March 31, 2017

Xray Racing Series Alpe Adria Rd1 – Report

Round one of the Xray Racing Series Alpe Adria was held at the Slovenian Mini Circuit Na Logo in Tolmin with drivers from five different countries in attendance. The weekend started off with practice on Saturday that held pretty high temperatures for this time of the year but cooler and even rainy weather was predicted for Sunday. As for the racing action, in 1/10th Electric Touring it was Andrea Ghilotti who took the TQ while in 1/8th Electric GT it was Grega Hrovat on pole. In the three nitro classes the TQ positions went to Gabor Laszlo in 1/10th Touring, Fabio Callegari in 1/8th GT and Nejc MIhelič in 1/8th on-road. Due to the predicted rain kicking in the organisers opted to sit out the rain shower and to shorten the mains.

In 1/10th Touring Stock 13.5 it was the pole sitter Andrea Ghilotti who won in front of Rok Rudl and Jan Pernarčič. All three drivers had pretty straight forward races with no big battles.

Touring Stock 13.5T final results:
1. Andrea Ghilotti – Xray
2. Rok Rudl – Xray
3. Jan Pernarčič – Xray
4. Željko Selman – Xray
5. Gabriel Benvenuti – Xray
6. Luka Školaris – Xray
7. Arno Webernig – Xray
8. Thomas Thaler – Xray

In 1/10th Nitro Touring and right from the start Gabor Laszlo, Paolo Mariuzza and Fabio Callegari fought for the lead. Later Fabio had a crash followed by some technical issues which put him into 3rd place overall. At the end Paolo managed to take win in front of Gabor.

Nitro Touring final results:
1. Paolo Mariuzza
2. Gabor Laszlo
3. Fabio Callegari
4. Sašo Kramljak
5. Bjan Mikožič
6. Lovro Šušteršič

1/8th Electric GT was won by Grega Hrovat from Nejc Oražem and Rok Pongrac.

1/8 Electric GT results:
1. Grega Hrovat
2. Nejc Oražem
3. Rok Pongrac
4. Matevž Homar
5. Janez Jerovšek
6. Anže Leban
7. Gašper Ravbar
8. Sašo Kramljak
9. Matevž Furlan

The 1/8 GT nitro class was almost cancelled, as some Croatian drivers went ill and only three drivers remained. In order to get this race done it was decided to let them race with the 1/8 Electric GT cars and in the end the class was won by Fabio Callegari.

1/8 Nitro GT results:
1. Fabio Callegari
2. Robert Jezerčič
3. Aleksandar Žaja

The 1/8th on-road category was meant to be an interesting one to watch, since the pole position went to fast Nejc Mihelič from Alojzij Osvald and Jernej Vuga, the latter having mileage problems during all qualification runs and a small engine problem was discovered only after the final. In the final Nejc started well as did Alojzij and Jernej. Before the end of first lap Jernej passed Alojzij and went catching Nejc since his pace was a little faster. Later Nejc made a contact with a backmarker while Jernej was a few seconds behind him. This allowed Jernej to pass him and to built a small gap but then Nejc hit some technical problems and had to pit. This allowed Jernej to cruise to victory while posting also the fastest lap of the final.

1/8th on-road final results:
1. Jernej Vuga Štendler
2. Bušac Luka
3. Valentin Mis
4. Goran Vignjevič
5. Denis Fink
6. Roland Riegler
7. Nejc Mihelič
8. Zvonimir Matošič
9. Alojzij Osvald
10. Mihael Galekovič
11. Gerald Stuckler
12. Marko Pristov

Source: Xray []


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