Well, I just returned from Italy. It was such a fun and interesting 8 days that its pretty hard to put into mere words. Wow - who'd have ever thought that this RC event (in Italy) would coincide with Team Italy's huge victory over Germany - then the overall win
in the World Cup? Kinda like icing on the cake for me. So cool. I've never seen a more passionate people in my life than the good folks of Torino.
I want to congradulate Andy Moore
on his impressive World Championship win. He was a class-act right from the start. Let there be no doubt - the right guy won the ISTC Worlds. He was top qualifier and consistently ran the quickest laps as well. Never seemed to put a wheel wrong and he played no "games". I'm sincerely happy for you Andy.
I'd like to express the same sentiment toward David Spashett
on his 1/12th Scale World Championship. Well done David! Its always a pleasure watching you race.
On the body side, it feels very gratifying as a body manufacturer to have another 2 "IFMAR Worlds" titles to add to our list. I'd like to thank all
those who used PROTOform race bodies regardless of your finishing results. In the Touring Car World's 19 of top 20
racers used the Mazda 6 with only Masami using a brand other than Pf. We debuted an all new high(er) downforce PROTOform TC wing at the event and it appered to be very effective. Most of them were lost in shipping and thus I was only able to supply a few racers. However Paul, Viktor and Craig used them in reaching the a-main. (this double wing set will be available in a couple of weeks)
In the 1/12th Scale World's the results were pretty similar as 18 of the top 20
used the PROTOform Speed 12. The racers who finished 9th and last in the a-main used a different brand. A sincere "Thankyou!" to you all.
A few personal thoughts and tidbits:
- Paul Lemiex served notice on the racers and manufacturers of the rc world that he's not just
an rc master on carpet. He was awsome
. Kudos to Paul for his podium finish - as well as Truespeed's Jim Dieter!
- Viktor Wilck and Ronald Volker also made impressive runs at the title. Both appear to have the DNA of future world champions.
- Rick Howart's speed and skill simply confirmed what guys like me and Anders already know: older guys rock!
I can guarantee all of you this one thing: that I'll be working hard on new designs to keep this momentum going into the foreseeable future.
Dale Epp - PROTOform