June 18, 2019

Skjoldebrand & Landen take Swedish 1/10 Buggy titles

This year’s Swedish 1/10 Off-road Championship was held during the week of motorsport in Karlskoga, Sweden. The two hosting clubs, Bofors MRK and Orebro RBC, both put a lot of effort into making this happen with a setup of a temporary grass track and a big tent to pit in for all the participants. In 2WD Buggy it was a battle between Alexander Landen and Wilhelm Skjoldebrand, an Alexander took the TQ in the opening qualifying round, but Wilhelm secured the final three rounds.

In A1 Alexander had really good speed and went for a passing attempt up the inside in the turn going out on the straight. However there wasn’t enough room, so Alexander touched the pipe and spun, letting half of the field by. He then had to use his speed to re-gain the positions lost and by the end of the final he was within a second of Wilhelm, but not close enough to mount an attack. In A2 Wilhelm and Alexander got away again, Alexander was chasing hard until the third lap where he touched a pipe and needed marshalling, so again a fight back to 2nd spot, handing the overall win to Wilhelm. In A3 Alexander needed to go out and secure second overall and did so with a safe drive to keep Axel Birgersson at bay.

2WD Buggy top 3 results:
1. Wilhelm Skjoldebrand
2. Alexander Landen
3. Axel Birgersson

In 4WD the track was challenging and offered a lot of surprises from the bumpiness that had developed from the running of the 2WD event. The day started with Alexander Landen showing a good 3-lap pace and topping on that in the practice sessions. In the opening qualifier Alexander started of with a TQ round, but he and his dad had made some changes to the car that didn’t go the right way. Alexander went on to set TQ rounds in the second and third round as well after some wrenching, which meant that the overall TQ for the event was secured. Alexander chose to use the final round to scrub a new set of tyres, and did not complete that round.

Going into the finals the starting order was Alexander, Wilhelm Skjoldebrand and Martin Johansson Nielsen who was showing really good pace the whole day. Wilhelm was struggling a bit with the new car at the start, but found his way gradually during the day and was by the finals the other main contender for the title. The first round saw Alexander and Wilhelm move away from the rest of the field quite quickly and then the crowd was treated to a very close race where the two drivers were completely neck and neck the whole race. Alexander however didn’t put a wheel wrong the whole run and won A1. In A2 it started out in the same way until the third lap when Wilhelm made a small error and Alexander was set free and could really stretch his race legs. He produced a really flawless drive and managed to set the lap record of the day in the end of the final on a deteriorating track, so he really had found a good way to negotiate all the holes and bumps in the track. Alexander secured a grand slam of TQ, fastest lap, best junior driver (under 16), and overall champion. In the final leg Axel Birgersson made a great recovery to secure a 3rd place finished just edging out Martin Johansson Nielsen.

4WD Buggy top 3 results:
1. Alexander Landen
2. Wilhelm Skjoldebrand
3. Axel Birgersson

Source: Xray [teamxray.com]


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