Rob Janssen / Team Magic E4RS III Plus wins 4th round of Dutch Nationals @ Groningen

Even if the E4RS III Plus is going to be replaced by the all-new E4RS4, it is still able to win races again and again, like last week-end with Rob Janssen in Netherlands for the round 4 of Dutch Nationals.

Rob Janssen / Team Magic E4RS III Plus wins 4th round of Dutch Nationals @ Groningen

With rain during the Sunday, Rob had to find a good strategy to win the race, with the help of his dutch teammates Richard and Ronald Arts. Finally, Rob won the race, Stefan Rommens from Belgium finished 5th, Ronald Arts 6th and Richard Arts 9th; all the four Team Magic cars in the A-main. Great job guys !

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Team Magic presence & Technical Support at ETS round 6 @ Ettlingen in Germany

The 6th and last round of ETS season will be a very special event for Team Magic.

This race will be the first official race with the all-new Team Magic E4RS4 2018 specs Touring Car, designed by Lionel Troyon and Jeremy Clavey, both present to the event to assist all Team Magic drivers and users.

Kevin Ting (general manager of Team Magic Taïwan) and Stefan Hartweg (owner of HRC Distribution / Team Magic Europe) will also be there to meet and support the drivers.

Team Magic presence & Technical Support at ETS round 6 @ Ettlingen in Germany
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Statement from Lionel Troyon – Team Magic Europe team manager:

Ettlingen will be a very special and great event for Team Magic.

  • The E4RS4 will be released only a few days before the race, and this event will be the first official race for our new TC platform.
  • My friend Jeremy Clavey, who made a great job by designing all the new parts of the E4RS4 like I asked him (and sometime better than I asked !) will be also there for the first official race with the car we designed together.
  • Both Kevin Ting (TM Taiwan) and Stefan Hartweg (TM Europe) will assist the race during one day, to meet our drivers and enjoy the special ETS atmosphere.
  • Team Magic is also very pleased to provide some stuff for the ETS tombola, like bags, tools and setting gauges.

Can’t wait that great event !!  See you soon at the track 🙂

Lionel Troyon – Team Magic team manager.

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Thomas Vigneron – 2017 Modified Euro A-Finalist – extends contract with Team Magic / HRC for 2018

Thomas Vigneron - 2017 Modified Euro A-Finalist - extends contract with Team Magic / HRC for 2018Thomas Vigneron, current Modified French National Champion, and Modified Euro A-Finalist some days ago in Spain, confirmed he will drive the all-new E4RS4 and help the team to develop the Team Magic touring cars series.

Some days after the announcement for Rémi Callens, all the staff at Team Magic and HRC are very pleased to announce Thomas will continue the adventure with them.

Thomas is a very well appreciated and humble driver, who proved all his talent since he joined the team early 2016, to obtain his first modified national title.

 

Original statment from Thomas Vigneron (english version):

I thank all the people from Team Magic and HRC for their confidence; I’m very happy to be able to continue the collaboration with Team Magic and HRC also for the 2018 races.

The team is super motivated and I’m very positive about the capacities of the new E4RS4. I can’t wait to start to develop the new car on the various races 2017 and 2018.

 

Déclaration originale de Thomas Vigneron (version française):

Je remercie toutes les personnes de Team Magic et HRC pour leur confiance; je suis très heureux de pouvoir continuer la collaboration avec Team Magic et HRC pour les courses en 2018 également.

Le Team est super motivé et je suis très positif sur les capacités de la nouvelle E4RS4. J’ai vraiment hâte de pouvoir faire évoluer la nouvelle voiture sur les différentes courses 2017 et 2018.

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Thomas Vigneron / Team Magic E4RS III Plus A-FINALIST @ EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP !!

This week-end was the European Championship in Spain. Team Magic driver Thomas Vigneron, current modified French Champion participated this event and made incredible results during all the race, with his “old” Team Magic E4RS III Plus, as the E4RS4 will arrive around mid July.

Thomas Vigneron / Team Magic E4RS III Plus A-FINALIST @ EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP !!

Thomas Vigneron made very nice qualification runs, with a 5th overall place in Q1 and 7th in Q2. So, he qualified his Team Magic E4RS III Plus in A-main in modified category, at the 9th overall place.

Of course, I crossed all the fingers I can with the hope to obtain a 6th or 7th place, which was for sure something possible, but the simple fact to be in finale, for a small team like Team Magic – moreover with the “old” E4RS III Plus – is something incredible and fantastic ! (Look at the B-main to understand)

GREAT JOB Thomas !!

Lionel Troyon – Team Manager for Team Magic Europe

Original report from Thomas Vigneron (version française en fin de page):

Hola! The last weekend took place the European championship Touring in Spain in Almussafes (close Valencia). The French team is composed of 5 Modified drivers, 8 in stock and 1 in F1.

Thursday is dedicated to the registration, the free practices and the controlled practices. The Tires imposed for every driver are the LRP G36 which are strong with correct performances. The imposed tire additive is the LRP asphalt. This chosen additive does not procure a lot of grip to the tires on this asphalt; but it is necessary to make with, especially as everybody is on the equal footing. The free practices allow me to discover the track and especially the very low conditions of grip. The balance of my Team Magic is good but springs and hydraulics are not adapted.

Thomas Vigneron / Team Magic E4RS III Plus A-FINALIST @ EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP !!

After some favourable adjustment, the controlled practices start in purpose to determinate a re-classification to dispatch the drivers of same level in qualification groups. Driving in used tires, I abandon the idea to perform on 2 laps and I decide to make these runs like qualification runs to the constancy of me and my car over 5 minutes. The two runs are OK, the car is quite easy and steer round, with a bit of understeering. Contrary to all expectations I am classified 13th and first French of the reseeding. I am rather confident for the next day and hope for an improvement of 2 tenth by lap with new tires, so 3 seconds over 5 minutes.

On Fridays there is a practice before the 6 qualifications, it allows me to modify the setup of my Team Magic and to determine the setup for the qualis, I realize the 8th time on 2 laps, still with my tires of Thursday. The car is on the limit between comfort and performance, ideal to begin the qualifications. We all have 5 sets of fresh tires for 6 qualis.

Thomas Vigneron / Team Magic E4RS III Plus A-FINALIST @ EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP !!

My Q1 is done without mistake with a small slowing down in the last 3 laps to insure my place. Ronald Volker who observed the run congratulates me. I say to myself that it was probably not so bad and after the run of the series of Ronald and Bruno Coelho I am still 5th at 25 hundredth of the 3rd, Loïc Jasmin. I am over the moon! I hope to redo just at least once a run like that.

After Q3 I am always 4th in the general ranking behind Ronald, Bruno and Marc Rheinard, a kid’s dream (I know some are going to laugh at me but I assume, lol). Q4, I still do not touch the setup and I come down to the 5th place, Q5 I start with used tires and contrary to all expectations I have some grip and traction in the point to make wheeling and to roll over in the back turn of the straight line where a bump destabilize the cars.

Before the start of Q6, the A-finale is not still safe for me; we are 6 drivers with 2 points of gap only. I decide to start in new tires (I wanted to keep an extra train for the finales) and to modify slightly my setup by removing the anti-dive in my front arms. The car is of course easier, not faster but I am more consistent on 5 minutes and I realize my Q6. The most constant and thus the fastest of my qualis, even if 9 drivers are faster at this moment.

Thomas Vigneron / Team Magic E4RS III Plus A-FINALIST @ EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP !!

I am a little worried during marshalling of the last series and in the wait of the overall ranking. I am finally relieved when I discover that I would participate the Modified A-Main the next day by starting from the 9th place. I am also very satisfied for Loïc who joins finale A after Q6 and also disappointed for Cyril who stays in B-Main.

On Saturday, day of the finales, it is raining! Fortunately the rain stops fast to leave place to the sun and to a practice with a dry track, but with not much grip. I take advantage of this practice to try a harder differential and more camber gain on front. As result: I would have had to make it earlier, I regret it.

Thomas Vigneron / Team Magic E4RS III Plus A-FINALIST @ EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP !!

Finale 1, no anxiety nor of stress, I cannot believe it. During the call of the pilots in front of me, I can’t believe to be called with them! At 2 minutes of the end, I am 6th with a small advance on the following ones. Unfortunately, at 4 minutes 30 everything stops, the pinion decided to leave my motor.

The finales 2 and 3 are alike, I end twice 8th and thus to the 10th place overall, with nevertheless a good rhythm in the laps in all finales.

I would keep in memory the Modified podium with the finalists, the fireworks in broad daylight, the very pleasant track layout. And also the speed radar on display with correct top speeds despite of the low grip: a small 117kmh for me and a 121kmh for Alexander Hagberg. The victory in stock of our Alexandre Duchet, the fight on the track between Julien Jost and Jan Ratheisky; and a travel back to Paris rather long but in Class C.

European Championship – Overall Result:
A – 1. Ronald Volker
A – 2. Marc Rheinard
A – 3. Bruno Coelho
A – 4. Alexander Hagberg
A – 5. Viljami Kutvonen
A – 6. Elliott Harper
A – 7. David Perez Perez
A – 8. Loïc Jasmin
A – 9. Viktor Wilck
A – 10. Thomas Vigneron – Team Magic E4RS III Plus

B – 11. Christopher Krapp
B – 12. Frederik Südhoff
B – 13. Cyril N`diaye
B – 14. Michal Orlowski
B – 15. Nicola Marrone
B – 16. Manuel Wagner
B – 17. Alessio Menicucci
B – 18. Alexandre Laurent
B – 19. Harley Eldridge
B – 20. Marc Fischer

C – 21. Javi Ferrando
C – 22. Olivier Bultynck
C – 23. Anna Wysgol
C – 24. Miko Teponoja
C – 25. Aaron Rose
C – 26. David Ehrbar
C – 27. Damian Giddins
C – 28. Jesus Casanova Aparisi
C – 29. Finn Olav Aasen
C – 30. Tommy Jensen Indrefl
C – 31. Henning Stavnhaugen

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Rémi Callens – former European Champion – extend contract with Team Magic / HRC for 2018

The french ace, who joined Team Magic two years ago as factory driver, will drive the all-new E4RS4 and continue to participate to the development of the Team Magic touring cars.

Both Team Magic and HRC are very satisfied with Rémi, a driver always positive, and fair in the pits and on the tracks.

Rémi is also very dedicated to help us to bring the Team Magic brand to the top, and always show a good image of our product; which is very important for any brand. We are very pleased to extend his contract and to keep him in the team until end 2018.

Original statment from Rémi Callens:

I’m very proud to continue with Team Magic and HRC. I feel really good in this team, where I found a nice atmosphere and can well collaborate with the other drivers. The management is especially attentive to the drivers, and listen our feedback’s. So, I can take a real part in the car development, which is very interesting.

The new E4RS4 is a real step to competitivity and I’m very excited to race with it soon.

I thanks all people at Team Magic and HRC, for the confidence they grant me since already two years.

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Matteo Berlincioni / Team Magic E4RS III+ finishes on second place at UISP race @ Reggio Emilia

A round of the UISP championship was held this week-end @ the beautiful track of Reggio Emilia (Italy).

Matteo Berlincioni / Team Magic E4RS III+ finishes on second place at UISP race @ Reggio Emilia

Matteo Berlincioni obtained a good second place in qualification in the 17.5 category, and maintained this nice position during the finales, behind Umberto Pernice, while Giancarlo De Caro complete the podium.

Matteo Berlincioni / Team Magic E4RS III+ finishes on second place at UISP race @ Reggio Emilia

Overal Result:
1. Umberto Pernice
2. Matteo Berlincioni – Team Magic E4RS III Plus
3. Giancarlo De Caro
4. Luigi Laviola
5. Giovanni Calvi
6. Luca Bigi
7. Paolo Bettosti
8. Lorenzo Cavatorti
9. Vittoria Fenili
10. Ivan Caffarri

Matteo Berlincioni / Team Magic E4RS III+ finishes on second place at UISP race @ Reggio Emilia

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E4RS4 @ Swiss Nats: the development with Patrick Gassauer continue !

Right after the ETS round 5 in Slovakia, Patrick Gassauer made the trip to Geneva to join Marco Balmer and Lionel Troyon to participate the 3rd round of Swiss Championship.

E4RS4 @ Swiss Nats: the development with Patrick Gassauer continue !

This race was a test in special conditions for the E4RS4, as the Swiss Nationals requires Sweep Tires, and tire additive are banned at the Geneva’s track for ecological concerns; two key-elements totally unknown for Patrick.

During qualifications, Patrick made a second place in run 4, and a fourth place in run 2, while his young teammate Marco Balmer made two sixth place in round 1 and 2.

This resulted in place 3 on the grid for Patrick, behind Michele Manzo and Philipp Huber, and place 8 for Marco Balmer. So, the two Team Magic cars in A-finale.

During all the race, we made tests with springs and some other key-elements, both on the pre-serie E4RS4 version of Patrick and on the regular E4RS III Plus of Marco. So, for the finale, we switched to the very performing Team Magic TC Pro springs series, P2.7 front, and L2.8 rear, providing a better balance and overall grip.

E4RS4 @ Swiss Nats: the development with Patrick Gassauer continue !

So, Patrick has been able to fight in the 2 first positions at every final run, but simply had bad luck with overlapped drivers. In the first final, a car simply “landed” (yes, I have no other word !) on his E4RS4 while Patrick was chasing Michele Manzo after taking the lead for 2 laps and being passed by Michele some corners before the incident.

In finale 2, Patrick was second or third when an overlapped driver push his car resulting in a body-tuck… where Patrick lost a half lap before being marshaled.

And in finale 3, Patrick took the lead quickly in front of Michele and Philipp, and finaly won the race after a nice fight with Philipp Huber, followed by Walter Pollet-Villard and Michele Manzo.

Race was clearly more difficult for Marco Balmer, with a DNF in Finale 1, and some fights in other rounds. But it’s the Marco’s first year in Modified, after several years in ProStock, and the transition require time to be competitive. Marco made very nice runs and laps, and will for sure progress quickly. He obtained the best rookie trophy, good job !

E4RS4 @ Swiss Nats: the development with Patrick Gassauer continue !

Top 10:
1. Michele Manzo
2. Fabian Widmer
3. Philipp Huber
4. Patrick Gassauer – Team Magic E4RS4 pre-serie
5. Oliver Krähemann
6. Walter Pollet-Villard
7. Bastien DeMarco
8. Boris Siladi
9. Raffaele Tolotta
10. Marco Balmer – Team Magic E4RS III Plus

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NEW – HRC Distribution Sommer 2017 Catalogue

HRC Distribution is very proud to introduce its all-new Summer 2017 Catalogue.

NEW - HRC Distribution Sommer 2017 Catalogue

Full color, 164 pages, multi languages (English / German / French).

HRC-17A – Catalog – HRC Distribution – Summer 2017 – English / German / French

NEW - HRC Distribution Sommer 2017 Catalogue

NEW - HRC Distribution Sommer 2017 Catalogue

NEW - HRC Distribution Sommer 2017 Catalogue

NEW - HRC Distribution Sommer 2017 Catalogue

NEW - HRC Distribution Sommer 2017 Catalogue

NEW - HRC Distribution Sommer 2017 Catalogue

NEW - HRC Distribution Sommer 2017 Catalogue

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Two Team Magic E4RS III Plus on the podium at French Nats, with Vigneron & Callens

Last week-end was the fourth round of French Nationals at La Ferrière aux Etangs.

Two Team Magic E4RS III Plus on the podium at French Nats, with Vigneron & Callens

Thomas Vigneron made the pole position, and finished second behind Cyril N’Diaye, while his teammate Rémi Callens finished third.

Modified – top 3:
1. Cyril N’Diaye
2. Thomas Vigneron – Team Magic E4RS III Plus
3. Rémi Callens – Team Magic E4RS III Plus

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Team Magic E4RS4 made brilliant debuts at ETS round 5 in Slovakia

Hello all,

Last week-end was fifth round of ETS – Euro Touring Series – in Slovakia, at the very nice Hudy Arena facilities. Unfortunately, the rain perturbated a lot the event, and made several unhappy drivers in the pits. That’s life, and that was same for all.

Team Magic E4RS4 made brilliant debuts at ETS round 5 in Slovakia

Some days before the race, Patrick Gassauer, Kevin Ting (TM Taiwan) and me (manager and responsible of the car concept) decided to take the challenge to race this 5th ETS round with a pre-series version of the E4RS4. Kevin picked-up the necessary parts between production and anodization processes just one week before the race, to send me them by fedex. I prepared cars on Tuesday before the race.

First reactions in the pits was really good, due to very advanced part design, especially the motor mount and the servo mount “it’s a fu****ng expensive design, you are crazy” told my friend Giorgio Favaretto from Fenix Racing. “Nice to see interesting innovations” told me a driver from norway, about our middle longitudinal flex damper.

Team Magic E4RS4 made brilliant debuts at ETS round 5 in Slovakia

Of course, we had no experience with the E4RS4 assembled with all the definitive parts. Only some of them have been tested earlier this year (prototype motor mount tested during ETS at Riccione), as well as some parts which was optional for the E4RS III Plus (front driveshafts and spool outdrives with 3mm pins instead of plastic blades). But we clearly miss experience with new flex  (design and also new material due to a new graphite plates supplier), and shocks.

To be honest, I was totally affraid to put the car on the track and to have something terrible to drive for Patrick; but Thursday, during the practices, the laptimes with fresh tires was very promising (top 5). For a first test, the car was a lot more competitive than expected. I can’t explain the emotions I felt at this moment.

Team Magic E4RS4 made brilliant debuts at ETS round 5 in Slovakia

All things became more complicated with the rain on friday and saturday. We was simply not able to continue setup development during the inexisting (because cancelled) practice sessions of friday.

Saturday morning, we just had a 2-minutes run to validate setup… so Patrick made the first and unique qualification of saturday like that, and made the 12th position. Not so bad (especially when we look on the name behind him), but far away of the TQ run he made last year (Patrick was the only non-Xray to ran a TQ run last year at Hudy Arena).

Team Magic E4RS4 made brilliant debuts at ETS round 5 in Slovakia

So, Sunday morning, 30 minutes before the second and last round of qualification (!), Patrick gambled to change the setup, to try to reach the A-final. Unfortunatly, he missed a bit his target. Second qualification was a little bit faster, but not enough. So, he finished overall 15th.

Of course it’s disapointing, and not the expected result, in regards to his fantastic result of last year and the laptimes of Thursday practices. But with only 2 runs on two complete days friday and saturday, with a totally new car, we can be happy to not be deeper in the classification.

Team Magic E4RS4 made brilliant debuts at ETS round 5 in Slovakia

For the finales, Patrick told me “you can change what you want in the car”. So, I decided to change some settings: higher front roll center / softer front springs / less camber overall / more bumpsteer.

First B-finale was simply incredible. Patrick started 5th, quickly passed 4th, tried to pass the 3rd car twice, and finally got 2nd position when the two cars in front of him had contact. He reduced the gap again and again at each lap to finish on the wheels of Johannes Sperr. Patrick just missed one lap to try to overtake. Feeling was nice, and some drivers told me the cars looks impressive on the track.

Team Magic E4RS4 made brilliant debuts at ETS round 5 in Slovakia

Of course, I watched the A-finale some minutes later, and had the surprise to see all the A-finalist finishing on a slower overal time than Johannes and Patrick; and again in the second A-finale !

For the second and last B-finale, Patrick asked to have more steering, so we changed a bit the setup… but the tires wasn’t good enough and the run wasn’t better than the first one.

Team Magic E4RS4 made brilliant debuts at ETS round 5 in SlovakiaI was really impatient to check the times of the third A-finale… to know if the Johannes and Patrick made a better result than all the A-finales… and no… Christian Donath won the third A-finale with a better time… but is the only driver to make a better result than the first B-finale. This show how the qualifications have been affected by the rain, and how fast is the new Team Magic E4RS4 !! That’s racing !

As team manager and E4RS4 concept designer, I felt really sorry for Patrick Gassauer, Jeremy Clavey (parts designer) and Team Magic people at Taiwan. They all deserved to see the E4RS4 in A-finale; but conditions worked against us, and things was unfortunately out of normal control. Patrick and me both made our best possible, but setup made by knowledge and theory needs confirmation on track, something we didn’t get.

Team Magic E4RS4 made brilliant debuts at ETS round 5 in Slovakia

Thanks a lot to Patrick Chev Gassauer, for all the efforts, dedication and confidence. Thanks also to Jeremy to designed the parts exactly as I asked, and thanks to Kevin and TM staff for all the job.

The E4RS4 is very promising, a real step forward on the performance side, and I’m sure future success will help us to forget the disapointment of today.

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