success. The multiple ETS Champion has clocked up numerous championship race wins at the Sport V Hotel including kicking of his long run of title defences with victory in Hrotovice. The MIBO International Race will see separate onroad and offroad tracks provide two stages for a full weekend of racing action and with drivers like Volker and Yokomo’s Christopher Krapp already confirmed, it is sure to witness some of the great touring car battles of the past relived in this exciting new chapter in Hrotovice’s racing history.
Continuing to grow its race team, MIBO has added successful German Team Yokomo Stock Class driver and highly experienced Yokomo Factory Team mechanic Enrico Jung. Jung joins top international touring car ace Christopher Krapp in representing newcomers MIBO and its ever expanding range of products that already includes servos and chargers. One of MIBO’s goals in signing Jung is to use his experience to assist and consult in the development of new products with them stating they believe he is the right person with whom they will be able to bring even more new products in the long term. Commenting on the announcement, Jung said, “I am really happy to join Mibosport/MIBO I will use the new charger, servo’s and some more stuff who is coming really soon… stay tuned. Big thank‘s to Michal, can’t wait to push this amazing brand.”
Italian tyre manufacturer Hotrace Tyres has announced that Dominic Greiner has joined their factory team. Widely regarded as one of nitro onroad racing’s fastest drivers, the former World Champion and reigning double European Champion joins Nicola Marrone’s company after a long stint with rival Italian brand Matrix Racing Tires. The German will contest a number of open tyre events in 2023 to represent Hotrace products and it is expected that he will represent Marrone’s latest venture, Lens Bodies, as they release their first 1:8 and 1:10 Onroad bodyshells into the market.
Team Yokomo will be officially represented at the inaugural MIBO International Race in the Czech Republic with the news that their star touring car driver Christopher Krapp is to contest the exciting new international event on March 3-5th. The 2022 ISTC World Championship runner-up, is no stranger to Hrotovice having travelled to the town to contested both Mibosport Cup and ETS races previously held at the popular Sport V Hotel venue. Organised by former international Team Yokomo driver Michal Bok, there has already been a hugely positive reaction to the first MIBO International Race with over 100 entries received within the first 24 hours of registration opening. With the demise of many of the ‘classic’ annual indoor Winter races that were once a staple of the annual racing calendar, Bok hopes the MIBO International Race can recreate that atmosphere & significance of these one off international events. Like its predecessor, the Mibosport Cup, which was a series of races, the one off MIBO International Race weekend will feature two separate tracks to cater for both Onroad and Offroad racing action.
Sunpadow has announced that the SIGP International RC Car Grand Prix will be resumed in 2023. The Sunpadow International Grand Prix (SIGP) event had established itself as one of the leading annual international RC event and attracted many of the sports top drivers. World Champion Bruno Coelho was the winner of the onroad edition in 2019 while in 2018 Ryan Lutz won the Offroad edition and a year earlier Joern Nuemann took the win from Atsushi Hara. While actual race dates are still to be finalised Offroad is expected to be held in August, along with on-road in In October or November. Taking place at the 2017 Electric Offroad Championship venue in Xiamen, the SIGP will continue to offer one of the biggest prize as before with the total bonus for the two series as high as $ 70,000. We will bring you further announcements of the 2023 SIGP in the coming weeks.
Registration for the exciting new MIBO International Race on March 3-5th is now open. Building on the successful Mibo Cup Race Series that ran in Hrotovice in the Czech Republic pre Covid, this new annual event with continue the tradition of the popular Michal Bok organised series by running both onroad and offroad at the same event. The Mibosport team will build two separate tracks at the Sport V Hotel indoor venue to create an action packed gathering of electric racers. Registration is open via MyRCM with a new system meaning entry fee payments are due in advance directly in MyRCM via PayPal or Debit/Credit cards. Expected to fill up fast given the series’ and venues’ previous popularity, full details of the event can be found on the Mibosport website by clicking here.
Round 3 of the popular British based Essex Winter Series took place over the weekend with reigning Champion Kyle Branson making it two in a row. Runner-up at the opening the season opener when Xray team-mate Bruno Coelho took the win on the series’ return following Covid, Branson would qualify on pole for the latest encounter taking all four round of qualifying. Xray team-mate Harley Eldridge qualified second but found herself defending from Capricorn’s Alex Thurston in the single leg final allowing Branson to take the win. Eldridge kept Thurston at bay reversing their finishing order of the previous round. Following his rejoining of the Schumacher team last week, Chris Grainger qualified & finished 4t ahead of his new car’s designer Andy Murray. Continue reading here
Top international touring car driver Viktor Wilck has announced he will no longer be representing Arrowmax and Dash RC in 2023. The multiple World Championship podium finisher has worked with both companies since his days as a factory Serpent driver, both brands being part of the same company that took over the, originally Dutch, pioneering RC manufacturer. Now racing as part of the factory Infinity team, the Swede said, “I would like to say thank you to everybody at Arrowmax and Dash for this last 7-years. We had many success together, highlights as the two times IFMAR world championship podium and numerous wins on international and national races. Special thanks to Mr. Lau and Wing Lau. Always giving me the best quality products to compete and also sharing many good memories together at races. I wish everybody at Arrowmax and Dash good luck for the future.”