From 9-12 May the first ever Xray Challenge Germany race in Kirchhain, organized by German Xray importer SMI, gave drivers the chance to race in a friendly environment while pitting themselves against top international racers and profiting from their know-how. A total of more than 130 drivers took part in the event open to the 1/8- and 1/10-scale nitro categories, 1/10-scale electric touring cars, and 1/8-scale offroad. The weather stayed perfect for the practice sessions scheduled on Thursday and Friday until 5pm, giving all drivers ample opportunity to get out on the track. The first set of heats took place on Friday afternoon, with another three sets planned for the following day. Worsening weather conditions on Saturday, however, meant that for virtually all of the groups the fourth set fell victim to the rain.
With the finals on Sunday to be driven according to the Heart of America system, uncommon on the nitro circuit, there were some fierce battles for the best positions during the qualifiers as this was the last opportunity to bump up. The leader boards after the heats were as follows:
1/10 electric touring car
1. Wahl, Tim – 22 5:00.772
2. Fischer, Marc – 22 5:02.846
3. Hagberg, Alexander – 22 5:04.381
4. Nilson, Niclas – 22 5:09.950
5. Bucher, Fabian – 22 5:11.694
6. Kaufmann, Marco – 22 5:12.941
7. Vogel, Tobias – 21 5:00.312
8. Rausch, Bernd – 21 5:00.538
9. Hettrich, Valentin – 21 5:02.932
10.Bratzler, Daniel – 21 5:04.979
1. Eser, Simon – 12 5:09.786
2. Queisser, Benjamin – 12 5:14.222
3. Buske, Roman – 12 5:22.072
4. Kreutz, Daniel – 12 5:22.640
5. Wiesner, Tom – 12 5:26.071
6. Allendörfner, Jan – 11 5:00.940
7. Wende, Marcus – 11 5:01.305
8. Bohlender, Jörg – 11 5:01.515
9. Prause, Michael – 11 5:03.838
10.Bauer, Jonas – 11 5:07.390
With two sets of finals scheduled for each of the various categories on the fourth and last day of the Xray Challenge Germany race in Kirchhain, the day was dedicated to deciding who would return home victorious. Unfortunately, the drivers and mechanics woke up to a wet track on Sunday morning after some heavy rainfall overnight, and a look at the weather forecast offered little hope of any improvement throughout the rest of the day. Only one or two drivers took part in the individual finals, which meant in many cases that the final results were based on the standings after the heats.
For the first 1/8-scale nitro A final, however, the track had mostly dried up and four drivers were eager to take to the asphalt. A tense final by the 1/8-scale nitro racers finished with Thilo-Alexander Tödtmann in first place just ahead of Lars Hoppe, Jürgen Hennemuth and Tobias Hepp. As the second set of finals scheduled for after lunch was cancelled due to more rain, SMI boss Bertram Kessler presented the prizes to the winners and brought the first ever Xray Challenge race on German soil to an official close.
Despite being cut short by the wet weather, the organisers and drivers were happy with the Xray Challenge as a whole and are already looking forward to next year’s event. Special thanks go to club MSC-Kirchhain and Jürgen Schuch for their fantastic organizational efforts and allowing the drivers to race on their two carefully prepared race tracks.