August 18, 2017

Track Focus – Aigen-Schlägl

Track Name – Aigen-Schlägl
Club – Modell Auto Verein Aigen-Schlägl
Country – Austria
Location – Aigen-Schlägl (50km Northwest of Linz)
Direction – Anti-Clockwise
Surface – Asphalt (new surface 2017)
No. of ENS Races hosted – 3 (2014, ’15 & ’16)

High up in the hills in the picturesque Austrian countryside is probably the last place one would expect to find an RC track. Just 10km from the German border and 7km from the Czech Republic, MAV Aigen-Schlägl is situated just outside its name sake town and is up there as a top class circuit with facilities to match. One of the stops on the ENS’ inaugural calendar in 2014, the track has hosted a round each season since and under the guidance of club President Martin Mayrhofer has made improvements ahead of each ENS visit to make a better experience for racers during there stay. With the pit area having been expanded in previous years, this year the track has undergone work that directly effects the performance of the cars with the laying of a new asphalt surface. The first resurfacing of the track since it was built on government owned land in 2006, the new surface will bring an end to the tracks reputation as a tyre eater.

With a lap covering 290 metres made up of a 65 metre long main straight that features a 5-degree uphill incline, the track is even more popular with drivers after its resurfacing. Making a return to the track after a busy schedule forced him to miss the event last year, Bruno Coelho is still a fan of the track which on his first visit in 2015 he described as one of the best tracks he has ever been to. The 1:8 Championship leader likes the ‘technical layout’ and feels the new surface offers ‘double traction’ to what the old surface had. While the layout is unchanged, the Xray driver said with the fresh asphalt the ‘flow of the track is much better now’. Reigning 1:8 champion and winner here on the last two visits, Simon Kurzbuch said, ‘the track looks great with the surface and new curbing. The curbs are now raised so you need to stay away from them’. The Shepherd driver said after lacking traction in initial runs on Thursday morning the grip levels are ‘now getting to normal status’ adding ‘I think now this is the best track in the ENS for tyre wear’. While describing the track as ‘small for 1:8’ he continued, ‘I really like it, it not flat as its built in a hill and that makes it more special’.

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