Video – Invitational Round 12

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Record fifth Reedy title for Rheinard

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Marc Rheinard has claimed a record 5th Reedy International Touring Car Race of Champions title, the 18th running of the event being decided in the 36th and final race at Tamiya Raceway in California. Leading the points from the opening round right through the 3 days of heads up racing, the Tamiya star secured his first major touring car title for some time when he finished on the tail of outgoing champion Ronald Volker. Needing to win the race and have Rheinard finish 6th or lower, Volker could only manage second behind Yokomo team-mate Meen Vejrak, that win securing the Thai driver the final place on the podium.

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‘Finally a win again’, that was Rheinard’s reaction to the victory at a track the German rates as the best in the world.  Coming into the event sharing the honour of being the most crowned champion of the famous race together with Barry Baker, the 4-time World Champion said after opening the final day’s racing with a 9th place, this left him worried for the rest of the day.  Even after his win in the penultimate round when his only potential rival Volker finished third, that getting him one hand on the trophy, he ‘still wasn’t sure’ he was going to get the job done.  Getting a good start and patiently working his way to 3rd he said once he got in behind Volker he just cruised to the end but got a little concerned when Ryan Cavalieri started to close in case an attempt to pass might put him off.  Having claimed one of his two previous Reedy titles at Tamiya Raceway witnessed by the late Mike Reedy, the rc pioneer who created the World famous race format, he said ‘luckily it worked out’ and it was ‘nice to win big in touring cars again’.

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Volker said ‘overall I am happy how all my races went and to get 11 Top 3 finishes from 12 races I am proud of that’ and that he ‘delivered his best’.  Congratulating his long time arch rival on his win he said ‘even though he may have had easier heats than me in the end he delivered’.  Commenting on the deciding race the ETS Champion, who will go up against most of the field again next weekend in Luxembourg at round 5 of the championship, said after the race settled with Vejrak in the lead, him second and Rheinard third everyone cruised to the finish.  Needing Rheinard to be at the back of the field to have any chance of the title he said he also knew that Vejrak needed a Top 2 in order to get a podium finish so he didn’t risk challenging for a win that would have not changed his own overall finishing position. He said with the final step of the podium wide open going into last round he was very happy for Vejrak to secure the podium.

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Having finished 4th last year, Vejrak was delighted to go one better.  The 30-year-old former nitro touring car World Champion, having had a bad second race of the event, said he was glad to come back from that against a much higher quality field than last year and make the podium.  Having got to watch his main rival for an overall Top 3 he said he knew going into the last race what he had to do and he described his drive to his fourth win of the event as a ‘safe drive’.

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Missing out on the podium, Krapp was ‘super disappointed’ adding ‘I messed it up myself’.  He continued ‘fourth is ok for my first time at the track, the Tamiya driver being the highest placed first time visitor, ‘but I’m a racer and I want to make the podium’.  The German said in ‘Race 10 I messed it up’, referring to his off through the track’s famous kink in Round 10 that led to a DNF. Happy for his TRF team and Rheinard for taking the win he vowed to ‘come back stronger next year now that I know the track’.  Behind Krapp, Serpent’s Viktor Wilck, the driver he replaced at Tamiya, finished 5th overall with Japanese driver of the moment Akio Sobue completing the Top 6.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Video – Invitational Round 11

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Chassis Focus – Ronald Volker

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Chassis – Yokomo BD7 2015
Motor – LRP 4.5
ESC – LRP
Batteries – LRP 5600mah
Tires – Sweep (handout)
Radio/Servo – Sanwa
Bodyshell – Protoform LTC-R
Remarks – Yokomo ace Ronald Volker is running a pretty out-of-the-box version of the BD7 2015 as usual beautifully prepped by Yokomo’s engineer Yukijiro Umino. The only changes featured are a titanium screw set and a different weight distribution to match the rules of the Reedy Race.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Rheinard puts one hand on trophy with Round 11 win

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Marc Rheinard has one hand on the Reedy International Race of Champions trophy with just one round of racing between him and a record 5th title.  The penultimate round of racing at the famous event netted the Tamiya driver his 7th win of the weekend allowing him to extend his lead to 3-points over defending Champion Ronald Volker.  A rough eleventh round for Volker, the Yokomo driver could only manage third behind team-mate Meen Vejrak and HB’s JJ Wang who notched up his second win of the event.  With both drivers lining up in the same heat for Round 12, which is the concluding race of the 18th running of the unique annual event, the advantage lies with Rheinard.  In order for Volker to stand any chance of retaining his title he must take the win as well as having Rheinard finish 6th or lower.

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Starting his race from 6th on the grid, Rheinard quickly worked his way up to second behind Andy Moore and as the race reached the half way mark found his way passed HB’s former World Champion to take a win that all but secures him his 3rd title at the famous track that is owned by his long time Japanese sponsor Tamiya.  Starting Round 12 from the back of the 9 car field with Volker lining up 4th, the 4-time World Champion said he would be taking a very ‘calculated approach’ to the race.

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Also starting his race from mid pack, Volker said twice he got pushed out on the dirt as a result of other’s pile ups, dropping him back down the order.  Although he ‘had a great car’, highlighted by his fastest lap of the round, he said he could only recover to third.  Finding it ‘still hard to accept the disadvantage (he) had compared to Marc in terms of the number of front row starts’, he said while ‘not impossible’ the task facing him is going to be hard since he will be starting from the mid pack once again. Considering the ‘tougher starting spots’ he was drawn for the 12 races, the 2-time Champion said overall he couldn’t but be happy with locking in a 2nd place finish so far.  Asked what approach he would take for the last race he said ‘it’s difficult to pass but I just have to go for the win and after that what happens happens.’

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Video – Invitational Round 10

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Monday, May 25, 2015

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Red RC are making our first trip to the Reedy International Touring Car Race of Champions at the Tamiya facility in California. This long standing race with its unique heads up style racing format attracts some of the best drivers from around the World to battle it out for the coveted invite class title. Red RC's coverage begins in full on Thursday afternoon (21st) and we will be trackside bringing you reports, insights, videos and photos directly from the track throughout the week.

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