March 7, 2024

2024 TITC Chassis Focus Index

Last weekend thanks to the support of Hobbywing, Red RC made a return to the TITC for the 20-edition of this legendary Bangkok race.  The biggest one yet, it has truly become the most significant annual electric Touring Car race in the World.  It was extremely positive for the category to see so much manufacturer support for the race.  Of all the major car brands, only Schumacher had no official team presence but here’s hoping the British manufacturer gives us the opportunity to see Michal Orlowski take on the challenging RC Addict track conditions for the first time next year.  Such was the quality of the field, the B-Main was full of World Championship Finalist drivers and it was great to see six different manufacturers represented in the A-Main of Modified.  Call us old school, but putting the iconic Tamiya logo in our results graphic was a nostalgic moment.  In another positive for electric touring car we had three new cars at the race.  We had the latest prototype from Yokomo, the Japanese brand going for a name change as the BD name is dropped in favour of MS for Master Speed.  Nicolas Lee did try to get us permission for a chassis focus but we couldn’t get it across the line.  Kyosho had two prototypes of what is expected to be their TF8.  That news generated massive excitement, so much so Kyosho requested we take down the story we ran on their return to the category.  Finally Ryan Maker debuted his exciting new SP1 that will see him realise the dream of his RC Maker brand becoming a fully fledged car manufacturer.  While both RC Maker and Kyosho allowed us to look at their new creations, we were not granted permission to photograph them for a Chassis Focus which we fully understand given the cars’ designs are still to be fully finalised.  Over the event we did however photograph 12 cars from seven different manufacturers and we have compiled them all here in our latest Chassis Focus index.


Alexander Hagberg (2nd Overall) – Xray X4 ’24

Jilles Groskamp – Infinity IF4 II TE

Marc Rheinard (3rd Overall) – Awesomatix A800R

Ronald Volker (Top Qualifer) – Mugen Seiki MTC2R

Kato Kouki – Infinity IF14 TE

Akio Sobue – Axon TC10/3

Bruno Coelho (Champion) – Xray X4 ’24

Souta Goto – Tamiya TRF 421

Naoto Matsukura – Infinity IF14 TE

Lucas Urbain – Awesomatix A800R

Atsushi Hara – Xpress XQ11 “Hara Edition”


Open Brushless

Simon Lauter (Top Qualifier & Champion) – Awesomatix A800R


March 3, 2024

Record equalling 4th TITC win for Coelho

Bruno Coelho has taken a record equalling fourth TITC win but his victory at the 20th edition of the race is set to be remembered for incidents rather than the result equalling record achieved in Bangkok.  Having qualified second behind Top Qualifier Ronald Volker, the Xray driver would make contact with his Mugen Seiki rival in the opening two A-Mains resulting in a wide open race going into A3.  This time however Volker would spin on his own early on allowing Coelho to take the leg ahead of team-mate Alexander Hagberg, winner of A2.  Giving Xray an overall 1-2 in the legendary touring car race, it also sees Coelho join Atsushi Hara as the races most winning driver.  The benefactor of the Top 2 qualifiers’ clash in A1 but retiring from A2, Marc Rheinard would complete the podium at RC Addict for Awesomatix with a P3 in the final encounter ahead of Volker.  For Volker, the high of taking the TQ honours after his B-Main appearance last year was overshadowed by the disappointment of being classified 6th overall.  As a race that has become the most significant in the World for touring car racing & its manufacturers, and which is on par if not exceeding the dept of competitiveness of the World Championship, going forward it might be time for ‘the World’s biggest local race’ to consider appointing a referee to ensure the amazing atmosphere that surrounds the TITC is not overshadowed by incidents on track.

Reacting to his A3 win, Coelho said, ‘It was a clean run for me’, but the back to back World Champion felt Volker’s spin highlighted he wasn’t fully to blame for the A2 contact.  He continued, ‘It is easy to blame crashes on the person behind but this time we see how difficult Volker’s car was to drive.  He spun out himself.  I am sorry it happened before (incident in A1) but it’s easy to point the finger at me but look at his car, it was super difficult to drive today and had to avoid many times to not crash him.’  On claiming his fourth TITC, this being his second time to defend the Title having previously achieved the back to back in 2017,  he said, ‘Like I told you before I don’t care about records but I do like to finish races without drama and when drivers assume their part in an incident.’

‘I am really happy with 2nd given how things were at the beginning of the week’, was how Hagberg summed up his podium finish.  The Swede explained, ‘I changed the car a little bit for A3 as I expected grip to be very high and maybe I made it too easy to drive and I couldn’t challenge Bruno.  That was kind of good as it kept it safe and as a team we could finish 1-2.’  Hagberg would tie on points with his team-mate but with A3 a faster race that gave Coelho the win.

‘I’ll take it but it was shitty that my car shut down in A2’, was Rheinard’s response when ask about his podium finish explaining his electrics had a problem during the run before completely shutting down.  A driver known for speaking his mind, the multiple World Champion continued, ‘I would love if this race had a proper referee.  For today’s winner this is a bitter sweet win. He should not have got P2 in the second one.  He should have at least got a Stop & Go for what he did.  Saying that Ronald braked too early is not an excuse.  The guy in front controls the pace.  You can’t drive through him, you need to find a way around him that is clean.  For me the wrong person won today.’

Spinning out on the third lap of A3, Volker said, ‘I was on used tyres and unfortunately the balance was not perfect and I lost it in the chicane.  I knew I needed to win (A3) in a good time to have a chance but I knew from the start that this was going to be a big challenge.’  Having vented his frustration at Coelho following their A2 clash, the normally PC German said, ‘I should not have sweared so I want to apologise for that, the fact he believes it was not his fault shows his disrespect to the other drivers.  I don’t want to discredit his talent or hard work but this isn’t a race he should be proud of’.  Enjoying a crowd pleasing three way battle of World Champions with Rheinard and Naoto Matsukura after his early spin, Volker said, ‘I just feel really disappointed to end up with this result after our great start and getting the TQ.  We were Top 3 or fastest all week.  Big credit to Robert (Pietsch) and Jürgen (Lautenbach) for the great job.’

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March 3, 2024

Chassis Focus – Simon Lauter (Awesomatix)

Chassis – Awesomatix A800R
ESC – Hobbywing G2S Pro XR10
Motor – Hobbywing G4 Bandit 13.5t
Battery – Nosram 6100mah
Tires (handout) – Sweep
Radio/Servo – Sanwa M17/  MKS HBL575 SL
Body – Xtreme Speciale

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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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