ITALIAN NATIONALS

ITALIAN NATIONALS

Rd.1 Minicar Fiorano 22-24 April

After just couple of weeks of successful CIC Club Minicar Fiorano hosted the first round of Italian Nationals. The Championship format consists in three rounds (other venues are  the well known Cassino and Gubbio) with some slightly changed rules like 4 direct qualifiers with “rocket round” as base. An immersion in the back “old” times that seem little bit “nostalgic” but attract more than 130 drivers in 1/8 and 1/10.

From friday practice things went really well for Infinity team as Dario, Lamberto and Alberto wrapped 1-2-3 positions in the first late afternoon qualify.

At saturday morning the fresh weather conditions allowed fastest laptimes and once again was Balestri that grabbed the TQ this time in front of Picco and Collari. Francesco 7th and Carmine 10th have to pass through semifinals to enter in the Amain.

Sunday morning both Semis was good: in the first Francesco run a mistake free run to close second behind Nicola. In the second one Carmine finally shows his potential leading fastest phase flag-to-flag taking number 5 for the final.

With 5 car in the Main event team result was already astonishing: At the start of the final Dario pull away followed by Alberto while Lamberto suffers some contacts that drop him 6th but he recover quickly the 3rd position after couple of laps. Unfortunately in lap 3 a car come in the wrong way causing a big accident to Picco that was forced to retire. After the first fuel stop was Balestri leading  with comfortable 5 second gap on Collari in second. The battle for the win was clear in their hands as they marked the fastest pace of the field. After 15 minutes Raiola suffers glow plug problems that forced him several time in the pits; Tironi seems less comfortable but manage to maintain his pace taking care to avoid any problem. In the lead, after tire change the audience will wait the last refueling to see if Lamberto’s longer run strategy will pay off; he risks a bit when his engine seems “lean” before entering in the back chicane but he manage to arrive in the pits. Same thing, crazily in the same part of the track, happened few minutes later to Balestri that was less lucky with his car that runs out of fuel two corner from the transponder line. The  current Italian Champion Vanni acquired the second place but Dario push a lot to recover once exited from the pitlane but only succeed to get closer to Marco couple of seconds grabbing the third podium spot. Another win for Lamberto and another win for Infinity in this promising first part of 2017 season. Can’t wait the first round of ENS… See you all there!

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AOC Round 1

AOC Round 1

APRIL 14-16 SHANGHAI, CHINA

Shanghai was the venue for the opening round of famous race promoter Scotty Ernst’s 2017 Asian Onroad Championship.  Fresh from competing at ETS Spain, after a quick visit home to Japan to restock their suitcases Akio Sobue and Naoto Matsukura travelled on to the indoor carpet event where they were joined by Andy Moore.  

The fifth year the AOC race has been held at the impressive RCI V2 facility, Naoto would top a very close seeding practice.  With the Top 3 drivers all setting a best 3-consecutive lap time of 31.2 seconds around the tight track, Naoto would have a 0.07 of a second advantage over Alexander Hagberg with Akio just a further 0.02 off.  Andy would post the 7th fastest time for the single round of seeding practice which brought Day 1’s action to a close.

With three rounds of qualifying, the grids for the finals determined by rocket round, Naoto would take full advantage of leading away the top heat of Modified to TQ Q1 ahead of Hagberg.  Akio would net a P4 with Andy taking his pre production IF14 to the 6th fastest time.  With Saturday’s weather hotter and more humid than that experienced in Friday’s practice, the second qualifier was expected to be faster and it was.  Going a full 3-seconds quicker than Naoto’s Q1 time, Akio would head a 1-2 for Infinity.  Also improving on his opening time, Andy would complete the Top 5.  While Q2 would bring an end to the R/C action for the day it wasn’t the end of ‘racing’ with track owner Rick Wang, always a great host, organising a karting night.  A great night out, the experience highlighted that our drivers are best sticking to R/C!!

While the final qualifier on Sunday morning was predicted to be not ideal conditions to better the TQ time from Q2, Akio defied this.  With the traction levels more to his liking, he managed to post the only 30-lap run of qualifying to secure pole for the triple A-Mains. Unfortunately for Naoto and Andy, they couldn’t capitalise on the faster track.  Four laps into the 5-minute qualifier, Naoto would make an error that put him out on the spot while Andy also failed to finish.  Having to rely on their Q2 times, they would line up 3rd and 8th respectively on the grid.

In the finals, Akio would take full advantage of his pole position.  Winning A1 from Hagberg and Naoto, he went on to win A2 by a bigger margin to wrap up his second major Asian race win in less than a month.  With Naoto having a DNF in the second encounter, A3 would prove vital to him making the podium.  Battling hard with Hagberg, as they pulled away from the field, a mistake from Hagberg over the dots on Lap 5 would result in contact between the pair.  Both drivers would get swallowed up by the field but Naoto would eventually find his way back to the front to take the win and make it a 1-2 for the team on the podium.  Despite coming back from a DNF in A1 to finish 4th in A2, and setting the fastest lap of the finals in A3 on his way to a 6th, Andy would be classified 8th.

Picture credits to Asian Onroad Championship.

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ETS ROUND 3

ETS ROUND 3

APRIL 7-9 MADRID, SPAIN

The start of the outdoor season for electric touring car in Europe officially got underway last weekend as the Euro Touring Series visited Spain for the first time.  An all new venue, our EP team travelled to the third round at the ASOGER track in Getafe, Madrid, in confident form after some productive pre race testing with our ProtoTC.  A large 318 metre long track, it would prove popular with drivers, them all agreeing it was more challenging to drive than the layout suggested on first inspection.  With Marc having attended the Warm-up event, his mileage meant the team had a good set-up base from which to begin the first of four asphalt races on the ETS calendar.  With over 230 entries, the race was the first time Marc and Akio would be joined by Jilles and Naoto with all four really gelling together for a combined team effort.
A great run in controlled practice would see Akio post the 2nd fastest time followed by Naoto and Marc.  Unfortunately in the second of the two timed runs, when the track was at its fastest, Jilles would experience problems that prevented  him from posting a time reflective of his actual pace.  As a result he ended up in the second fastest heat.
With the first round of qualifying bringing Day 1 to a close, the team would have a very encouraging start.  Akio again lead the way posting a P2 run just ahead of Marc.  Despite not being in the top heat, Jilles made it three ProtoTC cars in the Top 5 with P5.  Recovering from a lap 2 error when coming on to the main straight, Naoto would recover to post the 8th fastest time.
A cold start on Saturday morning for Q2, Akio looked on target for another P2 run but an error on the last lap left him with a third.  Really happy with his car, he was less happy with his driving.  It was a similar story for Jilles. On a potential Top 2 run, he clipped the curb coming onto the straight rolling his car onto its side.  Luckily it landed on its wheels and he could continue but the 2.5-seconds lost left him with fourth.  Making sure to put in a clean run after his Q1 error, but opting to run used tyres Naoto ensured another round of 3 cars in the Top 5.   Also running old tyres Marc was P7.
In the second half of qualifying Marc delivered two great runs, TQ’ing both rounds to end up tied on points with Bruno Coelho. The tie break would favour the ETS Champion so Marc started second on the grid.  With Akio lining up 4th, Jilles 5th and Naoto 10th, Infinity would be the most represented car in the final.  All four drivers would take great encouragement from this performance.
The arrival of Sunday meant finals day.  A1 wouldn’t go down as an exciting race with the Top 5 all maintaining station for the entire 5-minutes.  Confident conditions for A2 would put him in a better position to attack Coelho from the start, Marc did exactly that but unfortunately as the field came out of the first right hander of the lap his car got side ways and spun dropping him down the field.  Akio would finish 3rd with Jilles and Naoto crossing the loop in 5th and 6th respectively.
With the overall win decided in A2, Marc went into third A-Main determined to secure second overall and go one better than the 3rd he claimed at Round 2 in Germany on his ETS debut with the ProtoTC.  Starting from the front, he pulled clear to win with ease ahead of Ronald Volker who had to fend off Akio.  With Marc on the podium, Akio 4th, Jilles 5th and Naoto finishing 8th on his first A-Main at an ETS in 2-years, it was smiles all round for the team.  Representing Infinity in the Formula class, Jitse Miedema would further add to a successful weekend by finishing on the podium.  After such a positive start to the outdoor season the team are already looking to the next round of the ETS which will bring them to Riccione in Italy on May 12-14.  We can’t wait!

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CIC ITALY 2017

CIC ITALY 2017

MINICAR FIORANO APRIL 7-9

Infinity Racing Team was in Fiorano for the first round of successful format created by Riccardo Acciari with the involvement of R/C manufacturers; more than 150 drivers attended to the event.
It was an “open race” with free tires and additive with lot of practice time on Friday, 4 qualifying rounds on Saturday and A-B-C mains on Sunday.
The weather was nice with a warm temperature that allowed all everybody to enjoy the beautiful ambience and location.

Friday practice doesn’t count for reseeding groups as organisation already set qualifying heats with few adjustments; Dario, Carmine, Teemu, Alberto, Francesco and Lamberto were happy of the car from the firsts laps.
Balestri sets the fastest time in last practice round with an astonishing 13,883 in front of Pirani and Collari…

On Saturday Dario took a TQ run in second heat sitting second overall, Lamberto blew a glow plug in the last heat but he manage to save the 4th place, Alberto feels comfortable with the car and sits 5th with Teemu confident with his new engines in 8th. Qualifying things went a little bit tough for Carmine who suffered a setup problem that didn’t allowe him to express his potential, and for Francesco that couldn’t reach the same feeling of 2016 ENS finale where he was very fast… Bmain for both.

On Sunday morning Dal Cielo Gianluca wins H final and bumps up to G final where he finish in 3rd place; in the Bmain unfortunately Tironi suffered a failure which forced him to retire at early stage and Carmine fight for the whole time close to bump up spot but only got a final 4th position. All ready for the main event where, once again, with 4 cars we are the most represented brand in the field.

At the start Pirani pulled away followed by Balestri and Collari that overtook Pietsch in the first corner… Picco was forced to the pits to change tires after an hard contact that put him in the grass damaging the rear tire. After few minutes positions seeed “freezed" as often happens and pit strategy would assume maximum importance: Dario showed his confidence changing only the outside tires at third pit stop, Lamberto moved on front thanks to longer runs but his engine cut off at 13 minute. At the tire change Andrea had a problem and Dario took the lead and never looked back cruising for his first well deserved win with the new colours… Teemu was really unlucky and broke his engine, as Lamberto also did few minutes to the end, while Alberto gaining positions with a strong pace getting another second place that put our team in 1-2 position for the first time! Really a nice job for the whole team attended here; awesome job guys! Season 2017 seems more exciting then ever!!!

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EFRA GP SERIES ROUND 1

EFRA GP SERIES ROUND 1

RME CASSINO 24/26 MARCH 2017

The beautiful location of RME Cassino hosted the opening round of a newly created Onroad GP Series presented by the European Federation; the new race format mixed some requests gathered from drivers at the last Euro’s in Sweden like 4 minutes heats and re-usable handout tires combined with more institutional rules like 5 rounds qualification and christmas tree finals.

The amazing facility and the nice weather allowed the participants to maximum enjoy their track time: on Thursday “old style” free practice and from Friday the official start with controlled practice before the first qualifying round. While the timetable changed couple of times everything ran smoothly for the whole weekend.

Infinity official team were represented by Francesco, Carmine, Lamberto and new signings Dario and Alberto. Car seems to perform really well on Cassino track and after control practice we have four drivers seeds in the fastest heat; unfortunately Francesco cannot show his speed as he suffered different little troubles for the entire weekend. In Q1, Dario had the best pace but was 7g underweight and a long discussion about his new PF bodyshell homologation denied him the first TQ. Lamberto seems quick enough and consistent in 4th position and Picco manage to stay close in the Top 5. In Saturday morning’s Q2, after bodyshell matters had been cleared up, Balestri sets 2nd time 0,019sec behind Kurzbuch with Collari 3rd. In Q3 Dario had to stop on the track while leading the round allowing Simon to gain overall TQ with Lamberto provisional 2nd. With only one good result (2nd) Dario needed two good positions to bump up into a semis spot: to clear the doubts on his speed he TQ’ed 4th and 5th round showing great confidence with his materials, track and “loose” conditions. Lamberto closed 4th overall getting a place for the “superpole challenge” with Pirani and Ielasi. Alberto 6th and Carmine 14th also getting directly into the semis. Francesco 21st need to pass through the Quarter finals. It’s super pole time: 3 minutes warmup and 6 rocket laps alone on the track to try earn the last direct spot for the Amain: once again Balestri impressed the audience managing the best lap at second attempt! Will be an exciting final for sure…

Semis were tough for Tironi who was hit a couple of times in opening corners damaging the pipe and Raiola that calls the delay for tech problems that apparently was solved but few minutes later had to pit for a long time. On the other side Collari and Picco cruises in 1-2 position for the entire 20-minutes with Alberto getting the win due to a better fuel strategy; in the Amain we had 2nd, 3rd and 5th position at the start… Not bad!

The start of the main event sees Dario charging on Simon in the early stage with Lamberto in a comfortable 3rd position. Unfortunately on lap 35 Balestri hit the wall entering the main straight as he starts pushing hard having set the fastest lap of the race. Less than 10 laps later Collari blew his glow plug loosing 6 laps in the pits; in this moment Alberto was 3rd trying to close on Daniele 2nd. With both having the same pace and a quite similar fuel/tire strategy the race seems “frozen” to the end and only a possible issue could mix the cards; an issue that happens to Kurzbuch 4min to the end.  This allowing the 2 Italians to fight for the final win. Daniele managed to maintain 2 seconds lead for the finals minutes forcing Alberto claim a strong second place on his Infinity debut. Well done Alberto!

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CETC ROUND 1

CETC ROUND 1

MARCH 25-26  GUANGZHOU, CHINA

Our EP drivers Akio Sobue and Naoto Matsukura travelled to China last weekend to represent Infinity in the promising new Chinese Electric Touring Car Championship (CETC).  A four round championship aimed at raising the profile of touring car racing across China, the opening round was held at the Amazing Indoor Arena in Guangzhou.  Racing on the impressive 40m X 24.5m indoor asphalt track that was only completed in January, Akio and Naoto would achieve a 1-2 result with our ProtoTC.  

With five World Championship finalists contesting the well attended event, Akio was quick to get comfortable with his set-up and opened the weekend by setting the fastest 3-consecutive laps in seeding practice.  Carrying that pace into qualifying he would TQ the opening and closing rounds to secure the overall TQ.  Opening the second day of the event with a TQ run in the third qualifier, Naoto would put his ProtoTC third on the grid behind Naoki Akiyama and ahead of Nicholas Lee with Viktor Wilck, who designed the track layout, completing the top half of the grid.

Winning the first final by a comfortable 5-seconds margin, A2 would be a little more eventful for Akio.  Leading from Naoto, who had got by Akiyama for second, a mistake would send his car rolling onto its roof.  With no where to go Naoto would hit the up side down car.  Luckily for Akio, the impact put his car back on his wheels & sent him back on his way but unfortunately it left Naoto’s car needing to be marshalled.  Finishing the leg 1-2, both drivers enjoying a good laugh about the incident afterwards. The result meant Akio becomes the CETC’s first winner and with no need to race A3 he could watch from the sidelines.  A great start from Naoto would allow him to beat Akiyama off the line to take the lead and setting the fastest race winning time of the weekend he completed a 1-2 for the ProtoTC with Wilck completing the podium.

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2017 ONROAD VICTORIAN STATE TITLES

2017 ONROAD VICTORIAN STATE TITLES

MARCH 18-19 BITTERN VICTORIA

The Victorian State Titles for EP Touring car were held at the newly surfaced South Eastern Radio Control Car Club track in Bittern, Victoria, on March 18-19 with our own Aussie Jessie Davis in attendance.  A quiet difficult and challenging layout due to the huge curbs that punished any mistakes, the race marked Jessie’s second visit to the track with his Infinity ProtoTC making Friday’s practice important in finding a set-up for the medium level traction.  Ending practice second fastest behind track designer Ryan Maker, Jessie continued to work on improving his car set-up.  Claiming a P3 and P2 in the opening two qualifiers but feeling his car was tweaked, a new top deck for Q3 would produce a TQ run.  Starting the finals from second on the grid, while A1 would see Jessie finish where he started he put Top Qualifier Maker under intense pressure in A2. Unfortunately small errors would end that challenge but winning A3 this would secure him second overall.  Summing up his podium finish, Jessie said, ‘All and all it was a good weekend as I tested a lot on the new car and showed the car has good pace against good competition’.

ETS SPAIN WARMUP

ETS SPAIN WARMUP

MADRID 11/12 MARCH 2017

Marc Rheinard would conclude his first month as an Infinity driver by travelling to ETS Spain warmup to contest the 2-day event at impressive facility of Asoger club. An opportunity to learn the large track in preparation for the main event, Marc also planned to use the track time to build up more knowledge of our ProtoTC on asphalt.  Despite delayed baggage forcing him to watch his competitors on Friday, on Saturday things went good from the beginning with 2nd overall in timed practice.

Setting the fastest lap of the weekend in the opening qualifier, Marc would TQ the round ahead of Ronald Volker.  The pair were very evenly matched until Ronald had trouble with a back marker.  In Q2 Marc backed it up with another TQ run but it was the final run of the day that was to be the most challenging.  Held at 19:30 local time, Marc struggled at the beginning to see in the darkening conditions but once he got used to the lack of light he could top the times once again to secure the overall TQ.  

Sunday began with the final round of qualifying which would be photo finish close, Marc fastest by 4/100ths of a second from Ronald. In terms of the grid for the triple finals, Ronald would line-up second with Christopher Krapp third and Spanish Champion David Pérez fourth. A super close A1 would see Marc take the win but unfortunately A2 didn’t work out as well. Hitting a curb, Marc rolled on his third lap and was left to watch the rest of the race which was to be won by Christopher. This meant it all came down to A3. With the wind picking up and carrying dirt onto the track the grip was super low leaving Marc to take an easier than expected leg win as Ronald had a spin on the opening lap.  The A3 win completed a strong performance from both the car and Marc for whom the race marked his first victory as an Infinity driver in front of Ronald and Cristopher.

With the other drivers from our new EP program attending the Spanish ETS Round on April 7-9, Marc’s mileage over the Warm-up Race weekend will provide the team with a good starting point for when they arrive in Madrid.

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SPEED KING TOUR ROUND 1

SPEED KING TOUR ROUND 1

NAGOYA MARCH, 5 2017

The opening race of the six round Speed King Tour took place on March 5th at the Rajikon Tengoku Nagoya track in Japan with Infinity driver Akio Sobue taking the win.  Returning to his local track after back to back international races at the TITC in Thailand and the ETS in Germany, the event marked Akio’s first home race since joining the team.  While tricky conditions left many drivers struggling in qualifying, Akio would go on to top all three rounds to secure the overall TQ.  In the single 7-minute A-final, Akio’s form continued with him taking his ProtoTC to victory, the race day providing him with useful track time to build up his knowledge of the car.

ETS rd.2

EURO TOURING SERIES 2016/2017, Rd. 2

FEBRUARY 24-26th - Germany

The Euro Touring Series held the second round of the 2016/17 season in Germany over the weekend of February 24-26th with Marc and Akio travelling to Muelheim-Kaerlich.  The second of the two carpet races on the 6 round calendar, for Marc this event is very much his home race as he lives only 15-minutes from the Sports Hall in which the ETS’ biggest race is held each year.  For Akio the journey was a little longer but travelling from Japan a few days early, together with Marc he was able to get in some pre-event testing at Arena 33 in Marc’s home town of Andernach. Run by Marc’s brother Toni, all the championship front runners made use of the new permanent indoor track with the test helping the two Infinity newcomers to before more familiar with our ProtoTC chassis on carpet ahead of its first ETS appearance.

Attracting 337 entries, the temporary track layout that awaited drivers on Friday was fast and flowing.  With one round of free practice to start the event, two rounds of timed practice followed with Marc and Akio getting the weekend off to a solid start.  Over 3-consecutive laps Marc would set the third fastest time with Akio 5th to put both drivers in the the top heat for qualifying.

Day 1 would end with the first round of qualifying and Marc was again in the Top 3, missing out on P2 by only 8/100ths of a second.  Unfortunately for Akio, a decision to try a set-up change in Q1 did not work out and he ended up 16th fastest.  With a new split timetable try out on Friday leaving the Modified class drivers tight for time between runs, the decision was made to revert back to the traditional schedule for Saturday.

Round 2 of qualifying would prove Marc’s best as he netted the second quickest time with Akio also fairing much better.  A new set-up had made his car super easy to drive and making one of the biggest improvements on the Q1 times he took fifth.  Going one better in the third round Akio would secure himself an A-Main starting position while Marc was again 3rd fastest.  This put the focus for the final qualifier on trying to improve their starting positions. Trying a different shock set-up, Marc wouldn’t better his earlier results which were good enough to put his ProtoTC third on the grid.  Akio would cap of qualifying with his best run, a P3 securing him fourth.

It would be an early start to Sunday’s finals day, drivers arriving at 06:30 for the A1 08:00 start time.  In the first encounter the main battle would turn out to be between the two Infinity drivers. Contact with the curbing would cause Marc to spin out allowing Akio to close right up but he couldn’t find a way passed and they finished as the started.  A2 would again see Marc have to fend of his team-mate, a switch to his second set of tyres leaving him to struggle at the start until the new tyres came in.  With a second win of the day in A2 giving Ronald Volker the overall win and allowing him to sit out the final leg, Marc & Akio effectively started 2nd and 3rd which was how they finished. Overall this gave Marc a promising first podium finish since joining the team with Akio also showing strong with fourth overall.  Having missed the podium at the ETS season opener in the Czech Republic back in December, Marc’s third in Germany behind Volker and Bruno Coelho moves him up to third in the standings with Akio sitting 6th after also bettering his result of the opening round.

An encouraging first ETS performance with our own prototype car, the championship will now move outdoors for the rest of the season.  A new venue on the ETS calendar, the Spanish Asoger track located in Madrid will hold Round 3 on April 7-9th.  The team is looking forward to attending this race and continue the development of our new EP Touring Car program.

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SINGAPORE SERIES ROUND 1

SINGAPORE SERIES ROUND 1

MARINA PARADISE RADIO CONTROL MODELLER CLUB TRACK 26/02/2017

After the most awaited TITC in Bangkok the entire Infinity Racing Team moved to Singapore for the scheduled winter tests. Lamberto Collari and Alberto Picco came from Europe while Takaaki Shimo reached the group from Japan to attend this session and the first race of Singapore Series. As a “surprise” also Naoto Matsukura decided to extend his journey to feel the exciting driving of a 1/8 gas powered car… From Tuesday to Sunday a nice weather with few rain drops allowed an intensive preparation of the upcoming season testing some new parts and refining many different setups. All team drivers seemed very comfortable with the Infinity platform and fresh signer Dario Balestri leaded the ranking of fastest laptimes during the practice.

Sunday a consistent number of local drivers attended in 3 different classes: 1/5 large scale, GT 1/8 and 1/8 on road. For 1/8 3 round of qualifying saw Dario TQ in front of Jilles, Takaaki and a surprising Naoto with Carmine 5th.

For the 45 minutes Amain Jilles started very well taking the lead of the pack before the big sweeper meanwhile some contacts changed the midfield positions… Lamberto recovered from 7th to 2nd position following the Dutch with a little gap. Dario suffered some engine problems and Carmine had to retire at early stage. Naoto was fast but some errors forced him to the pits to fix a bodyshell issue. Key of the race was the different pit strategies: Groskamp and Shimo ran for two tires change while Lamberto risked to change only one time. This mixed strategy of refuelling created a threeway challenge for the win at 40 minutes mark with Jilles in front with 2 fuel stops to do, Lamberto 2nd and Takaaki 3rd with only one fuel stop to the end. Jilles come in the pits and then forced the rhythm to try to recover the gap for the last “splash” but a mistake in the chicane took him out of the fight for the final win… After last refuelling Collari had Shimo in his tail and the last 6 laps were exciting for the crowd with Italian driver that close his racing lines denying to Japanese champion the chance of a possible overtake. At 45 min was Lamberto that took the win for few tenths in front of Shimo and Groskamp with Balestri 4th. The “showtime” of the tight battle at the end will for sure remain impressed to all the people had attended this race. Well done !!!

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Creation Model EP program

After the debut year exploring different categories with Infinity team we defined the upcoming commitments for our company in the R/C industry. Touring car EP is the most attractive category for the closest future; the feedback we are collecting all over the world running our partner SMJ platform will be the base of the development for our next model release. With these premisses we decide to speed up this process hiring three of the most skilled drivers in the world actually “free-agent”. Marc, Naoto & Akio will get involved, with Jilles and Andy, in the challenge to create the best TC-EP product for our customers. We  are delighted to have them joining this program sure they will spread all efforts possible to realize this dream. We are proud to have you in the team guys!!!

 

 

 

 

TITC 2017

TITC 2017

16-19 FEBRUARY 2017 INFINITY RC ADDICT, BANGKOK

The newly resurfaced Infinity Rc Addict, once again, hosted the most famous touring car EP race of the far east. As every year hundreds of people from all over the world attend  this exciting event. Mostly Asian, European and Aussie people come to this beautiful location for a week of pure fun. The track layout is fast and technical and organizers with tons of experience managed to run many different classes respecting the schedule. The weather was perfect for the entire week with sunny days and a weak breeze that allowed everyone to enjoy the warm temperature.

We decided to take this opportunity to run our ProtoTC in modified class with some of our most representative drivers; from the first days the car showed a good potential and was only a matter of time to dial it on the track. In controlled practice it was Marc Rheinard at his official debut with Infinity colours who headed the team with Jilles Groskamp and Akio Sobue (also him at the first race with us like Naoto Matsukura) all reseeding into the fastest heat. Friday morning the qualifying heats started with the big show of Jilles Groskamp the only one able to run 20 laps in the first and third heat. He took the win in all 3 rounds of the day with clear superiority, claiming the TQ spot at the halfway point. Also team mates Chavit, Akio and Andy performed very well finishing in the top ten. The biggest surprise was for sure Dario Balestri, attending his first high level EP event sitting in 13th place overall. The remaining 3 rounds were held on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning: Jilles suffered some issues that denied him a well deserved TQ; Akio, Chavit and Andy confirmed their position in Amain. A highlight of Saturday afternoon was Dario  showing his amazing skills reaching 20 laps since only 5 other drivers were able to do. Having 4 cars in the Amain needs to be considered a great success for the shake-down of a new project.

After a victory for Naoto in Bmain starting from 8th position it’s time for the most awaited Amain final: at the start Jilles seems to have the pace to challenge Bruno for the win but after a failed attempt of overtake in lap 4 he preferred to drive carefully to control the 2nd position. Unfortunately a contact at the end of the run forced him to 3rd place but nothing was decided yet.

Before the second Amain it was Trin that succeed in completing a “hat-trick” winning for the 3rd time the F1 class with a mistake-free run and a very good job in the pits during tire stop. The audience was really excited for the second leg and probably it was one of the most intense ever seen; Jilles started very fast pressing Bruno every corner putting his Infinity into the shadow of his opponent; in lap 4 after the big sweeper entering in the chicane Bruno rolls sideways forcing Jilles to the grass to avoid a contact allowing Alexander to take the lead. In few laps the Dutch driver recovered the gap and started another battle for the lead showing amazing speed and control… but when luck is not by your side it’s easy to recognise… The same mistake of Bruno was repeated by Alexander and once again, Jilles finished in the grass opening the opportunity to Lee for an easy win… Andy and Chavit save team result completing the podium.

In the last leg our few chances to win TITC were for Andy but starting from position 9 it's always tough; the UK former World Champion tries his best to recover the field but a few corners after the tone he flipped after the sweeper. So again another battle between car n1 and car n2; they were close the entire race with Bruno that made his best to close all the possible passing lines to Jilles. Only a contact could solve the battle and who benefits of it was Ronald that took the last win of the day grabbing also the 3rd podium spot after a tough week.

Congratulations to Bruno for his back to back TITC victory; Jilles hold on… You showed to deserve it and you will have another chance next year! Thanks to all our drivers that have spread lot of efforts improving the new prototype.

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Alberto Picco joins Infinity team

CREATION MODEL: “Creation Model Ltd is proud to add to Infinity Racing Team Mr. Alberto Picco. The Italian driver, several times Amain finalist at World’s and Euro’s champs, will be an important tile of 1/8 category campaign. After many years as “independent” driver, developing his branded engines, we are very happy that he chooses our platform to attend at National and International race in 2017 and beyond. Welcome on board Alberto!"

 

 

 

 

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