Last weekend hosted Round 1 of the French 1/10 Nitro Nationals in Toulouse. Beautiful weather and adequate grip provided racers with a great weekend of racing to kickoff the season. Capricorn’s Quentin Leroux captured the overall TQ spot in qualifying, and would go on to battle hard with XRAY’s Michaël Derderian in the final. Derderian took a risky chance of not changing tires, which paid off and led him to victory. Leroux would finish second with KM Racing’s Basile Concialdi finishing third.
Round 1 of the Greek Nationals took place in Athens this past weekend. XRAY’s Tasos Paparegas set the pace in qualifying by sweeping all rounds of qualifying, and carried on to win the 4wd Buggy Final. John Paparegas would follow Tasos across the line in second with Sikianakis finishing third.
Man of the moment Bruno Coelho has won the opening round of Season #2 of the Euro Nitro Series in Bologna, Italy. Making his ENS debut, the factory Xray driver took victory in the 45-minute encounter over the HB of Jilles Groskamp and his Xray World Champion team-mate Alexander Hagberg. Top Qualifier Teemu Leino’s race would come to a sudden end when having lead the race for 25-minutes the Finn would pull a front corner of his HB as he hit the pitwall as he came in for a scheduled stop. 2014 ENS title front runner Dominic Greiner would suffer a similar faith as he broke the rear suspension on his Serpent 10-minutes into the race.
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The most recent round of the Central Florida Series was held recently, and proved great results for the INTECH Racing USA team. Joey “Batman” Perez made his way to the top step of the podium winning the 1/8 Nitro Buggy and 1/10 4wd Buggy classes. Team manager, Gene Hickerson, found his way to a podium position behind John Bernard for 2nd in the competitive 4wd Short Course Truck class. A noteworthy showing for the growing American race team.
ETS Rd. 3 was moved from indoor to the beautiful Riccione outdoor track. For me this was interesting. On one hand last year my results on Asphalt were very good (twice TQ+ 3rd), but on the other hand I had not yet had the chance to test the new car more than a few laps on Asphalt. So I started with some mixed feelings.
Last year I was struggling a bit with front grip in the corners, and rear grip in the braking zones. Many changes to the car can be attributed to these problems. Also the rear grip of the new car should be better because of the new rear pivot system, avoiding all biding in the rear suspension. So in theory the car should be way better than last year’s car.
The race began with some nice surprise. Pierluigi Guerrini, an old frind of mine, offered me a helmet painted by some young Italian guy, you can see his work on his facebook page. As it was the helmet of Michael Schumacher, and I have been a big fan of him from his first days in F1 (when I was 10 years old…) I was really happy. Read more…
Last weekend (10-12 April) the Yokomo Euro Touring Series made a long awaited return to Italy with Round 3 taking racers to Road Race Riccione RC Circuit Marco Simoncelli. The 42nd running of an ETS race, while the weekend would prove hugely successful becoming the championship’s biggest outdoor event it would also give the rc community the chance to honour the memory of MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli after whom the track is proudly named and make a donation to the Marco Simoncelli Foundation which is based just a few hundred metres from the track. Read more…