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.
See you soon