Yannick Aigoin leads qualifying at the 2010 Euros and is favourite to TQ the whole event, brother Jerome is in 2nd having TQ’d the 3rd round. Fastest in practice, Portugul’s Miguel Matias is in 3rd place. The day went smoothly and without fuss, Yannick driving very well to TQ the two rounds, in Q2 he had a few crashes but still managed to finish a credible 4th. If Yannick TQ’s another round than he will automatically be TQ (best 3/5 to count). Overall the Losi team are the ones to beat, although pre-event hopeful Darren Bloomfield lies in 18th after 3 rounds; not able to rediscover the pace he showed at the warm up. Martin Bayer could be a dark horse for the finals, the Czech Losi driver has been consistently fast and car looks good. David Ronnefalk had a strong Q2 and could well have TQ’d Q3 if it hadn’t been for a crash, Yannick edging him out by 0.7 sec. Tomorrow we have two further qualifiers that will determine who the ‘lucky top 16’ are (semi qualifiers). Click Read more for Q1, Q2, Q3 writeups.
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Q3 Top 10 finishers:
1 – Yannick AIGOIN – FR – 8 5:14.814 (158)
2 – David RONNEFALK – SE – 8 5:15.669 (156)
3 – Martin BAYER – CZ – 8 5:17.371 (155)
4 – Borja HERNANDEZ – ES – 8 5:17.551 (154)
5 – Miguel MATIAS – PT – 8 5:18.507 (153)
5 – Jérôme AIGOIN – FR – 8 5:21.720 (152)
6 – Davide TORTORICI – IT – 8 5:22.632 (151)
7 – Julien LATTANZIO – FR – 8 5:22.636 (150)
8 – Javier PUCHE – ES – 8 5:23.071 (149)
9 – Bruno COELHO – PT – 8 5:23.493 (148)
10 – Lee MARTIN – GB – 8 5:23.842 (147)

Jerome Aigoin put in a stellar run to top Q2 with an 8/5:16.446 suggesting the track has gotten somewhat slower since the top Q1 times were set. We spoke to Jerome and he said he was really happy with his car and didn’t plan to change anything on it for the 3rd and last qualifier for today. Q1 TQ Yannick Aigoin was on a fast pace but blew his chances when he made 3-4 bad mistakes, the surprise for Q2 were Ronnefalk, Alsop and Sartel all putting in good runs. The tough qualifying continues for the likes of Bloomfield & Batlle; the latter on a good run until he crashed and spent some time on his roof – ruining his run.

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Q2 Top 10:
1 – Jérôme AIGOIN – FR – 8 5:16.446 (158)
2 – Renaud SAVOYA – FR – 8 5:16.712 (156)
3 – David RONNEFALK – SE – 8 5:18.466 (155)
4 – Yannick AIGOIN – FR – 8 5:18.647 (154)
5 – Miguel MATIAS – PT – 8 5:20.110 (153)
6 – Jérôme SARTEL – FR – 8 5:20.882 (152)
7 – Teemu LEINO – FI – 8 5:20.916 (151)
8 – Graham ALSOP – GB – 8 5:21.654 (150)
9 – Borja HERNANDEZ – ES – 8 5:21.764 (149)
10 – Martin BAYER – CZ – 8 5:22.047 (148)
Qualifying Rankings

We caught up with Q1 TQ Yannick Aigoin and he was delighted to be top of the charts, but said he wasn’t entirely happy with the car. Citing the huge range of grip levels that there are over the course of a lap; varying from loose gravel on the jump/roller sections to rubbered in and slick ‘S’ bends and then the concrete corners. Finding a good compromise on setup for the track that really works in all sections is tough.

Q1 Update: Miguel Matias was out in the first heat and set a benchmark time of 8/5:12.183, 2nd in that round was Neil Cragg, followed by Craig Drescher. In heat 2 Yannick Aigoin narrowly set the new TQ time of 8/5:09.008, just infront of Losi team mate Martin Bayer 0.7 sec back. Simon Willetts driving for Kyosho put in an impressive run 8/5:11.724 ; going faster than Miguel Matias as well. Defending champ Savoya had a disappointing run by his standards doing 8/5:16.803

Qualifying at the Euros is here and we have 3 rounds today, with a further two tomorrow. The three best results will count of the five, and the tie breakers are then your 4th best result etc.

Yannick Aigoin & Miguel Matias topped practice yesterday leading the onslaught from the Losi team, stay tuned to Neo we will have updates throughout the day on how the first three rounds pan out.