F1 RC Cars - 2012 Silverstone British Grand Prix
A record breaking 28 drivers, 26 cars and 12 different chassis. Plus the attendance of wives, girlfriends and kids.
A big welcome to the racers and to the new faces Bernard, Rodil, Jerome and Taka. And a bigger welcome to the families who accompanied the racers. Thanks to the wives and girlfriends for supporting.
An eventful afternoon full of racing excitment and technological chassis battles. Tamiya F103, F104, F201, 3Racing FGX, F109, Exotek F1R and HPI F10 f1 rc cars.
Formula One R/C Cars Video Highlight
A quick video summary of the event. Great racing action. Great people at the track. So much fun.
This time a lot of racers arrived early. All eager to get some practise laps in before the 1:45pm fastest lap qualifying session.
Above: Watch out guys. The supergirls are coming!
Photo: I usually award concours to the best body paint scheme. But this week concours belongs to the Tamiya F201 of Rey Parco. A work of art.
Above: Group photo. Competitors on the track, family off the track. It's all about making friends and having fun. Bringing together newbies, off-road and on-road racers.
Pleasant surprise was the speed of the 3Racing FGX of Rains Viola, putting his f1 car 7th in the A-main grid. Bernard Baticlan announced his return to racing by making it 10th in the A-main grid. And first time F1 racer Rodil making the tough A-main lineup. Way to go guys!
With 14 f1 rc cars on the grid, it would be an exciting and tough battle. What surprised me was the matured driving of the rookies. The starts and racing were very clean.
After 3 x 15 minutes of pure racing action it was veteran touring car driver Jerome Supan taking the win followed by monster truck racer Roldan Cortez and off-road racer Romel Gellado. Amazing to see drivers of different specialties race together in Formula 1 rc.
12 f1 rc cars line up on the grid. Though racing for fun, we can sense the tension and excitement. In the lineup are some of the fastest on-road and off-road racers in the country.
Racing was very clean and very close. And it all came down to A-main #3 to determine the champion. Amazing to see the skill of the drivers driving inches from each other.
The pressure was on for the 2010 Tamiya Asia Cup Finals F1 champion Yuichiro Takaya to show why he is the fastest F1 racer in Asia. And in the end Taka delivered the fastest run ever in the series with a 51 lap in 15minutes 5second time.
The fight was now for 2nd place. And it was a big surprise when Porsha Mangilit, starting 11th on the grid, put in a 50 lap performance despite a first lap crash to take 2nd on the podium. Well done!
And rounding off the final podium spot is top off-road racer (and rumored to be veteran Tamiya cup racer) Chito Detabali.
It was great racing!
F1 RC Cars 2012 British GP Overall Result
Photo: Porsha Mangilit (2nd), Yuichiro Takaya (Winner), Chito Detabali (3rd). Great racing guys and girl!
Post-race press conference - Great Britain (per my recollection which could be mixed with fantasy).
Q: Taka your car looked planted and easy to drive. What's the secret? You must be happy.
Taka: Nooo actually my F104 was very difficult to drive. After 5 minutes I felt so tired due to the concentration needed. I was contemplating changing to an easier to drive setup, but gambled that when track becomes higher grip in the finals the car would naturally become easier to drive. Happy and relieved to win. It was very tough competition.
Q: Porsha you came from 11th on the grid to take 2nd. How did you do it and how to you feel?
Porsha: I have been driving the F103. Today was the first time I tried the F104. Before qualifying I was leaning towards using the F103 as it was easy to drive versus the F104 which felt slightly faster but so difficult to drive. Decided to take a risk and went with the F104. Being unfamiliar, my qualifying was not so good. But during the races it became easier to drive and I am happy to be second to Tito Taka san.
Q: Chito, now two consecutive podium positions. Congratulations. Rumors have it that there are old photos of you racing in Tamiya Cups 10 years ago.
Chito: Hahaha you must have me mistaken for my older brother "Tochidet". I am happy to make it on the podium again. Have been testing rubber tires and I actually like them. The driving feel and style is more realistic. Can't wait to see how well I do with them.
Q: To all drivers, again congratulations!
And here are the overall points for "Rookie of the Year" award. Keep it up guys!
7 July 2012
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