Leino opens Day 2 of qualifying with TQ run

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Having ended the first day of qualifying at the 200mm World Championships yesterday with a TQ run in Q3, Teemo Leino picked up where he left off by becoming the first & so far only driver to run 22 laps of the Huge RC Circuit to top the fourth round.  The HB driver set the pace over the Xray of Nicholas Lee with Serpent’s Tadahiko Sahashi and Dominic Greiner completing the Top 4.  For overnight TQ holder Alexander Hagberg a traction roll would break his Xray while he was on top of the timing screens in his heat.  After a disastrous day yesterday defending champion Meen Vejrak final managed a Top 10 run taking his KM to the 9th fastest time but the same couldn’t be said for Dario Balestri, the Capricorn driver again unable to go the full 5-minutes, again running out of fuel.

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‘All good but still need two more which is not so easy’, that was Leino’s summary of his Q4 run.  Needing four good runs after a bad Q1 & 2, the Finn said this morning the track had more traction with him lucky to safe his Novarossi powered R10 from traction rolling after it got up on 2-wheels.  Running the car unchanged from yesterday, describing both his car & engine as ‘really good’, he is set to continue with it the same for the penultimate qualifier adding you ‘can’t feel when it (traction roll) is going to happen’ and marshalling Hagberg’s heat he said the Swede’s crash showed just how quickly it can catch you out.

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Another driver running his car unchanged from yesterday was Lee.  The Singapore driver, said the run went pretty much as expected and although his car was still ‘good’ it did feel slightly more nervous than yesterday.  Not planning to change the set-up and admitting he doesn’t have the pace to match Leino, the 23-year-old is however considering adding more weight to the front of of his NT1.  Crashing out at the 3-minute mark, Xray team-mate Hagberg said while he car may have been a little slower today his run was going good until the unexpected traction roll which resulted in a broken car after it hit the catch fencing.

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With reigning 1:8 World Champion Tadahiko Sahashi third, his Serpent team-mate Greiner was very lucky to make the start let alone take fourth for the round.  Finishing 0.285 off the Japanese driver, on his out lap for the warm-up the German’s 748 went straight on at the end of the straight crashing into the concrete perimeter.  On recovering the car it was discovered the battery lead had disconnected itself.  Although the car had some bumper damage he would be able to run the qualifier.  Having made a caster change for the qualfier he said this gave him more steering and while he had to be happy with a fourth the car was still not too his liking adding they need to find a better race set-up.  With an idea for a set-up to try in Q5 he said he wasn’t sure due to nature of this track’s traction whether it would work as expected.

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Securing his best qualifying run with fifth for the round, Team Shepherd/Maxima driver Jilles Groskamp put his improvement down to a new chassis plate.  Fitting his Velox V10 with a new chassis and radio tray complete with new servos, the Dutch ace said having struggled yesterday with understeer the car today was much more reactive.  Having also changed to a hard shock spring he said the chassis had achieved what he was looking for from the spring change and he will revert back to the softer spring he ran yesterday for Q5.  Overall he said his latest qualifier was the first time he could fight with his rivals and while still not fast in laps times he at least has a very consistent car.

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Completing the Top 6, Shepherd team-mate Francesco Tironi described the round as having gone ‘quite good’.  The 2012 podium finisher, said changing to Shepherd’s new design steering servo saver had given him more steering.  The Italian said every run they have been changing the car as they work towards a ‘long run’ set-up and describing his Novarossi powered Velox V10 as very consistent he feels they are pretty competitive for the finals.

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Setting the 7th fastest time and the top Mugen driver, JJ Wang said his performance was ‘alright’ adding it was a ‘safe run’.  Describing yesterday’s qualifiers as ‘a disaster’, the 16-year-old said today is ‘a new day’ with the focus on his driving.  Admitting he doesn’t have the car to TQ, the Chinese-American said he will leave his Novarossi powered MTX-6 the same for Q5 and with the Semi Finals in mind will instead work on his driving for the longer race.

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Chassis Focus – Nicholas Lee

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Chassis – Xray NT1 2014
Engine – Novarossi Keep-On 12 3LS
Fuel – Maxima
Tires (handout) – Matrix
Radio/Servo – Sanwa
Body – SRC Spark
Remarks – Nicholas Lee from Singapore is running the latest NT1 from Xray with the optional 4mm chassis plate as well as harder graphite bulkheads. Having tested at the track prior to the event, the set-up he found back then was not working when he arrived here for the event itself and so changed to that used by team mate Alexander Hagberg. Having run without changes throughout practice he tweaked it further, giving the car a longer wheelbase and putting putty in the front diff in place of oil. A change of body from his regular Protoform shell to the Spark from SRC gave him more mid corner steering however it makes the car quite twitchy.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Leino takes 3rd qualifier at 200mm Worlds

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After two difficult opening qualifiers, top seed Teemu Leino managed to put together a clean 5-minutes to TQ the third round of qualifying at the 200mm World Championships in Thailand.  Top Qualifier of the previous Worlds, which also took place in the city of Bangkok, the HB driver topped the round ahead of the Serpent’s of Dominic Greiner and the Sahashi brother’s Yuya and Tadahiko.  Fastest in the opening two rounds, Xray’s Alexander Hagberg would end the day with a fourth for the round with the evening conditions not suiting his NT1.

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Having traction rolled in the opening rounds, suffering an flame out in Q2 as a result, Leino said this was just the nature of the Huge RC Circuit’s high traction. Pleased at being able to keep his R10 on four wheels on his third attempt, the Finn said with 4 out of the 6 qualifiers counting he needed to put in a safe round.  Despite taking a ‘safe’ approach, he would once again set the fastest lap adding that he was very happy with how the car and his Novarossi was working.  Needing 3 more solid point finishes he said for tomorrow the plan is to start off the day with an unchanged car.

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While he managed to make his Serpent a little better, Greiner said he was ‘not happy with the car’.  Having made a caster change for Q3, he said while it improved the Max powered 748 for the start of the run it ended up developing too much steering towards the second half of the 5-minutes.  This would lead to the German traction rolling in the last minute resulting in a chunked tyre.  Declaring himself out of the hunt for the overall TQ, that driver getting the only direct passage to the Main, he said for tomorrow’s qualifying he would work on getting a safer race distance set-up for a Top 10 qualifying position.

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The older of the two Sahashi brothers, Yuya said an engine change gave him a better car for the third qualifier.  Very happy with the set-up of his Picco powered 748 he was now more confident about tomorrow having struggled in Q1 & 2.  The reigning 1:8 World Champion, Tadahiko said his run was really good until he made a driver error on the final lap which cost him about 1-second.

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Hagberg said track conditions for Q3 were a little different to earlier and this resulted in his Orcan powered NT1 having less steering.  Also having problems with traffic which caused the Swede to lose his rhythm, he said while his car is very good in the morning and afternoon, they need to work on a set-up for the evening.

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Completing the Top 6, and sitting 3rd in the provisional overall qualification standings, Mark Green described his run as just a repeat of Q2 with the Serpent driver having little to report on the run.  Behind Green, Nicholas Lee took his Xray to seventh, the Singapore driver like the British driver having little to say other than it was another ‘good safe run’.

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Despite struggling with run time from his OS Speed engine, Xray’s new star Bruno Coehlo took 8th for the round.  The 21-year-old said his NT1 feels really good but with run time ‘on the limit’ he is having to be very smooth with the throttle.  Not want to risk making any engine changes the Portuguese ace said he will just continue to adjust his driving to get to the end of the 5-minutes.  Behind Coehlo, Surikarn Chaidajsuriya and Simon Kurzbuch completed the Top 10.

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Elsewhere having impressed with a P2 in the second round, Australia’s Jeff Hammon struggled following an engine change for Q3 but the Mugen driver has been given a new engine by Novarossi to try tomorrow.  Defending Champion Meen Vejrak’s tough day didn’t relent with the KM Racing driver failing to finish Q3.  It was a similar story for Dario Balestri, although this time he finished albeit 19th.  Having been strong in practice yesterday, the Italian has been dogged today by run time issues something which appears to stem from him having to change exhaust on his XRD engines as the one he was running is not on the IFMAR list of approved exhausts.

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Hagberg TQ’s again in Q2

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Having taken a surprise TQ in the opening round of qualifying at the 200mm World Championships, Alexander Hagberg showed it was on merit as he again topped the times in the day’s second round of qualifying.  Despite the warmer conditions of Q2, the Team Xray driver set an almost identical time to his morning pace being just 0.123 slower over the 5-minutes.  Running in the same heat, Mugen driver Jeff Hammon would be closest to the Swede 1.9 seconds off with Mark Green again fastest in the top seeded heat to complete the Top 3.  Again the round was a troubled one for a number of potential contenders for the 6th running of the championships with defending WC Meen Vejrak again making a mistake late in his heat which would leave him 22nd.  Top seed after practice Teemu Leino would roll his HB, suffering an engine cut as a consequence while Capricorn’s Dario Balestri would retire with engine problems after his car stopped just before the 3-minute mark.

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Describing his NT1 as ‘perfect’ and the run as having gone ‘very very good’, Hagberg said while it was slight his only complaint was that his Orcan engine was set a little too rich.  Feeling with a better tune on the engine he could have improved on his Q1 time, in terms of the car the Swede said with it ‘very easy to drive’ the plan for the day’s concluding qualifier, three more qualifiers making up tomorrow’s schedule, was just to again repeat what he did in Q1 & 2.

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Australian driver Hammon, who was on 29th in Q1, put his performance improvement down to ‘just better driving’.  Making a caster change to his Novarossi powered MTX-6 for Q2, he said he couldn’t feel any difference but he would leave the set-up as is for the next one.  Looking to play the ‘safe game’ now, for Q3 will make a bodyshell change swapping the one colour white Protoform P37 he has been using for an identical one that has been painted up in his colours.  He will also make an engine change just to ensure he has two race engines at his disposal.

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‘Just a clean run’ was how 3-time back to back British 1:10 & 1:8 National Champion Green summed up his qualifier.  Having had some traffic issues in Q1, the Serpent driver said this time ‘everyone got out of the way or traction rolled out of the way’.  With this year’s World Championship using qualifying points rather than FTD he said one roll can be very costly so his plan is just to drive within his 748 and go for consistency.  Unfortunately for Green’s team-mate Dominic Greiner, who was second in Q1, a roll in the warm-up left him with an unnoticed chunked tyre for the qualifier leaving him to struggle to 46th for the round.

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Having changed his set-up for Q1 which was not good and then ran out of fuel, Nicholas Lee was able to turn things around for Q2 to post the fourth fastest time.  Reverting to the set-up which he used to take P2 in timed practice, the Xray driver from Singapore also cured his run time issue by changing Novarossi engine, the second one fitted with a different carburettor.  Making contact with Vejrak on the penultimate lap, costing him 1/2 a second and a Top 3 for the round, the 23-year-old will leave his car as is for his next one.

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Changing his diff set-up to that being used by team-mate Hagberg, Bruno Coelho took his NT1 to the sixth fastest time.  The star of last month’s electric touring car World Championships in Florida, the Portuguese driver said the lighter diff oil gave him more steering without any problems of traction roll.  Making two minor mistakes he said overall it was a ‘much better run’ and planning to leave the car the same for the third one he hopes to build on that performance.

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Having cured the imbalance in his Mugen, different shock lengths from left to right the problem, Surikarn Chaidajsuriya would complete the Top 6.  The Thai driver saying the MTX-6 was ‘now very good’ but ‘just needs more punch’.  The Huge RC Circuit owner said he will hopefully get this from adjusting the clutch spring on his Maxima tuned Novarossi engine.

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After a bad opening qualifier, a marshalled car making contact with his car, Francesco Tironi would claim 8th for the round.  The 2012 podium finisher, who famously became the 11th starter of that World Championship final, said reducing the droop on his Shepherd gave the car a very good feeling. Admitting to being not the fastest and not a TQ contender, the TQ the only direct qualifier to the 1-hour Main, he said the car is easily good enough for a top starting position in the Semis.  Behind Tironi was his Shepherd/Novarossi team-mate Simon Kurzbuch.  The Swiss ace said Q2 was a little better than the opening round, changes to both his Velox V10 and clutch giving the car a better feeling.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Chassis Focus – Tadahiko Sahashi

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Chassis – Serpent 748 Natrix
Engine – Picco EMX WC
Fuel – Cosmo
Tires (handout) – Matrix
Radio/Servo – Sanwa
Body – Protoform P37
Remarks – 2013 IFMAR 1/8th World Champion Tadahiko Sahashi is running the Serpent 748 Natrix with the same new smaller and lighter diffs and gearbox as team mate Greiner but has chosen not to run the new front brass weight/suspension bracket. On the rear of the car he is using a new shock tower from Japanese Serpent distributors Asuka Create which while the shock mounting points are the same has narrower and lower body post mounts which helps the rear of the car roll better. Tadahiko is also making his big race debut with the new EMX WC engine from Picco, which is an all new long stroke configuration for better mid range power. For setup he is using what he runs in Japan but with the front upper wishbone brackets mounted higher to stop the car from flipping. Other items such as the diffs and shocks are the same but the addition of 25 grams of weight in the front of the car and 30 grams to the bottom help the car to push, again trying to combat the traction roll.

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Red RC are at Huge RC in Bangkok, Thailand for the 2014 IFMAR 1/10th 200mm World Championships. Returning to Thailand for the 2nd time in as many years, last time out it was Meen Vejrak that took the win on home soil and this year racers from around the World will be out to take the title away from him on this indoor high grip asphalt track. Red RC's coverage begins in full on Monday noon (10th) and we will be trackside bringing you reports, insights, videos and photos directly from the track throughout the week.

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