I doubt that tires is the reason more racers have not joined the Euros this year.
It is one negative factor but not the most important. There are many other reasons behind the current situation of low entries at EFRA and some IFMAR events.
The most important is location. When one compares the ETS series to the EFRA Euros is not a fair comparison. ETS series is run at racetracks around central Europe. All of these tracks are mostly accessible by car and if not, you could still make it through a direct flight. Also in Central Europe EP TC is very big so it still easy to have a large number of entries.
To go to Portugal in most cases you are required to choose a route with connection flights and the cost and time of travel are twice as high as direct flights.
Now some numbers in order to get the facts straight and not speculate
ETS Mod entries 2013
100: Rd1 – Germany Muelheim
110: Rd2 – Czech Republic Hrotovice
60: Rd3 – Spain / Gran Canaria
93: Rd4 – Netherlands / Appeldorn
65: Rd5 – Austria / Traiskirchen
86: Rd6 – Slovakia Hudy Arena
So it is fair to compare the two races in the remote locations of Portugal (EFRA Euros) and Gran Canaria (ETS Rd3). In this case the EFRA Euros beat the ETS in number of entries even if it is by just 2 drivers.
In any case the numbers of 150-200 drivers for ETS races are far from reality. Also you cannot combine the entries of 3 different classes to make a comparison. It is also common that a racer participates in both mod and stock or F1, but since we are talking about open mod it is better to compare entries for the same type of class.
Finally for the past 10 years there were never 150 drivers at any EFRA or IFMAR event for this class.
Regarding Redrc not covering the race, my guess is that they don’t have any interest in covering a race that competes with their own series unless they were going to be paid well and that isn’t going to happen as EFRA have their own media partner, rcracingtv.net who so far have done an excellent job with the previous EFRA events covered in 2013 and are getting better.
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