2016 Montpellier GP: Day 2 Qualifying

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Riccardo Berton TQ’s Montpellier GP

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The first two rounds of qualifying will be in a fairly tense atmosphere because of the weather expected to Montpellier. The MBM club decided to start one hour earlier this morning to try to compensate the rain expected during the day. The weather, fortunately will not be not bad and only a few drops would clean the track. In Q1 Elliott Boots takes the TQ quite clearly, more than a second ahead of Yannick Aigoin and Darren Bloomfield.

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In Q2 Aigoin Jerome would be the fastest driver and the only one to go sub the 5 minutes 20 seconds. Everything will therefore play in the third and final round and many drivers had a chance to TQ. Riccardo Berton who had previously made steady lap times set the track on fire in the final round storming to overall TQ. He takes the overall TQ front of Davide Ongaro who found his speed and Jerome Aigoin.

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2016 Montpellier GP – Standing after Q2

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Here are the standings after the second round of qualifying.

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2016 Montpellier GP – Standing after Q1

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Here is the standing after the first round of qualifying. Elliott Boots take the TQ of this round.

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Under the Hood: Darren Bloomfield

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Darren Bloomfield (UK)

Chassis: Agama A215
Engine: Bullitt B-220
Fuel: Piranha
Tyres: Beta SS Cubez
Radio & Servos: Ko Propo
Body & Wing: Stock & Beta lexan wing
Event: 2016 Montpellier GP, France
Note: #forJonny

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Under the Hood: Elliott Boots

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Elliott Boots (UK)

Chassis: Kyosho MP9 TKI3
Engine: REDS R7 Evoke ECI5
Fuel: Byron Gen2 Worlds Blend
Tyres: Pro-Line Fugitive
Radio & Servos: Sanwa
Body & Wing: Kyosho
Event: 2016 Montpellier GP, France

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Montpellier Day 1: Batlle & Savoya set practice pace

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The 2016 running of the famous Montpellier GP kicked off with beautiful winter sunshine. The south of France is of course known for its mild winter climate (and perhaps better known for yachts, playboys, fast cars and faster women 😉 ) and this day will be the perfect example of a bit of that stunning Arizona-esque sunshine that sets Montpellier apart.

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As usual the club and its president, Franck Caizergues & his team did a fantastic job and prepared a nice track. The track layout has been modified, but not excessively enough to give the illusion that the drivers know the track well which is not really the case.

Many drivers are present for this typical outdoor ‘season-opener’ and amongst them a good bet for the European elite this year – Elliott Boots, the winner of last year, Robert Batlle still fast in Montpellier, Darren Bloomfield, & “Italian gang” with young and supremely faste drivers like Riccardo Berton, Alex Zanchettin, Marco Baruffolo & Davide Ongaro etc … and the french pilots with one that attracts a little more attention as it’s his debut since signing with TLR; Reno Savoya.
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With Friday practice 2 drivers fairly clearly distinguished from the others: Robert Batlle and Reno Savoya. But it must still provide some clarification and explanations. Batlle was always fast in Montpellier and although his speed is exceptional enough is not a real surprise.

The performance of Savoya is more interesting since much of his equipment is new to him – a new car and Spektrum radio and no doubt after the acrimonious split, he’ll be wanting to exorcise some demons and ‘show them what they’re missing…’

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To put the odds on his side Savoya spent two days at Padova this week getting to grips with the new car and obviously this practice has proved beneficial. He’s going fast and also seems to have still room for improvement. But practice is what it is… Tomorrow, qualifying will likely throw up another story and changing weather conditions could completely revitalize early predictions.

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REDS unveil ‘Durabell’ long-wear Clutch bell

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Site: REDS Racing | Buy REDS Racing products

REDS’ new long wear clutch bell is made of high quality steel and the special coating treatment allows the teeth to last longer than any other standard clutch bell on the market, transferring power from the clutch to the center spur gear and the rest of the drive train with consistency and reliability.

A special vented design also guarantees lower temperatures and cleaner shoe engagement for a longer life of both bell and clutch shoes. Durabell is available in 13 and 14 teeth versions only and suits Kyosho, Mugen, JQ, Xray, Associated, Hot Bodies, Serpent, Xray. (Durabell does not replace our standard 13 and 14 teeth clutch bells.)

Specifications: Inner Diameter: 26.6mm | Bearings Size: 5x10x4mm

2016 Montpellier GP: Day 1 Practice

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Under the Hood: Robert Batlle

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Robert Batlle (Spain)

Chassis: Mugen Seiki MBX7R
Engine: Ultimate M4R
Fuel: Nitrolux
Tyres: Procircuit Hot Dices
Radio & Servos: Futaba & Highest DT3000 ‘Robert Batlle’ Servos
Body & Wing: Ultimate Racing & Mugen
Options: FastRace 20g weight
Event: 2016 Montpellier GP, France
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