News of March, 2016

Event report for: 2016 SEASON 1 1:8 SPORTSCARS SPEC ROUND 4

31.03.2016   4 comments   Category: Event publications

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By Bruno Eliazord, VRC Pro reporter & Pro driver

Here we are at SPL1 track in Tokyo, for a « flash report » about the 1/8 sportscars spec round 4. 66 drivers from 14 nations came to compete on the oldest permanent tracks in Japan.


Club Class Main Final :

Let's check immediatly the starting grid after the qualyfing round :

1/ Benjamin Krings / 22 laps / 07.08.018
2/ Nuno Lourenco / 22 / 07.17.084
3/ Jodie Grein / 21 / 07.13.614
4/ Carl Huxford / 21 / 07.20.624
5/ Schott Dickson / 20 / 07.13.296
6/ John Veal / 19 / 07.07.282
7/ Paulo Machado / 18 / 07.08.352
8/ Gary Climie / 18 / 07.11.000
9/ Ryan Joyner / 18 / 07.19.610
10/ Mario Unverzagt / 17 / 07.06.782

Benjamin krings take a good start from his 1st spot, but Nuno Lourenco take a even better start. He goes far away in the front in the frist laps. After two laps, he already overtake Gary Climie and Mario Unverzagt, who run in the last spots. Benjamin Kring is far behind but he is still second. Nuno Lourenco makes consistent laps a... read more

VRC SERVERS RE-LOCATION IN PROGRESS

30.03.2016   18 comments   Category: Site news

Due to some unexpected issues with our current hosting provider at one of the biggest data centers in the Netherlands (and in fact Europe), we had to decide to re-locate our servers. The preparations for this complex operation were already started 2 weeks ago, and during the Easter weekend the web and racing services have been switched to our back up servers. Our production servers are now being transported to a new data center. We expect that the servers will be up and running again by the end of next week. You will probably have experienced some server unavailabilities past Tuesday. We appologize for the inconvenience this may have caused.

Running on the back-up servers means that some of the services are not available, and as we do not have enough time to come up with temporary fixes we have no other choice than to accept if for now. For example, the service that reports the driven km's and specific car class statistics is not running properly at the moment. We continue to collect all this data and othe... read more

Event report for: 2016 SEASON 1 1:8 SPORTSCARS ROUND 3

28.03.2016   10 comments   Category: Event publications

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By Bruno Eliazord, VRC PRO Reporter & Pro Driver

SOMETHING INCREDIBLE HAPPENED !

The unbeatable 6 times (in 6 classes) 2015 World Champion, Jeffrey « Superman » Rietveld has been defeated !!! Someone has found the Kriptonite and has used it ! But who is it ???
So exceptionnaly, we're going to focus on the pro class for this event.

Let's check what happened during the qualying round. 75 racers from 13 nations came to take part of this race in Brasil.

Pro Class :


The guilty has strike since the begining of the event, making the TQ :

1/ Martin « Batman » Wollanka / 28 laps / 07.02.548
2/ Jeffrey « Superman » Rietveld / 28 / 07.03.034
3/ Massimo Aliprandi / 28 / 07.08.638
4/ Grahama Raistrick / 28 / 07.10.334
5/ Nuno Correia / 28 / 07.14.628
6/ Joshua Berman / 28 / 07.15.388
7/ Alex Guillot / 27 / 07.04.730
8/ Pierre Dumusc / 27 / 07.12.252
9/ Milan Peka / 27 / 07.15.772
10 / Dominic Chaffard / 26 / 7.00.302

So, we will watch the movie of the epic battle... read more

Event report for: 2016 SEASON 1 1:10 SC TRUCKS 13.5T SPEC ROUND 5

24.03.2016   7 comments   Category: Event publications   Video: 3 available

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The 2016 SEASON 1 1:10 SC truck 13.5T SPEC round 5 race was held at the twisting, turning and off cambered NEO-9 where many great races have taken place on VRC. With the 13.5T motor, line can be limited or more difficult to take than with modified motors that create much more power. These races were each about who made the least amount of mistakes as with SPEC racing, time is difficult to make up. I am no artist but I will try to paint the racing picture.



In the pro class, the grid started out with Colby Waddell settling in at TQ followed by Sandro Cabreira, Sean Krause, Robert Hillman, Tony Dugan, Patrick Hofer, Tommaso Andreuccetti, and Christophe DELAMARE. Absent from the A-main in the pro class were Joan Espasa and Jiri Mara who qualified 6th and 8th respectively.
At the start of the race, Robert Hillman made a huge leap going from 4th to 2nd at the starting line only to fall back to last immediately from a wreck in the 2nd turn. Altho... read more

NEO-X TRACK RELEASED - 3 OPENING EVENTS!

24.03.2016   9 comments   Category: Site news   Video: 1 available

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Today we have released a new off-road track: the 2015 NEO-X edition of the world-renowned indoor off-road event organized by neobuggy.net. This coincides with the start of the 2016 edition of this event which starts on Friday 25th.

The Neo-X track is an accurate virtual representation of 2015 track which saw 2014 IFMAR World Champion Ty Tessmann win e-buggy and Ryan Cavalieri win nitro buggy class. Only a happy 250 will make it to the real Neo 11 event, for the thousands who can’t you can join VRC Pro now and race the Neo-X event all over again this Easter weekend. Events are set-up for 1:8 nitro and electric buggies as well as for the 1:10 electric short course trucks.

Until March 31st the track will be free!

Check out the Neo-X release promo video.

We have created 3 opening events on the new Neo-X track, starting Thursday 24 and finishing Tuesday 09:00. These events do not count towards any ranking or series and will be raced in ju... read more

Event report for: 2016 SEASON 1 1:8 SPORTSCARS SPEC ROUND 3

22.03.2016   12 comments   Category: Event publications

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By Bruno Eliazord. VRC PRO Reporter & Pro driver.


Don't wait for the week end to join us here at Sao Paulo de Brasil for the 3rd round of the 1/8 nitro sportscar spec championship !!! 65 drivers representing 13 nations came from all around the world to compete.
This track is special for at least two reasons. Firstable, in 2004, there was the 1/10 nitro world championship, with the win of Adrien Bertin in front of Josh Cyrul, and Takaagi Shimo (who had made no tire change during one hour), after an unbelievable battle ended by a magnificent overtake of Adrien on Josh at the second corner after the straight line. In second, this track is famous because of its layout quite difficult to describe. Some says it's « weird », some says « It's easy », but the fact is that nobody is indifférent to this unusual track. And be careful with all the dust out of the apex, the black driving line, or you will finish in the grass, or in the metal barriers !


Let's see what happened during the qualifying :

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Event report for: 2016 SEASON 1 1:8 ELECTRIC BUGGY ROUND 5

22.03.2016   10 comments   Category: Event publications

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Reported by Tony Dugan

Naxos held round 5 of the 2016 season 1 electric buggy race. 15 year old Uwe De Zwart from Austria and Dan Phillion from Canada were the top two qualifiers at a very demanding and unforgiving track. Qualifying third was none other than the Swedish sensation, Robert "I'm on top of the " Hillman. Dan and Robert are standing one and two respectively in the 2016 official season standing with Tommaso Andreuccetti, 33 from Italy, holding on to the 3rd position.



During the first few laps, the top few racers remained within striking distance with average lap times between 37-38 seconds. A mistake by Zwart at the finish line ending lap 4 made for a higher than average time on lap 5. While Zwart was being marshalled at the start of lap 5, Hillman caught Zwart and was leading heading down the straight away in front of the drivers stand. Oddly enough, Zwart and Hillman both hand their slowest lap on lap 5 and fastest lap on ... read more

2016 SEASON 1 1:10 ISTC 13.5T SPEC ROUND 5 Messina

22.03.2016   9 comments   Category: Event publications   Video: 3 available

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Report by J-P.Huhtala (VRC race reporter)

2016 Season 1 and round 5, Messina

At fifth round this electric 1:10 ISTC spec series travelled to Italy, Messina circuit. This track is on the island of Sicily in the south of Italy. The track hosted 2005 IFMAR World Championship for 1:8 scale sportcars, and it was wonned by racing legend Lamberto Collari. Lay-out of this track is guite simple but this makes it even more difficult to gain time and make a difference.
Earlier race, in Carpet 1 circuit was wonned by Hungarian talent Barnabas Toth. Finnish Viljami Kutvonen and Swedish Christian Holmström were giving a hard time to Toth but finally Hungarian was the strongest at there. After four rounds, serie is leaded by Indonesian Hijrah Saputra, Graham Raistrick from Britain is at second place, but only one point behind Saputra. German Benjamin Lehman is at third place, 19 points behind leader.

QUALIFYING
When qualifying ended... read more

2016 SEASON 1 1:12 SPORTSCARS ROUND 5 Eppelheim 1

21.03.2016   6 comments   Category: Event publications   Video: 1 available

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Report by J-P.Huhtala (VRC race reporter)


2016 Season 1 and round 5. Eppelheim 1

Fifth round was helded in here, Eppelheim Circuit in Germany. Earlier in this track, spec class was raced and it was wonned by Dana Bailes from USA. Bailes got big opponent from Britains Graham Raistrick who came to second. But now was time solve who would be greatest in modified class.
Many top drivers of serieleader board had joined to this event. Raistrick, Schiffer, Yeung, Bailes, Huhtala and Hasegawa was order in series points when this event started.

QUALIFYING
At qualifying, Atsushi Hasegawa from Japan was furios. He runned perfect qualifying and wonned that with huge 5.6 seconds margin to second one, Dana Bailes. Third grid went to Graham Raistrick, he losted allmost seven seconds to Hasegawa. Raphael Schiffer from Germany drove to fourth grid, he didnt showed any weapons that he could challenge those three at front. His gap t... read more

2016 SEASON 1 1:12 SPORTSCARS 10.5T ROUND 5 Eppelheim 1

21.03.2016   3 comments   Category: Event publications

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Report by J-P.Huhtala (VRC race reporter)

2016 Season 1 and round 5, Eppelheim 1

After Oslo event, what was wonned by Italian Massimiliano Tanturri, it was time to travel Germany and Eppelheim track. Tanturri hadnt joined this event but there was enough those talents to give us good show. This tracks layout is from 2007 LRP masters. The track is very demanding because its marked by dots and barriers. You have to practice a lot in here if you want to be fast and consistent. Of course, this is easy to supertalents who are fast everywhere they go.

QUALIFYING
At qualifying nothing miracles happend as round was ended. Raistrick from Britain was in TQ place, with 1.5 margin before USA driver Dana Bailes. Third grid was driven by Hong Kong`s talent Carson yeung. Yeung`s distance to winner was huge, over 12 seconds. Fourth grid went to Eliasson from Iceland and fifth grid to Hampton from Britain. By these results, it was pret... read more

2016 SEASON 1 1:12 SPORTSCARS ROUND 4 Oslo

21.03.2016   2 comments   Category: Event publications

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Report by J-P.Huhtala (VRC race reporter)


2016 Season 1 and round 4, Oslo

1:12 sportcars continued they series here in Oslo. All top drivers of serie leaderboard were also here and it was waited to be tight fight of podium places. After three rounds, USA driver Dana Bailes is leading the series with 357 points. Britains Graham Raistrick is at second place, 12 points behind Dana. Third place holder is Atsushi hasegawa from Japan, he has gathered 339 points in earlier races.

QUALIFYING
In qualifying, TQ place were battled between Raistrick and Bailes. Finally Raistrick won it, but only 0.4 seconds margin before Bailes. Finnish Viljami Kutvonen came to third and his gap to Raistrick was 2.4 seconds. Schiffer from Germany got the fourth and Hasegawa from Japan, fifth grid.

RACE
Before race started, it looked that Bailes who had came to second at qualifying, wasnt at the grid.
Also our fifth and sixth grid d... read more

2016 SEASON 1 1:10 ISTC 13.5T SPEC ROUND 4 Carpet 1

16.03.2016   2 comments   Category: Event publications   Video: 1 available

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Report by J-P.Huhtala (VRC race reporter)

2016 Season 1 and round 4, Carpet 1

QUALIFYING
Round 4 of the ISTC 13.5 series was held in here, Carpet 1 track. Many top drivers participated also this one and it was expected very exiting event from this one. Toth, Kutvonen and Holmström were those guys at front after qualifying was ended. Hungarian Toth was in first place, with 1.3 seconds faster pace than Finnish Viljami Kutvonen who came second. Third fastest was Swedish talent Christian Holmström and his gap to TQ was 1.6 seconds. American Dana Bailes got the fourth and Indonesian Hijrah Saputra fifth grid. Behind those three at front, differences were very tiny, as those were all inside 3.4 seconds.
Prepairing to final had to be perfect, any mistake wouldnt be allowed.

RACE
When grid was arranged, atmosphere little collapsed as we saw that Bailes, Fossto and Favrelle were not at the grid. But we had these seven ... read more

2016 SEASON 1 1:10 ISTC TOURINGCARS ROUND 5 Messina

16.03.2016   2 comments   Category: Event publications   Video: 1 available

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Report by J-P.Huhtala (VRC race reporter)

2016 Season 1 and round 5, Messina

At fifth round this series travelled to Italy, Messina circuit. This track is on the island Sicily in the south of Italy. The track hosted 2005 IFMAR World Championship for 1:8 scale sportcars, and it was wonned by racing legend Lamberto Collari. Lay-out of this track is guite simple but this makes it even more difficult to gain time and make a difference.

QUALIFYING
As the qualifying was helded, Hungarian talent Barnabas Toth had greatest pace, but there was this Swedish driver, Christian Holmström who didnt gave this easy to Toth. After round ended, Holmström losted the TQ, only 0.6 seconds margin to Toth. Third grid went also to Sweden, Andre Fossto`s gap to winner was 3.3 seconds. Benjamin Lehmann from Germany drove to fourth and French Arthur Brule to fifth grid. By these results, we could expect that final would be two mans fight of th... read more

2016 SEASON 1 1:10 SC TRUCKS ROUND 4 Psycho Nitro Plast 5

12.03.2016   11 comments   Category: Event publications   Video: 1 available

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Report by J-P.Huhtala (VRC race reporter)

This report tells what has happened in earlier races in season and also more specific report of latest event in Psycho Nitro Plast 5 track. Enjoy!


2016 Season SC10 TRUCKS modified

Round 1 RC Exitement

SC10 modified trucks started they season from RC Exitement. This season start didnt gave any miracles as we saw that Austrian supertalent, multiple VRC Worldchampion Martin Wollanka had joined to this season start. And Martin didnt give any mercy to fellow competitors as he wonned the qualifying, with huge 11 seconds margin before Swedish talent Robert Hillman. And also in race, Wollanka was setting the pace to others and finished also with huge, 10seconds margin before Hillman. Third podium in this season start went to French Arthur Brule

Round 2 Bash Pit Short

Second race was helded in Bash Pit Short track. First race winner Martin Wollanka wasnt ... read more

2016 SEASON 1 1:10 SC TRUCKS 13.5T SPEC ROUND 4 Psycho Nitro Plast 5

10.03.2016   9 comments   Category: Event publications   Video: 1 available

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Report by J-P.Huhtala (VRC race reporter)


2016 Season 1 and round 4 Psycho Nitro Plast 5

Three races has been drived of this SC10 13.5 trucks series. Serie is leaded by Swedish driver Robert Hillman with 230 points, Tony Dugan from USA at second place is 16 points and Lithuanian Arturas Svoba in third place, 35 points behind of Hillman.
This fourth event is raced here in Psycho Nitro Plast 5 track and in the event, its drived in reversed direction.

QUALIFYING
At qualify, second race winner from Bash Pit Short, Sandro Capreira from Brasil was the thoughest in gualify. He wonned the qualify with very tiny 0.4 seconds marging ahead Canadian Robert Sorjonen. To third grid was announced our serie leader Robert Hillman from Sweden, his gap to leader was 2.2 seconds. Sean Krause from Germany, who had changed his driver level from CLUB to PRO after second race, showed magnificent pace and runned to fourth grid, with 4.4se... read more

2016 1:10 ELECTRIC NASCAR TRUCKS ROUND 2 Atsugi 1

09.03.2016   7 comments   Category: Event publications

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Report by J-P.Huhtala (VRC race reporter)


2016 Season 1 and round 2, Atsugi 1

Race serie of Electric Nascar truck was continued here in Kyosho works track, Atsugi 1.
This raceserie started from Halifax track, where Britain`s Graham Raistrick, Italian Ugo Calaprice and Finland`s J-P.Huhtala competed very good race of the podium places. Differences were very tiny at Halifax and finaly after very tight race, Jukka-Pekka Huhtala wonned that race before Calaprice and Raistrick.
Here in Atsugi 1, Eric Brawley from Britain was holding fastest pace at timed practice and Philippe Gross from Switzerland was the second fastest. Ok, this practice wasnt mandatory, but it gave a little idea to others, what the speed should be. And everybody was very aware that from qualifying, battle of top grid`s would start.

QUALIFYING
As the qualifying round started, pace had raised totally. Everybody noticed that, Hungarian supertalent Ba... read more

2016 SEASON 1 1:10 SC TRUCKS 13.5T SPEC ROUND 3 Fear Farm

04.03.2016   7 comments   Category: Event publications   Video: 1 available

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Report by J-P.Huhtala (VRC race reporter)


2016 Season 1 and round 3 Fear Farm

After two rounds, RC Exitement and Bash Pit Short, SC10 13.5 trucks third race were held in here, Fear Farm. Sandro Cabreira and Tony Dugan were setting the pace earlier race at Bash Pit Short.
As allmost all top drivers from earlier races were also here, event was ready to go and expectations for the good race were high.

QUALIFYING
At qualifying, Swedish driver Robert Hillman showed his pace. This 36 years old talent woned Brasilian Sandro Capreira with 2.8 seconds margin. Third fastest in qualifying was William Ables from USA. Winner from the first race, Austrian Thomas Rössler got the fourth and fifth grid went to Netherlands driver Peter Haaima.
So, looking these results, without mistakes, win would be probaply one mans show. How did it go, lets race.

RACE
As the race was arranged and drivers were ready, we noticed that... read more

2016 SEASON 1 1:10 SC TRUCKS 13.5T SPEC ROUND 2 Bash Pit Short

03.03.2016   0 comments   Category: Event publications   Video: 1 available

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Report by J-P.Huhtala (VRC race reporter)


2016 Season 1 and round 2 Bash Pit Short
After start of the season, at RC Exitement, it was time for second round, what was held in Bash Pit Short track. It waa nice to noticed that those top drivers from season start, was also in here. Rössler, Nelson and Hillman, who made that season start very exiting, were those guys to watch also in here.
Of course, track was different and anything could happend. And we just wanted other drivers to stand up and challenge these season leaders.

QUALIFYING
When qualifying round was held, our wishes came true. Other drivers had clearly stand up and there were different guys at top when round ended. Brasilian Sandro Cabreira was in pole with 2.2 seconds margin to USA driver Tony Dugan, who got the second grid. USA driver Greg Nelson, who was figting for the win at season start, got the third grid. His margin to pole was 3 seconds.
Indonesian... read more

2016 SEASON 1 1:12 SPORTSCARS 10.5T ROUND 4 Oslo

02.03.2016   4 comments   Category: Event publications   Video: 1 available

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Report by J-P.Huhtala (VRC race reporter)

2016 Season 1 and round 4, Oslo

After three rounds had raced of this 1:12 sportcars 10.5 series, Graham Raistrick from Britain is leading the serie. Graham`s lead is not huge, Dana Bailes from USA is at second place, only two(2) points behind. Third place is held by Carson Yeung from Hong Kong.
Now, it was time to gather here at Oslo`s circuit in Norway.
This ”Europe tour” continues also in next two races, as those races are in Germany and Finland.

QUALIFYING
Nothing had changed, as qualifying round was held. Britain`s Graham Raistrick and USA driver Dana Bailes was setting the pace to other drivers. These drivers difference at the end was only 0.028seconds, Graham in the lead and Dana in second place. Third place went to Italian Massimiliano Tanturri, Massimiliano`s gap to TQ was 2.3 seconds. These three drivers at top, all got runned 33laps. Fourth place driver, Stefan Rh... read more

2016 SEASON 1 1:12 SPORTSCARS ROUND 3 Carpet 4 Volker

01.03.2016   0 comments   Category: Event publications   Video: 1 available

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Report by J-P.Huhtala (VRC race reporter)

2016 Season 1 and round 3, Carpet 4 Volker

After Bangkok and Orlando, this serie travelled to Carpet 4 Volker circuit. Earlier at this track Britains Graham Raistrick won 1:12 spec cars race. He had good race against USA Dana Bailes, who finally had to surrender to Raistrick, but only 0.064 seconds margin.
This modified series leader Bailes was also here, and many other top drivers of this class.
This track is familiar from the worlds 2015, and its designed by 1:10 ISTC superstar Ronald Volker.

QUALIFYING
Dana Bailes didnt gave any mercy to his fellow competitors when qualifying round was held.
His pace was absolutely amazing and he left second place runner, Graham Raistrick with almost 12seconds margin. Third place driver, Hongkong`s Carson Yeung had good pace but there was no chances to get to Bailes pace. Andre Fossto from Sweden got the fourth grid and his pace was prett... read more

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