March 3, 2024

Lauter gives Awesomatix 4th consecutive TITC Open Brushless win

Simon Lauter executed the perfect TITC race debut by taking the win in the Bangkok race’s biggest class Open Brushless realising a fourth consecutive win for his chassis sponsor Awesomatix.  Having secured the overall TQ at RC Addict over the Xray of Adam Izsay, it took all three A-Mains to decide the overall winner with some intense and at times aggressive driving with even the crowd getting involved in expressing their disappointment for a lack of respect being shown by drivers.  In A1, Izsay armed with new tyres would take the win ahead of Lauter after late contact from the Hungarian robbed the Top Qualifier of what was looking like a well defended win.  In A2, Lauter capitalised on new tyres to take a convincing win by over 3-seconds from team-mate Louis Kretschmer as Izsay dropped down to 4th.  With all to play for in A3, it was again advantage Izsay as he had new tyres.  While the German again tried to defend from the front, Izsay made contact with him again ruining Lauter’s race and earning Izsay a Stop & Go penalty.  With Kretschmer taking the third win, Lauter’s A2 winning time would give him the Title ahead of his fellow countryman with Izsay completing the podium.  With an unwritten TITC rule that the winner of the Open Brushless can’t race the category again, Lauter has already confirmed his intentions to return to the TITC in 12 months time and step up to the Modified class.

Summing up his win, following a friendly chat with Izsay about their fraught battles in the finals, Lauter said, ‘I am super happy to win as this was the goal coming here.’  An important win for his electronics sponsor Hobbywing, given the open nature of the boosted class, he continued, ‘People usually talk about fights on the track but this time it really was a fight.  I think the heat got to us but I am just happy it ended well for me and as you can see me and Adam are still talking.’  On the battle going to A3, the European Pro Stock Champion said, ‘Adam had the upper hand on tyre strategy for the last one.  He knew it and we knew it, so my goal was to keep the door shut and it paid off in the end.’  Asked what he thought of his first TITC he replied, ‘It’s super hard but I am looking forward to coming back and trying Modified here.  This is what I race already in ETS.  I want to thank the whole team especially Max (Machler) as team manager here.  Unfortunately Tim (Wahl) had to go home early and I want to send good regarding to him and his dad.  I have to thank him for the car.  He gave me the car I won with’.

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