Monthly Archives: May 2012
The past weekend I finally got to run the 417X on asphalt. This at round 4 of our National series, and the first on asphalt. Preparation was as always during the past few years very good…i.e.; I run one pack on the track in Kuusankoski when I arrived on Friday before the race Saturday. The track was a bit damp Saturday morning so I only run the second control practice. So going into qualifying I had a huge number of 2 packs so far with the car on asphalt…
These first runs were a disaster pretty much, so for the second quali I made the changes I thought needed to get the car working on the low grip track. Second qualifying the car was really good, I just messed it up over the first 4-5 laps as I got used to the car. Third qualifier the car was the same and I even managed to drive a decent quali. To my surprise I had the fastest lap time by a tenth and was just 1 second behind TQ placing third overall over the 5 minute run, this with still some mistakes. This either means the car was very good, or that the competition was not what it shold be…most likely a combination of both as my driving certainly was not perfect.
Anyway, true to form I messed up the last quali but still somehow made the A final, where in the first 2 my car and driving was good. Third was no good though as I tried a setup change running MR33/Ride springs.
Overall an enjoyable race (after a disaster start) on the best track in Finland which made me look forward to the Worlds in Holland even more. Setup below, click on it for a PDF.
The 2012 Reedy Touring Car Race of Champions was held from May 25th to 28th at Nor-Cal Hobbies in California. Tamiya Racing Factory (TRF) drivers Marc Rheinard, Viktor Wilck, Jilles Groskamp, and Akio Sobue fielded the TRF417X as they took on the field in the Invitational Class.
Competition was fierce over the eight rounds, and results were unpredictable. Jilles and the Yokomo duo of Ronald Volker and Hayato Matsuzaki were on form during the first half of the rounds, but the second half belonged to Viktor as he racked up wins in three consecutive rounds. His total of five round wins earned him the overall victory and Jilles joined him on the podium with a 3rd place overall finish. Akio Sobue, in his first international race, also put in a good showing to impress the audience.
This success will be the perfect springboard for TRF as they continue working towards the IFMAR World Championships in about two months’ time.
Please continue to give your support to Team TRF and their machines in the races to come!
2012 Reedy Touring Car Race of Champions Results
Place Driver Car
1 Viktor Wilck TRF417X
2 Ronald Volker Yokomo
3 Jilles Groskamp TRF417X
4 Hayato Matsuzaki Yokomo
5 Juho Levanen Associated
6 Marc Rheinard TRF417X
7 Paul Lemieux Xray
8 Akio Sobue TRF417X
9 Tyler Vik HB
10 Alexander Hagberg Xray
Tamiya XV-01 PRO at Shizuoka 2012.
Tamiya XV-01 Subaru at Shizuoka 2012.
Tamiya XV-01 option parts at Shizuoka 2012.
Full option Tamiya DB02 at Shizuoka .
New DB02 option parts.
Tamiya still releasing new parts for the DB01.
More option parts.
Vented slipper disks coming for the TRF201.
Tamiya TA05 VDFII @ Shizuoka 2012.
Here are a couple of links if you want to check out coverage of the 2012 Shizuoka Hobby Show.