Hot! That’s what everyone will remember Round 2 of the German IDS RC-drift series by. For us though, the temperature seemed to work as we managed to get not one, but two podium spots!
More details and pictures after the jump.
The guys from RC Kyushajin have partnered up with the IDS Drift series this year to bring a RC-drift competition series to Germany for the first time. The first round was held at Hockenheim circuit right next to the IDS Drift series, this round however would be just the RC-Drift series and at an RC deticated track.
The venue for Round 2 was Megadrom in Geilenkirchen, just over the border. This explains the large number of Dutch entries. It was almost a Holland vs. Germany battle, I think it was a 13 to 18 ratio? Anyway, Megadrom is a venue for all RC car disciplines, with an outdoor offroad, onroad and crawler track and an indoor carpet track. Even though the weather was great, we were using the indoor track. This proved a big challenge for all the newcomers, who spend the first half of the day searching for the right setup and tires to use.
The sticky tire adhesive left on the track by racers, the hot temperature and the grippy carpet itself made the tire choice very difficult. Even our carpet-specific Kazama tires had problems with heat. In the end they, and also surprisingly the Yokomo R2’s, proved to be the least problematic and with all the power turned down we got some nice runs in.
After the initial Top32 battles, almost all Dutch drivers were still in the game. This was turning out to be a succesfull round for all of us! Over half of the Top16 was now Dutch, but unfortunatly this meant we would start to knock each other out of the competition.
The first one to get knocked out was Tijs who, after several reruns with Davey, misjudged Davey’s leadrun and hit him hard.
Next up was Edo, who had to battle ? from ?. I’m not sure what happened exactly, but in the end it was ? who moved on unfortunatly.
Both Reinier and Ricardo survived the Top16 and Top8, and moved on to the final 4. This is where Ronny bested Ricardo, and moved on to the final with Reinier. No worries though, there was still one more battle to go.
Picture by Bip – Crazyunity
After Ricardo secured the first podium spot for TWS by winning the battle for 3rd place, Reinier had to battle Ronny for the gold. After the runs nobody was sure who got the win, it was really a close call! Timo, one of the organisers, announced the winner during the prize ceremony and we were pleasantly surprised. I think the above picture says it all really!
Thanks to IDS and Megadrom for a great day!
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