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LRP electronic GmbH / Official Statement

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Concerning the rumours and false information floating around, Jürgen E. Lautenbach would like to clarify as follows:

  • LRP electronic GmbH filed for insolvency at the Local Court of Stuttgart, Germany. By decision of the Local Court of May 18th, 2017, lawyer Dr. Philipp Grub, Reinsburgstraße 27, 70178 Stuttgart, Germany, was appointed Preliminary Insolvency Administrator.
  • During the institution of the preliminary insolvency proceedings it is intended to continue the business activities of the LRP electronic GmbH in order to examine the possibilities of restructuring. Furthermore, an M&A process was initiated to find an investor for the company.

World Champions to showdown at Philippine Masters

After disappointing results at the recent prestigious Neo Race in the main nitro class, incumbent World Champion David Ronnefalk and his former team mate and predecessor Ty Tessmann both travel to Asia to attend Scotty Ernst’s popular annual Philippine Masters event.

Adding further spice to the weekend’s race is the chance of revenge for both

With an invitee driver line up that also includes the likes of Adam Drake, Kyle McBride, Atsushi Hara and Aaron Stringer much of the focus will be on Ty & David who enjoy a healthy rivalry between them as lead drivers at the pinnacle of the sport for their respective teams. 

Adding further spice to the weekend’s race is the chance of revenge for both, after poor showings at Neo in the nitro final, David losing his E-Buggy title to Ty and Ty’s heavily-scrutinised choice of tyre selection in the final & subsequent public online bruising. 

With lots of practice expected and the likes of Kyle McBride under pressure to remind Associated team bosses in California of his abilities and Atsushi Hara making a cameo appearance its set to be an interesting weekend in Quezon City, Philippines.

JQ on THE Dirt’s track

Finland’s most famous export (after Kimi) has been busy on the keyboard during and after last weekend’s Dirt Nitro Challenge, most recently sharing his thoughts on a track some top pros called the hardest they’ve raced on.

There was a lot of crying and complaining about the track at DNC. A lot of tears were shed, a lot of feelings were hurt, a tremendous amount of arms were smashed, believe me.

I have given the organisers a hard time for the fact that they forgot to organise. I still haven’t seen results from the race. I probably never will. But The Dirt crew have one thing going for them. The track.

I feel like there were a few years where Joey got a bit lazy with the track. You arrived and thought, “that’s it, really?”. However, the last couple of years, the tracks have been really good, and specially this one. 

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Exclusive Interview with Ty Tessmann

“If you ain’t first, you’re last!”

Ty Tessmann’s winter-switch from HB Racing to XRAY was probably the biggest news over the off-season, at times even unseating Donald Trump from the headlines. We sit down with the Canadian star to talk about his biggest career change to date.


Let’s start with the elephant in the room Ty, you have left a winning team, having personally finished on the podium at each of the last 3 Worlds with HB, talk us through the hottest news story this winter!

We have been with HB for 12 years and developed a lot of platforms with them in that time, we have had many successes with them.  I won’t say that we felt that we were getting into a rut, but we just felt that we needed a change and new challenges, we wish the best for everyone at HB Racing. We are excited for what the future holds and we are committed to taking Xray to the top.  

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Riccardo Berton leaves Team Orion

In a surprise ‘late’ move after the typical ‘silly season’ has come to an end, or rather early pre-season move, Italian frontrunner Riccardo Berton announced his departure from Swiss engine sponsor Team Orion.

“Today It’s time to start a new adventure! I have to say an HUGE thanks to Adrien Bertin and to all Team Orion for the support in the last 3 years!!
See you on the track!”

The announcement and timing comes as a slight surprise given Adrien Bertin’s successful track record of guiding and nurturing talent to win Championships, a commonly heard phrase in the pits hailing Berton ‘as the next Ronnefalk’ – 3 years junior to the new World Champion, and with a similar career progression and expected trajectory. 

However 2017 will offer up fresh challenges, LRP have been linked with the Italian driver, although given their close relationship to fellow Italian Davide Ongaro one wonders if another home would seem likelier. 

Dakotah Phend confirms Team Orion (nitro) departure

Confirming our previous post, Dakotah Phend announced today he had parted ways with long term nitro engine sponsor Team Orion,

After many years and lots of success with team Orion, I have decides to part ways with them on the Nitro side of my program.I have had lots of success and learned a ton from Adrien Crf Bertin.

I want to wish him and Orions nitro program nothing but the best as they are truly great people and put in tons of work! Excited to announce my future nitro program for this year!”

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‘Verry’ appointed technical manager for HB Racing Italy

After more than 16 years of working with Mugen Seiki, pitlane persona Riccardo Verardo, better known as “Il Verry” has just been appointed technical manager of HB Racing for Italy.

His new role will be to help all the HB Racing drivers with his great experience and to support them on the tracks, during the Italian Championship and other major races. He will also be present at the international races with Adrien Bertin, the global team manager of HB Racing, to support and help the international team, a huge plus for the HB Racing’s ambitions.

This news coincides with the departure of Marco Natale from Kyosho, perhaps to join HB Racing ?… who knows.

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Jared Tebo & Dakotah Phend leave Pro-Line

Two moves that got a little lost in the figurative tsunami of moves over the winter period, Pro-Line’s team manager Daniel Adams announced on social media, “Lastly to Dakotah Phend, Jared Tebo and the other team drivers departing for next season we wish you the best.”

We believe AKA is the likely destination for both drivers, although some suggest JConcepts might be in the mix with Tebo; Tebo spending only a single season with Pro-Line before moving on elsewhere whilst Dakotah Phend’s had a 5-year tenure with Pro-Line, going onto post a few words of thanks.

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