Video – 1/8th Main Final

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Video – 1/10th Main Final

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Kurzbuch wins but Balestri claims ENS title


Simon Kurzbuch won the fourth & final round of the Euro Nitro Series, but second behind the Shepherd driver in Italy was enough for Capricorn’s Dario Balestri to deny the season’s only double winner from retaining the title he won last year at the Mini Autodromo Jody Scheckter track. Starting second behind Top Qualifier Balestri, Kurzbuch would drive the ‘near perfect race’ coming out on top of a thrilling mid race battle between the two world class 1:8 drivers.  Knowing even if Kurzbuch took the win Balestri would see out the 45-minute final in a controlled fashion finishing 5-seconds behind his Main title rival while the other title contender Robert Pietsch finished a distant 5th after an early incident with last year’s race winner Lamberto Collari.  Starting from 12th on the grid having bumped up from the B-Main Alberto Picco would completed the race podium in Fiorano.


‘That was a very enjoyable race’ was Balestri’s reaction to a race that saw the pair rub body work and make contact twice.  He continued ‘It was very competitive and I am happy to have battled like this with Simon, he is a very good driver’.  Having shot into title contention with his first ENS win at the previous round in Germany and then making Kurzbuch’s quest to retain the title even harder by securing the bonus championship point for the TQ, he said his only problem in the final was tyres.  The former Eurpean Champion said ‘we made something wrong with the set-up for the tyres’ holding up his worn out front tyres.  He said ‘I am ok with arriving 2nd and I’m happy for Simon but this weekend is a huge boost for the World Championships as we should we have a really good package in Capricorn and my Tesla engines’.


Kurzbuch said apart from mistake early on it was a perfect race for him.  Describing his Velox V8 and Novarossi engine as perfect he said the key moment of the race was his quick tyre stop which gave him ‘a few seconds on Balestri’.  Sharing his Italian rivals views that it was it was ‘a really nice battle’ between them he said it was particularly ‘nice to win in Italy against drivers like Dario’.  The only multiple race winner of the second season of the ENS from either classes, he said he was OK with 2nd in the championship highlighting his ‘two bad results’.  Describing the event as the perfect warm-up before travelling to Brazil for the World Championships he said ‘the stuff is ready and I am really happy with the improvements we have made with the Mito 9C engine’.


Claiming his first ENS podium finish Picco said ‘I couldn’t have expected more when I look at how the weekend started’.  Keeping the same set-up as he used to bump up from the B-Final, he said his Mugen again worked well but added he was ‘delayed by starting last on the grid’.  Not an incident free race for the Picco engine boss, the Italian said he made a mistake during one of his pit stops in which he crashed into Collari, the Infinity driver suffering a flame out as a result. The crash would also brake a rear tyre on Picco’s car leaving him to run 10-minutes with it before his scheduled tyre stop.  He would again find himself crashing with Collari, this time a problem with the 9-time World Champion’s car causing it to slow out of a corner and on full throttle Picco couldn’t avoid him.  Damaging the body and front bumper he said he would lose some steering but he was able to drive around it, adding considering everything finishing on the podium was a ‘very good result’.


Finishing fourth having been in the mix for a podium finish, Daniele Ielasi described his race as ‘super’.  Having to fuel every four minutes he said with 2 more stops than his rivals he was very happy that he could still run at the front, the gap to Picco at the end only 3.9-seconds.  Braking his ‘race car’ in half in practice and having to race a standard version of the GTX, he said ‘I am super happy with the performance and let the others know I am here’ which he said was a huge physiological boost for the Worlds.


Debuting Mugen’s new MRX-6, Pietsch said he was ‘very happy’ with the new car adding that the event and racing against such a high level competition was hugely beneficial, if slightly risky.  With the new car having different handling characteristics to the MRX-5, he said the set-ups it requires are also different but given that he had no proper testing prior to the ENS finale it was a positive first race.  The former World Champion said he had a lot of understeer with his first set of tyres and he just tried to keep 3rd having got by Ielasi early on.  Battling with Collari, contact would see Pietsch end up on his roof, the German saying with the lost time his ‘race was done’.  With the incident damaging a tyre he said the car was then horrible until the stop.  Much happier with the second set of tyres, he said he was able to set good lap times and run with Picco.


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Sunday, October 25, 2015

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Groskamp & HB claim ENS title


Jilles Groskamp and HB are the new Euro Nitro Series Champions after a thrilling final at the concluding round in Fiorano, Italy.  With four drivers in contention for the title, Groskamp starting behind his rivals after a tough qualifying, the Dutch racer drove a near perfect strategy only being denied his first win of the season on the penultimate lap by Alessio Mazzeo.  Still with his rivals having issues,  the fourth 2nd place finish of the four round ENS gave him the title with team-mate Teemu Leino making it a championship 1-2 for HB.  The title marks the first major success for the Japanese company’s R10.  Having been the dominant force in qualifying unfortunately for Serpent’s Dominic Greiner the chance to complete the perfect weekend would be taken out of his control, a conrod failure while leading the Main & on target for the title ending his race.


Giving his reaction to his title victory a delighted Groskamp said, ‘I’m super happy to win the championship and I’m super happy for HB & Maxima. After struggling in practice and struggling in qualifying, the team did a great job improving the car for the final.  We didn’t have a rocket for the final but it was so consistent it allowed us to fight for the win’.  Ending the season how he started, qualifying 7th on the grid also in Bologna and work his way up to second, he said ‘we went into the race just for the win as I know if I could win, the title was mine as second behind Dominic, Teemu or Bruno (Coelho) would not have been enough’.  Lacking the outright speed of in particular Greiner he said they knew they had to go for the win on strategy and it was always planned to go the full 45-minutes on the one set of tyres as well as running 6-minutes between fuels stops him feeling they probably could have stretched that even more such was the economy of his Maxima engine.  With Mazzeo catching him with just 20-seconds to go, he said he wanted to close the door on the Italian but with his own tyres done and the Italian not in title contention he knew second would still get him the ‘goal’ of the championship.


‘An amazing race, the level is very hard’, was Mazzeo’s reaction to his first ENS race win adding ‘congratulations to Jilles on winning the championship’.  Starting 3rd on the grid, the former European Champion said he made a big push to get by Coelho at the start and take up rear guard to his team-mate Greiner.  With Greiner going out after 3-minutes, he would lead the way but in the final 5-minutes before his tyre stop he said Coelho was very fast and closing him down.  With both Coelho and Leino making contact the 24-year-old said he then felt in control of the race after his tyre stop until his pitcrew informed him that Groskamp was not changing tyres, adding this meant the start of a race.  With his Gimar powered 748 better on the second set of tyres he would ‘push a lot’ encouraged by the updates from his team that he was closing on the HB driver by 3/10ths a lap.  Describing it as ‘a very nice but hard race’ with Groskamp, complimenting his style of racing, he said he waited for the best moment to make a pass, joking ‘just like (Valentino) Rossi’.


Joining Alessio and Groskamp on the podium would be Patrick Nähr, the Shepherd driver delighted to end the season with his first ENS podium finish.  The 23-year-old former European B Champion said ‘the race was not so easy’ as after his tyre change his Velox V10 was difficult to drive due to understeer. Other than this small issue he said ‘the rest of the rest went very good’.  Changing tyres at 20-minute he said his crew did a very good job changing all four tyres in 18-seconds.


Finishing the race fifth behind Capricorn’s Kyle Branson, Leino was happy to hold the second he had coming into the weekend saying it was a great overall result for HB.  On the race itself, the Finn said it was all going as planned at the beginning until ‘Bruno crashed into me at the end of the straight’ while rejoining from a pit stop.  He said while the Portuguese driver waited, the contact ruined his challenge for the win.  With the contact chunking a tyre, it was also discovered afterwards that the impact also caused the exhaust to move and not sit in the manifold correctly explaining the engine loosing its edge. The Aigen race winner would be ‘taken out’ a second time towards the end of the race by Tom Krägefski, leading Leino to sum up the race as ‘not a perfect final’.


Coelho said ‘I had a great car but a mistake in the chicane when I flipped on curbing and flamed out finished the race for me’.  Commenting on his contact with Leino, the Bologna race winner said ‘it was my fault,  I tried to leave room by staying wide but that was also the line he choose’.  Finishing the race 8th, the Xray driver would still hold on for third in the overall championship.


The driver who set the benchmark from the first practice and who was quickly establishing a lead in the final, Greiner said ‘the car was perfect, the only problem was I played safe and changed the engine’.  Running just 3 of the 45-minutes, in which he set the fastest lap of the race, the German said the Max engine he used to claim the overall TQ had a special lightened conrod so they opted for a more standard engine.  Fitting the engine for Q4 to test it he said while it has less power it had better run time so they stuck with it to be safe but ‘it wasn’t to be’.  His retirement would allow Ettlingen race winner Dirk Wischnewski, who finished today’s race 6th, to pass him for fourth in the final standings.


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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Chassis Focus – David Loppini


Chassis – Xray NT1 2015
Engine – Gimar Speed
Fuel – MLC
Tires (handout) – HotRace
Radio/Servo – Futaba
Body – SRC Spark

Remarks – Managing to get a spot in the A-Main for the second year in a row at this event, young Italian driver David Loppini is racing a private Xray NT1 with a number of modifications he conceived that are also the core subject of his thesis in mechanical engineering. Working mainly on flex, he handcrafted from carbon fibre a V-shaped front stiffener, a rear transmission axle stiffener and a bridge between the radio tray and the rear end. In the front end he obtained a 10% rigidity improvement by locking the arm pins to the bulkheads, the pins themselves functioning as torsion bars.

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2015 Final Championship Standings

1/8th scale Class
1. Balestri Dario - 463pts
2. Kurzbuch Simon - 460pts
3. Pietsch Robert - 457pts
4. Pirani Andrea - 449pts
5. Hoppe Lars - 448pts
6. Tironi Francesco - 446pts
7. Ermen John - 438pts
8. Depta Merlin - 437pts
9. Hächler Silvio - 436pts
10.Picco Alberto - 435pts
11.Vrielijnck Rick - 434pts
12.Ielasi Daniele - 423pts
13.Salemi Mirko - 423pts
14.Coelho Bruno - 421pts
15.Schäfer Patrick - 418pts

1/10th scale Class
1. Groskamp Jilles - 459pts
2. Leino Teemu - 455pts
3. Coelho Bruno - 453pts
4. Wischnewski Dirk - 451pts
5. Greiner Dominic - 449pts
6. Nähr Patrick - 449pts
7. Hagberg Alexander - 444pts
8. Tödtmann Thilo - 441pts
9. Hudy Martin - 436pts
10.Püpke Rene - 436pts
11.Kandelhart Gerhard - 432pts
12.Kerry Joe - 429pts
13.Krägefski Tom - 420pts
14.Kröber Rico - 418pts
15.Kaufmann Marco - 415pts

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