EFRA 1/8th Nitro Off Road European Championship Finals Report

Erstmal die englische Version : Finals day at the MS Eskil Club circuit in Eskilstuna did not disappoint as we were treated to a day of great racing.

The Semi finals built the intrigue as all the major players showed well, but a cleaner run allowed Spain’s Robert Battle to claim the pole. David Ronnefalk won the other semi to line up in second with Elliott Boots 3rd.

New for this season was the “Last Chance!!!” race which saw the 12 Semi-finalists who had not qualified into the final take part in a 15 minute winner-takes-all contest for the final place on the main final grid – after a tense and exceptionally entertaining race it was 3 time former champion Renaud Savoya who won and too that final spot.

Into the Main final and it was Ronnefalk who took an early lead capitalising on a bobble by poleman Battle however a couple of mistakes by the Swede dropped him back leaving Davide Ongaro to swop the lead with Battle before Elliott Boots mounted a concerted charge on the Spaniard. Boot’s challenge was stymied by flame outs during 2 of his first 3 pit stops and as he, Ronnefalk and Ongaro got involved in a race long battle for the podium it allowed Robert to slowly pull away and eventually establish a lead of almost 25 seconds. Ongaro eventually claimed 2nd by stint of making the fewest mistakes leaving a frustrated Ronnefalk in third. But the title belonged to Robert and he claimed his 3rdEuropean title to add to those he won in 2007 and 2011.

The full final results are

Rank Pilot Laps Endtime Country
1 Robert Batlle 66 45:40.963 ESP
2 Davide Ongaro 65 45:07.179 ITA
3 David Ronnefalk 65 45:10.419 SWE
4 Elliott Boots 65 45:14.789 GBR
5 Riccardo Berton 65 45:21.820 ITA
6 Juan Carlos Canas 65 45:23.136 ESP
7 Darren Bloomfield 65 45:33.127 GBR
8 Martin Wollanka 65 45:40.598 AUT
9 Yannick Aigoin 64 45:17.026 FRA
10 João Figueiredo 64 45:31.575 PRT
11 Joseph Quagraine 62 45:01.754 FIN
12 Rayan Medjoubi 62 45:09.097 FRA
13 Renaud Savoya 62 45:29.319 FRA

Thanks to Phil at Neobuggy.net for the photo

Quelle: MYRCM und EFRA

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