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The Asian Open took place at the RC Addict raceway in Bangkok, one of the World’s best RC tracks. New Team Orion signing Jilles Groskamp went on to take a great TQ in the 10 minutes qualification, using the latest Team Orion Alpha engine and fuel in the still prototype Shepherd 1/10 on road car. The race also attracted World class drivers like Surikarn C. and Meen V. and so it was sure to be a great battle, and it was for the first 15 minutes in the one hour long final. The final started with pole man Jilles asking for a 10 minutes delay to fix a broken one way bearing and so he would have to start from dead last position. But with a sensational start, it took him 3 minutes to close in to the leading pack of Surikarn and Meen, and for 15 minutes the battle was on, with the lead changing often due to the different fuel stops strategies. After 20 minutes it was clear that it was going to be Jilles’ race and only a technical problem could stop him taking the win. With 3 minutes to go Jilles pushed once more, to set the fastest lap times of the race ending up with an advantage of 7 laps over Meen, who took the runner up spot.
Source: Team Orion [teamorion.com]
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