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2011 Tamiya Euro Finals

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Welcome to the :

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"live" photo blog

During the the next 4 days I will upload throughout the day and add a little commentary.

This is how it starts, lots of anxious drivers and helpers lining up to get credentials and drivers dinner party voucher :D

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Then getting in and finding this, and settling in. Practice started at 2:30pm, regulated per heat. All very orderly.

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More to come.

PS. there is a table for Team GB but no one is here yet. 2 hard core UK racers are apparently on the way.

Woohooo - it's begun!! :D:(

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The Swiss are very serious>

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:(

But these guys are happy, they obviously have passes :blush:

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NASA food or plastic food? Food from a tube is a racers diet!

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Very funky

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CONTROL!

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Quite a few opting for the M06. There is even a Fiat Abarth running that. Appreciate the history but I thought the spirit was to run right drive for right body?

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Old skool Tekin :batman:

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On to practice 2 now, times are dropping as the rubber is laid down. The track looks quite 'fresh' slippy from up her in the VIP press box (LOL, that would be lonely table high up in the stands) but the F1 guys say that its actually not bad for a new carpet. But after the first practice the car is already getting the black racing line. Tire additives are being used.

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So the day is just ending. Started at 10am, hall is closing in 20mins at 9pm.

BIG news of the meeting (well for me anyway, lol) is that there are a HUSBAND & WIFE both racing! Well done Team Austria! Thats unique as far as I have experienced at races.

Bit on the how things timings are given, names and first practice times. You can see they are first practice as there times are very spaced out, and laptimes were very inconsistent. By the third practice (after I took these photos) times were down and more consistent. The GT guys (touring) were down to 13s.

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GB drivers!

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wide variety of mini shells being used

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have to go!

more tomorrow :(

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GOOD MORNING from Basel!

To softly piped sounds of Meatloaf "I'd do anything for love" (thanks, love having reminders of girlfriends from 18 years ago,lol) racing cars are waking up and the harder core racers are settling in. 7:30am already at their pits working!!! :o:)

so while I wake up here are a few shots for you...

sleeping cars...

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German cars are HARD, they sleep without covers/sheets :)

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Minis apparently sleep separate from their bodys

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The Swiss organisers are busy early too, I thought this was tape rolls to pick up parts but it's metal rollers to remove kinks.

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Whats left of forumula tires after only one day practicing!

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whats the pile going to look like after 4 days?? :D

Team GB arriving with the other hard core 7:30am crews

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and proving it's never too late to paint! Good luck with the build guys!

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final thought before I seek out cereal and a clear head:

it's 8am now and I'm disappointed - The Russian Team are not here yet! Russians are supposed to be hard core!! Still if the reason is vodka and expensive Basel night clubs then I guess I can still say hard core :D

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Practice is OVER! Practice results determined qualifying, and qualifying heats and positions are now set. There will be 6 quali's and your best 2 are taken to determine your racing position. So I am told :nod:

So this is how your countries drivers are doing:

NOTE - the B Quali is group is the first/lower number (Eg group 4 for M-chassis)

and the next number is A Quali for that class (Eg. 5 for M-chassis

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F1:

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photos next!

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Pits and tool boxes!

I don't know about you but I often spend ages looking at other peoples pit photos, what are the using, what haven't I seen before, how do they pack and store, who displays a sense of fun.... etc :):batman::D

So a selection from the pits and a view of what chargers are popular!

Whats the most interesting thing you see??

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Team GB is using these:

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lovely small size on the table :)

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Techy!

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Fantastic thread , Great job & for keeping us up to date .

Great shots of the pit setups , some excellent setups .

Keep up the good job & THANKS :)

PS: How much fun you must be having ?.

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Welcome back! It's Saturday morning and, for the first time since arriving, raining outside. So Tamiya Switzerland are very happy they decided to make this an indoor Championship :nod:

Everyone was here by 8.15 after the drivers briefing it's immediately down to business, Q3 has now started.

I was hoping to meet the girl with the smooth voice today who makes the race position and start countdown announcements, but she turns out to be a computer ! :lol:

The Russians are friendly. I should stop reading so many spy novels! :o

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Team GB! still using sticks! :P

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What's he photographing?

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THE STIG!!! OMG! Team GB are going to win everything now! :(

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I will upload racer photos and other things today. Am looking for on track photos from others with decent cameras, my borrowed camera is not taking good on track shots.

I wish I was racing, its a nice big track. I shouldn't have raced open category this year vs HPIs! The open class was running mod rules so was not included as a Euro Cup quali.

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Some more. See anyone you know? :lol:

See the F1 and GT times vs M-chassis

GT

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F1

12 second laps!! :spidey::spidey::batman:

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Gentlemen

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M-chassis

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Stock

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This is an great thread, it's great to see how much preparation & effort is put into these events.

Some truly awesome cars & pit setups, I'm so jealous, I wish I was there :lol:

Great pics too, keep up the good work, some racing pics would be nice :(

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...The Russians are friendly. I should stop reading so many spy novels :o

of course they are... salesmen, spies, conmen... always friendliest WHEN THEY WANT SOMETHING FROM YOU :lol:

not a grumpy old sod like me :(

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of course they are... salesmen, spies, conmen... always friendliest WHEN THEY WANT SOMETHING FROM YOU :lol:

not a grumpy old sod like me :(

loooool, they want to be famous on TC and rctech :o

missing a few updates on here that are on rctech, laptop problems.

but now:

Finally racing photos!

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Team GB, really smooth and up there in the top 5. Lovely tail sliding on the fast in, fast out corners :cool:

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The RX7s look REALLY good!

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Quali is almost over now. I will post up the results.

It's cool having an audience here, there are plenty of collective gasps when cars tangle and big OOOHHHHs! when they occasionally fly right out of the track and BANG! into the stadium grandstand wall. :lol:

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:( FANTASTIC !! action shots , Some great paint jobs . Thanks for the update .

May you have more fun . This almost feels like we are there . :lol:

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It's SUNDAY MORNING! RACE DAY!!! :nod::nod::batman:

The drivers party was last night, and Team GB and Team HU, stayed until lights out at a very late ...9:45pm :(:lol: Not quite a wild offroad type party :lol:, but enjoyable and the prizes for best body shell were awarded (more info later).

Some random shots to start the FINAL DAY of TAMIYA EURO FINALS 2011!

Lady driver!

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Onsite shop

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Basel!

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Pilota Italia!!!

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Hungarian Pilot!

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F1 Tire set up style

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Well that was not too useful. There is a fault with timing since the last qual last night and the live timing has been turned off as they dont understand the problem and don't want to risk affecting the back up system today.

I will post up positions on the thread in rctech, have a look there if you are interested in the times.

More photos and news snippets to come.

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Well that was not too useful. There is a fault with timing since the last qual last night and the live timing has been turned off as they dont understand the problem and don't want to risk affecting the back up system today.

I will post up positions on the thread in rctech, have a look there if you are interested in the times.

More photos and news snippets to come.

Its odd because I can see many things that are not legal here in Japan for TCS.Lipos are the main thing,but some of the "M" chassis bodies are not, along with the Mix of F104W and F104. F104W chassis are not allowed for TCS at all.

But its a very good report,thanks for posting it

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