Dialed In Raceway played host to the final round of the Top Notch Tour this past weekend. The event had 100 entries and Adam Drake was the top qualifier in Nitro Buggy and Nitro Truck. Unfortunately the main events got rained out and the finishing order was awarded based on qualifying. With the result Drake also got overall champion in Nitro Buggy and Nitro Truck.
The fifth and final round of the Essex Winter Series took place this weekend. With a new scoring system in place this year, the results of this event would be crucial to decide the champions. The Modified Touring title fight was a straight battle between Elliott Harper, winner of the first three events, and Olly Jefferies, who took the win at round 4. Olly got proceedings and his Hobbywing debut off to the best start, topping the opening qualifier with his Xray, ahead of Elliott and the Team Associated trio of Matthew White, Chris Grainger and Alan Bickerstaff. Q2 moved Elliott to the top with his LRP-powered Schumacher setting the fastest time, Olly second and Alan third. Elliott topped the third round, ahead of Olly, Chris, Matthew and Yokomo youngster Harley Eldridge. The final qualifier saw a titanic battle to decide pole position, with the two contenders never separated by more than a few tenths of a second. Elliott snatched the win, and with it the pole position, by just one tenth of a second in front of Olly. This moved Elliott one step closer to the title, giving him a five-point lead ahead of the single leg A-final.
The fourth round of the South Swedish Indoor Cup was hosted by Waxjo MS and held in the small town of Alvesta. Even though the track is quite small, it offered a very nice flow with a lot of speed and traction. In the Touring Modified class local talent Markus Hellquist (Xray) would top the qualifiers ahead of his club mate Erik Ström (Xray) and third placed Daniel Carlsson (Team Associoated), less than a second behind. In the Formula class Fredrik von Elling (Xray) took an uncontested TQ ahead of Raymond Oskarsson (Xray). Günter von Elling (Xray) secured the 3 spot on the grid a couple of second behind.
Round five of the Lestr Cup was held this past weekend. In the 2WD class, Xray’s Kaja Novotny started with a TQ in round one but contacts with slower drivers in Q2 and a DNF in Q3 only meant a P2 spot on the grid behind young Milan Mudra (Xray) and in front of Jiri Mara (Serpent). In the 4WD class things looked a bit different and Kaja made a clean sweep to grab the pole position from Milan Mudra and Zdenek Miksovsky (all Xray).
Round four of the Finnish Winter Jumps Series was held at the new Äänekoski track in central Finland. The race day started with a domination of local Schumacher driver, Touko Silpola. He was the fastest driver in the practice rounds and in two of the four qualifying rounds as well. As Karri Salmela (Team Associated) got used to the track he got closer and closer to Touko and finally he was the fastest guy on the track. The battle behind Karri for the 2nd place was a really tight one. Touko Silpola, Jarno Siltanen and Juho Rajaniemi all had a shot on the podium and at the end Juho and Jarno would make up the podium behind Karri.
The inaugural GT12 World Championship was held this past weekend in front of a large public audience in Milton Keynes’ main shopping centre, The Centre:MK. The Reedy Race style event saw the drivers compete in 10 races with 8 to count towards the overall championship. The battle raged at the top between David Spashett, Ollie Payne and Michal Orlowski. All three drivers would have a perfect score of 8 wins each so the deciding factor would be the fastest race time over the weekend. Spashett was looking in pole position to take it with a blindingly quick time in the last race of Saturday in perfect track conditions and starting towards the front of the grid. The deciding race for Michal was his last one, starting from 8th on the grid, nobody really thought it was possible to beat Spashett’s time.
The penultimate round of the 2016/17 Mibosport Cup was held at the Hotel-Sport in Hrotovice with 160 drivers entering the six electric on-road and off-road classes. In the Touring Modified class qualifying it was Dominic Vogl who was closely followed by Magnus Vässmar and Matej Dobnikar. In the triple A-mains Dominic didn’t give Magnus any chance for overtaking and so he won all three A-main legs right ahead of Vässmar. In the opening two finals, the third place finishes went to Matej Dobnikar while Oliver Havránek finished third in the final A-main. So overall Dominic Vogl took the win with Magnus Vässmar and Matej Dobnikar completing the podium.
The annual Montpellier GP was held this past weekend in Montpellier, France and it saw Kyosho’s Elliott Boots walking away with the overall TQ after the five rounds of qualifying. In cold and wet weather conditions Team Associated’s Davide Ongaro would take the opening two qualifiers with Boots striking back in Q3 and Q4. Elliott than sat out Q5 and as Davide only scored a 7th place, both ended tie on points with the faster run handed Elliott the overall TQ from Davide. The pole position for the main final was then snatched by HB Racing’s David Ronnefalk who won the semifinal B with a faster time than Elliott did in the semi A. The first half of the hour-long main saw David in control of things until he made a series of errors that allowed Robert Batlle and Davide Ongaro to take control of things. Davide would suffer fading traction in the closing stages which gave Robert much needed room to bring home the win one lap in front of Davide who had David in tow with both separated by only 2.3s on the line. Elliott Boots would have to settle for fourth in the dry final while Jerome Aigoin (Xray) completed the top 5 result.