Lionel Column #1 – Driver’s Market

Hello All

For the first time, I’m publishing some words about my feelings of the RC scene.

First thing, I’ve been a bit shocked to know Tamiya ended TRF; it’s the end of an incredible collaboration between the “biggest” brand in the RC industry, and one of the nicest driver, Marc Rheinard. I think we all had a Tamiya car by the past, and we have also all been impressed by the pure talent of Marc Rheinard.

The entire Rheinard family has also for sure been determinant to bring RC racing at the highest level in Europe, by creating ETS with the help of Scotty Ernst and the very professional Red-RC crew. Thank you all for what you done each year for the RC hobby.

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Global brands and drivers:

Many things seem to change in the RC racing scene; new brands are growing, older ones are reducing teams etc. In my eyes we are in a very exciting period with many changes, and many chances for some drivers and companies to show something different and to put themselves under the lights.

Serpent made an incredible job and created a very original car. I don’t know if this one is affordable and if a lambda driver is able to tune it without aspirin, but for sure the car showed high potential and I can only be respectful of the risk taken by the brand and the designer.

VBC also made a nice job on their new car, and recruited top drivers to have a strong team. I’m sure they will be the third team right after Xray and Yokomo, at equality with Awesomatix.

If we check the popular brands in 1/10 touring, and think about what was RC since decades, what about Tamiya, Kyosho and Associated ? These big names, are replaced by new companies in the pits… even if some of them are still very active in other categories. Only Yokomo remains on top after so many years; and we also could say Xray, even if the brand isn’t old as the four mentioned.

There are also many changes on the driver’s side, and with TRF ending now, this will increase this global movement.

There are also some newcomers with incredible talent, like Alexandre Duchet arrived from France like a meteor! He showed all his talent all the year. After years in Mini-Z, Alexandre started 1/10 Touring one year ago. For his first year in the category, he became 10.5 Stock French Champion, finished 2nd at the Euro in Slovakia, and now wins ETS round 1 in Czech Republic. He also tried 1/8 on road classic brushless this year, and is now French champion and also finished second of the euro. How many guys are going crazy by reading this paragraph !?

So yes, many changes in the driver’s field, especially this year. New talents are coming, and older ones changing team!

I can’t say if this situation will lower the costs / salaries of pro drivers, but I think it will be quickly being more difficult to find sponsors for high level racing drivers, the number of them will probably be reduced in the next months; we will see.

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Team Magic:

Even if Team Magic is a small brand, we received many driver’s inquiries; from drivers of different levels, professional driver to club racer. Top driver’s demands are usually something difficult to manage due to costs… we are still a small team and small company, but for sure we are very pleased to see top drivers really interested in our car and team; and not for money only.

I recently signed some new drivers in the team, and I would like to say welcome to them through these lines. They all seem very excited and motivated. I already announced Martin Sorlie from Norway and the young Luca Becker from Luxembourg, and I will officially announce some new drivers soon, especially from Belgium; I just miss some pictures to do that.

The next step will be the Team Magic Workshop in Antwerpen / Belgium. I’m very proud to have nice and so motivated drivers in the team to organise that kind of event. Thank you Pasquinel for that!

Many Team Magic drivers will participate this event, like Patrick Gassauer, Rob Janssen, Jacques Libars, Richard Arts and of course almost all the Belgian TM drivers. Steven Weiss also managed to have free days to be able to come both days, thank you a lot to him for that.

Of course, I invite any RC driver, of any brand, to join us on Sunday, which will be an open day at the EZ Racing Track in Antwerpen.

Best regards to all, wish you all the best for the next races and see you at the racetrack !

Lionel Troyon – TM team manager

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HRC Racing – Dual Star Charger Teaser

HRC is very pleased to announce the release of its all new Dual Star Charger V1.0 for January 2017 !

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This charger will perfectly complete the current range of HRC Star Charger and Star-Lite Charger, with a powerful DUAL OUTPUT charger, which also includes the all-new LiHV battery mode, and a smart USB output for your smartphone or any other USB device.

Stay tuned for more information soon !

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NEW – Team Magic B8ER “ARR” version

You asked it, we made it !

After many inquiries from users and retailers, Team Magic is proud to introduce the B8ER “ARR” version. The B8ER comes factory assembled by Team Magic, without electronics and motor, to allow you to choose the combo of your choice.

TM560011B-ARR     Car – 1/8 Electric – 4WD Buggy – ARR – Team Magic B8ER

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B8ER Main Features:

  • Aluminium Chassis, Shock Towers and Steering Linkage Plates
  • Aluminium Chassis Stiffener
  • Aluminium Motor Mount
  • Aluminium Shock Dampers
  • Fully Adjustable Turnbuckles Rod
  • CVD Type Universal Joints
  • Three Gear Differentials
  • Rubber Sealed Ball Bearings
  • HRC BullDog Tires
  • Finished Body Shell

Available now !

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Martin Sørlie joins Team Magic

martin-teamNorwegian driver Martin Sørlie joins Team Magic !

Martin will drive the Team Magic touring car at local and national races, as well as some ETS rounds.

Welcome in the team Martin !

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MRC Longwy Winter Series Round 2: another 2 podiums for Team Magic !

Another two podium performance for Team Magic, during the second round of the popular MRCL Winter Series at Longwy, north of France.

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In 10.5 category, Jacques Libar finished on the overall second position, and first driver with Volante 28 tires, right behind Richard Volta (Team Powers 26). Alexander Becker finished third to complete the podium.

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Team Magic on the podium at MRCZ Open International Race 2016

Last weekend was the MTCZ Open International Race 2016, at Zwevegem in Belgium. Some Team Magic drivers participated this race.

We found some pictures and results via TM facebook group, where we read the young Vic Dejaegere wins the Gentleman category with his E4JS II !

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Arthur Brulé / Team Magic E4RS III Plus on the podium at SITCC round 1 at Geneva !

SITCC is since years the most popular RC touring series in Switzerland. Team Magic driver Arthur Brulé participated the first round of SITCC, and finished at a great third place !

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Great job Arthur !

Overall Result – 1/10 Touring:
A – 1. Kevin Zwahlen
A – 2. Walter Pollet-Villard
A – 3. Arthur Brulé – Team Magic E4RS III Plus / HRC Racing
A – 4. David Naldini
A – 5. Paul Franceschi
A – 6. Vincent Cavard
A – 7. Nicolas Huguenin – Team Magic E4RS III Plus / HRC Racing
A – 8. Cédric Ansermoz
B – 9. Kilian Lardon
B – 10. Florent Denervaud
B – 11. Maxime Rebourg
B – 12. Tolotta Raffaele
B – 13. Laurent Canetti
B – 14. Antoine Verdan
B – 15. Renaud Brusselle
B – 16. Jean-Claude Bignens
C – 17. Cédric Courant
C – 18. Blaise Labarthe
C – 19. Xavier Deparde
C – 20. Yves Zwahlen
C – 21. Christophe Glauser
C – 22. Nicolas Rais
C – 23. Rodrigo Amendoeira
C – 24. Alexis Banderier
D – 25. François Rais
D – 26. Marc Camporini
D – 27. Sladjan Djuric
D – 28. Steve Deiss
D – 29. Samuel Verdan
D – 30. Thierry Strappazzon
D – 31. Thomas Rais
D – 32. Anthony Joye
E – 33. Johnny Jegerlehner
E – 34. Alex Carusi
E – 35. Eric Petoud
E – 36. Steve Joye
E – 37. José Arza
E – 38. Hervé Cettour
E – 39. Steivan Tarreau
F – 40. Fulvio Fiorucci
F – 41. Herve Gondian
F – 42. Laurent Thevenot
F – 43. Laetizia Carusi
F – 44. Jennifer Grifon

Overall Result – Junior:
1. martin Djuric
2. Antoine Brulé
3. Clara Carusi
4. Matthew Joye
5. Erwan Labarthe
6. Léia Verdan
7. Lisa Brulé

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First Team Magic Workshop at EZ Racing Track in Belgium 17-18 December 2016

Team Magic Europe is very proud to announce the first Team magic Workshop, organized with the great help of TM Belgian driver Pasquinel Neys, on the EZ Racing Track, near Antwerp, in Belgium; the 17 and 18 December 2016.

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Many Team Magic drivers already confirmed their venue, like Patrick Gassauer, Jacques Libar, Rob Janssen, as well as TM drivers from Belgium, Netherlands and Germany.

This event will be a very good opportunity to meet other TM drivers and users, and is open to all TM divers and customers on Saturday and Sunday; and also to all drivers of any other brand on Sunday. Don’t hesitate to join us !

EZ Racing Track use same carpet than ETS series, which offers a very good grip level and perfect car driveability.

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Team Magic / HRC supports young and talented driver Luca Becker !

luca-teamAs you all know, people at Team Magic / HRC Distribution aren’t only focused on top drivers, but also support young and talented drivers like Marco Balmer in Switzerland, Julian Garbi in Germany, and now Luca Becker in Luxembourg.

Luca choose the Team Magic E4RS III Plus to participate to Winter Series at MRC Logwy this winter, as well as races in Luxembourg; and has a large progression margin for the future.

We are happy to support him and wish him all the best.

Welcome in our junior team Luca !

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Rob Janssen wins first round of MRC Vianen Indoor Cup 2016-2017 !

Team Magic dutch driver and 2 time dutch national champion, Rob Janssen, wins the first round of MRC Vianen Indoor Cup 2016-2017 !

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Rob teammates, the Arts-brothers, Richard and Ronald, finished third and fourth.

Good job guys !

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