Ronald VÃ¶lker Wins Japanese TC Nationals
The 2009 edition of the JMRCA Japanese touring car national race took place at the Kawaba RC Plaza in the centre of Japan.
The JMRCA Japanese TC nationals are famous for being one of the most competitive and toughest touring car races of the year worldwide. With brushless technology now finding its way into the high-technology RC market of Japan, the competition both on drivers and their equipment is higher than ever before. This year LRP driver and Vice-World Champion Ronald VÃ¶lker travelled to Japan over to compete and compare himself against the currently best Japanese drivers on their own territory.
In qualifying it was 2008 A-main finalist Hiroo Sannai who got the pole position ahead of VÃ¶lker in second with former off-road World Champion Hayato Matsuzaki in third position.
As the three A-main finals got underway, it was Ronald VÃ¶lker who was able to get a clean start and nicely overtake pole sitter Hiroo Sannai in both the first and second finals to take two straight wins and secure the title with one main left to race. In second position it was TQ man Hiroo Sannai and third place went to Hayato Matsuzaki. With this win, Ronald VÃ¶lker, in his first JMRCA attempt, becomes the second non-Japanese driver to win the JMRCA TC nationals after Marc Rheinard´s victory in 2007.