Name – Asoger RC Country – Spain Location – Getafe, Madrid Host – Asociación de Getafe de radiocontrol Surface – Asphalt Direction – Anti-clockwise No. of ETS Races hosted – 0
The Euro Touring Series kicks off its outdoor season with an all new addition to the calendar that takes the championship to mainland Spain for the first time. Situated in the city of Getafe, which is located south of the Madrid metropolitan area, the arrival of the the 250 plus ETS competitors marks the Asoger RC track’s first international event. Built in 2005, the 318 metre long track, came about after the Asociación de Getafe de radiocontrol made contact with the local Mayor leading to them being entered into a competition between local sporting organisations for funding. They won, taking them from racing in a local parking lot to having a very impressive track on what was formerly a soccer grounds. With the government funding paying for the laying of the track and the building of a perimeter wall, the club self funded the building of the rest of the required infrastructure. A club of 140 members, they continue to invest in developing the facility with new offices having been built this year under the drivers stand. For the future they also plan to build a permanent bar on the site. With the arrival of the ETS, the international status of the event has helped them attract additional funding from the Mayor. As a club, they membership covers all classes including nitro but it is touring cars which is the most popular class and when the track is open on weekends it attracts an average of 25 drivers. Over the year between national, regional and club races they organise around 20 events.
As a layout, World Champion Ronald Volker calls it a ‘wonderful layout’. The German added, ‘it is something different again to other tracks I have been to. For Modified it definitely is a lot of fun but for Pro Stock it might be a bit too big’. Asked what the key challenges of the track are, the Yokomo driver, who took part in the Warm-up event here last month, said the shadows from the evening sun could affect some of the qualifiers. He said the trees that run the length of the straight make it hard to see in the curbing at the end of the straight as the sun starts to set in the evening. In terms of the layout, he added the end of the front straight is difficult concluding ‘the left right left is key to a good lap’.