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Sponsored Drivers during ETS Season #16 2023/24

Today we like to share a very important information with you. After many drivers have asked us about “Sponsored Drivers” racing at the ETS in different classes, we have talked and discussed intensiveley about this in our ETS orga team and found a conclusion for the new season. Here is the statemend from Scotty Ernst and the team about it:

Hello to our ETS family of racers!
As the cold of winter leaves us it ushers in the warmth and sunshine of summer which we are all egearly waiting for. The sunshine and warmth also means the begining of the outdoor racing season of the ETS. We are excited to be kicking off the outdoor season at the beautiful Apeldoorn track in the Netherlands.

As we prepare for the outdoor season, we want to let you know of a rule change we have made to remove the confusion many have regarding sponsored drivers. 

The world of RC has changed drastically over the past 10 years when it comes to sponsorship.
Now days, sponsorship discounts are the normal way for our industry. So many racers including new beginner racers get deals from their local shops, online shops, small manufactures all the way to major manufactures.

The argument has been ongoing to determine exactly what a “sponsored driver” truly is and there is no way for us to classify what it is.

If we look back over the past few years, we have had racers who have had discounts and sponsorship participating in all categories of the ETS.

So going forward, we have removed this terminology from the rule set. We feel that racers who are of the higher ability will not run the slower classes and will run in the appropriate classes.  We built the ETS to focus on the fun we all can have in the hobby and hope that the founding spirit of the ETS is what guides everyone in the future.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in the Netherlands for what will be a great season of the ETS.
Thank you!

Scotty Ernst