March 15, 2008

ETS Series – Scotty Ernst Interview

ETS Series - Scotty Ernst Interview

We are here at the 2nd round the Much More backed European Touring Seres that takes place this weekend in Vejle, Denmark and during a break in preperations we managed to sit down with one of the ETS organisers Scotty Ernst to talk about this exciting new series.

Red RC – Your probably best known as the man behind the great IIC event in Vegas but now you are promoting a new series in Europe called the European Touring Series. Can you tell us more about the ETS?
Scotty – The ETS is an exciting new series that I am working on with Uwe Rheinard who is a well known face in European racing because of his two sons Marc and Toni. The idea for the series came about last year when I was commentating at a race in Europe where myself and Uwe discussed the concept of a series of friendship races.

Red RC – You are a very handy man at the controls of an r/c car so how did you end up going from top racer to top race promoter?
Scotty – After years of announcing races at my own race track, Trackside Hobbies, I learned to really enjoy announcing races, as well as orgainising them and after attending a number of races around the US, I felt that they could be organised better and done with more detail. My first event away from my home track was the IIC in 2005 and its basically snowballed from there.

Red RC – This weekend you are in Denmark for Round 2 of the European Touring Series. Any predictions for this race?
Scotty – I’m confident everyone will walk away from this event having had a memorable experience racing with us. Rene Hovgaard and his team have done a perfect job assembling a top class venue that we are privelaged to bring the Much More backed ETS to. Regarding the serious stuff its obviously a tough one to call, I have to say Viktor Wilck is riding the highest of the drivers who are here with his win at the DHI Cup earlier this year and a strong showing at the TITC in Thailand 2 weeks ago.

Red RC – In addition to Denmark, the series will also visit the Netherlands, Austria and Germany. What made you choose these particular countries?
Scotty – The first year we wanted to run at venues which had the organisation and infrastructure to allow us to showcase what our series is about and give the ability to reach as many racers in as many different countries as possible.

Red RC – Do you have any plans to expand the series in the future and what other countries you would like to see added to the ETS schedule?
Scotty – We definitely want to move the series to eventually cover every area of Europe. The one place I really want to bring an event to is the UK, we had hoped to do it this year, but for logistical reasons we couldn’t. With Andy Moore, the current World Champion being from the UK, and the country having such a good following of touring cars, it will be great to have an event there.

Red RC – We have heard rumours that there are certain members of the industry opposed to the ETS. Surely a professionally run and well promoted series like the ETS is a good thing for our sport?
Scotty – I’ve also heard of people in the industry objecting to our series and unbelieveably working to try to cause our series to fail. This is quite dissapointing for me that people could be so short sighted when all we want our series to do is to raise the profile of our sport and thus encourage more participation. Its only a minority of people that have this view so our plans continue unaffected.

Red RC – As the International ‘Voice of RC Racing’ you travel around the world bringing your legendary commentary to races. Got any interesting plans for all those air miles you’ve clocked up?
Scotty – I use them to go on vacation with my family and also to take my eldest daughter Sarah, who also races, to events around the US.

Red RC – Finally if you had the power to change one single thing about our sport what would it be?
Scotty – That as we get older and we can still race against the young guys. But seriously I wish there was some way we could expose this awesome hobby to the masses of the World to make this hobby grow larger than any of us could fathom.


March 9, 2008

ETS Denmark – Jilles Groskamp confirmed

ETS Denmark - Jilles Groskamp confirmed

The organisers of next weekends second round of the Much More backed European Touring Series are delighted to confirm that Tamiya factory driver Jilles Groskamp will be present at the event. Taking place in Vejle, Denmark, the race will also be attended by fellow Tamiya team drivers Marc Rheinard and Viktor Wilck as well as Associated team driver Joel Myrberg and lots of other top quality racers. Entries will remain open until the first day of the race, which will be Saturday the 15th, and for those already entered or wanting to enter, there is a new reduced entry price and updated timetable. All drivers will get 5 rounds of practice on the Saturday as well as 4 rounds of qualifying, while on Sunday there will be 1 more round of qualifying and triple mains for all racers.

Do you want to race against some of the World’s top touring car racers, while being commentated on by the legendary Scotty Ernst, in a fun and friendly, yet professional racing atmosphere then be sure to get your entry in for round 2 of the ETS by going here.


March 5, 2008

ETS Rd2 Denmark – Event T-shirt

ETS Rd2 Denmark - Event T-shirt

We promised to show you the artwork for the t-shirt that will be given away to all competitors at next weeks 2nd round of the Much More backed European Touring Series that takes place in Vejle, Denmark. And here it is, fresh from promoter Scotty Ernst, who had this to say:

The T shirt design turned out better than we could have hoped for. Dusty Kemp the designer did a great job of bringing an exciting and colourful design to these event shirts and we’re sure everyone will really enjoy them. Each racer attending the event next weekend will get a free shirt included with their race entry, just another great benefit for participating in the Euro Touring Series.

Do you want to race against some of the World’s top touring car racers, while being commentated on by the legendary Scotty Ernst, in a fun and friendly, yet professional racing atmosphere then be sure to get your entry in for round 2 of the ETS by going here.


February 29, 2008

ETS Rd2 Denmark – Update

ETS Rd2 Denmark - Update

With the 2nd round of the Much More sponsored European Touring Series in just over 2 weeks (14th – 16th of March) in Vejle Denmark, the organizers have announced that due to the great durability of the Much More Sweep control tire, the Modified class racers will now only be supplied with 2 sets, not 3 as previously stated. This will of course be reflected in the entry cost, which has been reduced from EUR100 to EUR80, and will also include a great t-shirt, the design of which we will show you soon. Pro Stock class entry will stay at EUR 100 but includes 2 sets of Sweep tires, the t-shirt and the fantastic Team Checkpoint Money 19T Spec motor. Finally, to encourage new racers, Scotty Ernst has revealed that they will also run a Stock class, with racers able to use their own Stock 27 Turn Motor, a great way of letting newcomers experience a world class event. Entry fee will be EUR 30 and will include 1 set of Much More hand out tires and the event T shirt.

Do you want to race against some of the World’s top touring car racers, while being commentated on by the legendary Scotty Ernst, in a fun and friendly, yet professional racing atmosphere then be sure to get your entry in for round 2 of the ETS by going here.


February 21, 2008

ETS Denmark – Marc Rheinard confirmed

ETS Denmark - Marc Rheinard confirmed

Tamiya Factory driver, and 2004 IFMAR World Champion, Marc Rheinard from Germany is just one the big name racers to have confirmed his entry for round 2 of the Euro Touring Series that takes place on the 14th – 16th of March in Vejle, Denmark. Running in the modified class he will be joined by other mod entrants that include 2008 DHI Cup winner Viktor Wilck, HB team driver Toni Rheinard as well as super quick locals Steen Graversen for Kyosho and Jonas Kaerup racing for HB. With more big names expected to enter, we will keep you informed when we find out more.

Do you want to race against some of the World’s top touring car racers, while being commentated on by the legendary Scotty Ernst, in a fun and friendly, yet professional racing atmosphere then be sure to get your entry in for round 2 of the ETS by going here.

Find out more about the ETS Series by going to the official site.


February 20, 2008

ETS Denmark – Stock Handout motor

ETS Denmark - Stock Handout motor

The organisers of the upcoming round of the Much More backed ETS (Euro Touring Series) in Vejle Denmark, which will be run from the 14th – 16th of March, have confirmed that the handout stock motor for the event will be the Team Checkpoint Money 19T Spec Motor. This is a great spec motors and thanks to series sponsors Team Checkpoint you will get this as part of your entry to the Danish event. The series organisers have also confirmed that this same motor will be used at the Dutch round of the ETS in Heemstede, which takes place on the 11th – 13th of April.

Entry for ETS round 2 in Denmark is now open and you can sign up by going here.