Door W. los In Tamiya Cup 2018 - BE-NL Finale bij MAC De Baanbrekers 105 downloads
Most racers opted for the TA07, which proved to be a great budget racing car. The Dutch racers really dominated this class, as there was only 1 Belgian racer who managed to qualify in the top 5. Long time Tamiya racer Erik-Jan Mol took the TQ. The biggest surprise was however the performance of Maarten Wouters. This 11 year old Dutch racer recently took the German national Tamiya stock title in Sonnenberg by crushing the German competition. Maarten used a loan car for this race and was only 2 seconds behind Erik-Jan. Mario Taekema qualified in P4, just .5 of a second in front of Eric Mulder with Sven Cassiers rounding off the top 5.
At the start of A1, Erik-Jan took the holeshot and never looked back. Maarten got the worst of the first corner pile-up and dropped way back to the rear of the race. He managed to get back in P4, just behind Mario and Eric who continued their hard fight and finished in P2 and P3 respectively. Erik-Jan again took a great start, but had to retire from the race on lap 3. This promoted Eric Mulder to the lead, which he never gave up. He finished in front of Maarten, Mario Taekema, 11 year old Belgian driver Alix Cornard and Sjaak van der Wind, who all finished in the same second.
Due to the late start, Mario Taekema decided to go home early and didn’t start A3. Erik-Jan again had a great start. Eric Mulder was however shadowing him and challenged hard for the lead. When both cars touched, Maarten cleverly found his way through and kept the lead till the end. Belgian driver Sven Cassiers inherited P2, and despite a hard challenge from Eric, he kept his cool and P2. The overall result was Maarten Wouters, Eric Mulder, Erik-Jan Mol, Mario Taekema and Sven Cassiers. Maarten drove a great race and took home a very deserved win. It was great to see this young racer keep his cool in a field of much more experienced drivers.