I´m just back from the LRP Masters track at Eppelheim/Germany.
Beside the national HPI Challenge there is the Masters class with 150 drivers attending from all over the world. This is including World Champions Surikarn and Atsushi Hara and lot of European and National Champions and Worlds finalists like David Spashett, Craig Drescher, Teemo Leino, Barry Baker, Benni Gröschel, Jonas Kaerup, Andi Moore and soone.
It´s an indoor carpet track build for this race meeting by the local raceclub MSC Eppelheim assisted by LRP RD and motorman Reto König.
Tires are handout LRP VTEC 24R tires including VTEC inserts and wheels. Tire traction LRP Grip only. Motors are limited to 12 turns according to EFRA rules. Bodies according EFRA rules so no Stratus 2, Alfa2 and Mazda6 allowed. Most drivers are using the Protoform Stratus 1.
If you´re interested you could find more informations at the official website http://www.lrp-hpi-challenge.com/eppelheim04/index.html
If there is just one short resume of todays (Saturday) racing than it´s the TRF 415 is the car to beat and nobody could touch young German guy Marc Rheinard. After 3 rounds today he´s on a provisional TQ. Tomorrow morning the fourth and final round of qualifying will be held with two rounds counting. In his fastest heat he was leading by an incredible 5 seconds for the secondfastest driver Teemo Leino with his Schumacher Mi2. Third place currently goes to David Spashett with his Losi XXX-S. Seems he´s back again after switching to Peak Racing.
All other drivers are very close and it´s very easy falling down from an A-Final place down to C-Final by making a very small mistake.
Most cars at the track are TRF 415 and HPI Pro4 by far. The TC3 team is a little behind seems they aren´t that strong as usual but last qualifier will show what´s going on.
For motors it seems the Team Orion/Peak Racings V2 motors are the fastest and lot of drivers from the first 30 positions are using them. The LRP Team is using their brandnew silver compound brushes and these do work very good.
Regarding Speedcontrols most drivers are using LRP Quantum 2/Nosram Dominator Evolution but some very fast guys are using KO/Hara Twister ESC´s also.
Regarding cars it´s nothing special.
TC3´s look like as usual.
Some of the 415´s are using double upper deck but noone is using the special chassis as could be seen at the pre LRP Masters practice. Marc Rheinards TRF415 looks nothing special at all beside the rear aluminium uprights. He´s using just the kit´s single upper deck. From what I have heard today he didn´t change anything since he got his car.
Atsushi Hara is using a flipped over upperdeck so there are no countersinked screws used as mentioned already in the Pro4 thread. Seems this is working better regarding tweak.
So after 3 rounds out of 4 it´s like this:
1 - Marc Rheinard - Tamiya TRF415/Team Orion
2 - Teemo Leino - Schumacher Mi2/Team Orion
3 - David Spashett - Losi XXX-S G+/Peak Racing
4 - Atsushi Hara - HPI Pro4/Team Orion
5 - Surikarn - Tamiya TRF415/Peak Racing
6 - Steen Graversen - Tamiya TRF415/Corally
7 - Benni Gröschel - HPI Pro4/LRP
8 - Andy Moore - HPI Pro4/Team Orion
9 - Jilles Groskamp - Xray/Team Orion
10 - Jonas Kaerup - TC3/Reedy
11 - Ronald Völker - Tamiya EVO3/Team Orion
12 - Craig Dresher - TC3/Reedy
13 - Marc Fisher - Tamiya TRF415/Team Orion
14 - Peter Pinisch - TC3/Reedy
15 - Steffen Leinburger - Tamiya TRF415/Team Orion
16 - Victor Wilck - ?
17 - Hupo Hönigl - Losi XXX-S G+/LRP
18 - Andy Krämer - HPI Pro4/LRP
19 - Alex Stocker - Tamiya TRF 415/Team Orion
20 - Joel Myrberg - Xray
23 - Barry Baker
24 - Satoshi Maezumi
25 - Sakke Ahonemi
26 - Chris Grainger (best Yokomo SD)
28 - Jonas Anderson
30 - Juho Levänen
33 - Masayuki Miura
complete list at the official website