HPI Challenge Germany Finale report


Last weekend was held the final round of the German HPI Challenge Series in Andernach. In this season were held 82 regional races with 782 racers doing 2164 starts. Organisers claim to run the currently biggest race series in Europe. The fantastic “Rheinard build” Motodrom in Andernach, which hosted the ETS some months ago, was the venue for the final. Fantastic weather and 120 racers provided great racing action. In the Rookie-Challenge class the drivers used HPI Saturn 27T brushed motor and the all new HPI 36A wheels. With a fixed gear ratio the maximum speed was 30 km/h. Erik Kilian (HPI) took the win from Christian Erazo Recalde (Tamiya) in second and Frank Szymanski (HPI) in third.

The Classic-Challenge use HPI Retro bodies, HPI Retro wheels and also a 17.5T brushless motor in blinky mode limited to 39 km/h top speed. Valentin Junker (HPI) brought home the win from Christian Spitzley (HPI) in second and Manfred Tallen (Team Associated) in third.

The 17.5T class was, as always, the most popular class with 50 drivers. They use a HPI GT body, HPI 36A wheels and with the blinky speed control and the max 1:4,5 ratio top speed was 50 km/h. As always checked with a professional radargun – the fast guys then got their ratio, motor rpm etc checked as it with very important for HPI to provide fair racing as the HPI-Challenge should be fun for everyone. Dennis Miether (XRAY) grabbed the win in front of Christopher Buchner (VBC) and Thorsten Ulrich (ARC) in second and third respectively.

The Stock-Challenge was run with 13.5T brushless motor, blinky and open ratio is the “Pro Class” in the HPI-Challenge. The Top speed was 66 km/h, various former ETS Stock A-finalists were battling it out, again on HPI 36A wheels. Patrick Gassauer took the win from Jill Bartsch (Awesomatix) in second while Manuel Wagner (XRAY) came in third.

It was last time out for the LMP-Challenge, using F1 Chassis. Thorsten Ulrich (Teamsaxo) took the win from Steffen Stein (Team Associated) and Christian Lütjen (WRC).

HPI gives a special attention for the youngsters under 16, as they are vital for our Sport. The Top 3 of the season, under 16, from each region were awarded vouchers of 300€, 200€ and 100€ and can get HPI and Futaba products for this, thanks to Ripmax Germany as distributor and host.

Source: HPI Racing