Going into the final round of quali Robert Batlle had already sewn it up having topped the timesheets of rounds one and two, he opted to test some different things on his car as well as push it hard in order to find it’s limits, he came away slightly disgruntled as a result of traffic which is a bit of an issue round the high speed layout. TLR driver Alec Zanchettin was vying for the role of pacesetter with Lee Martin however the Italian TLR driver would end up retiring on his last lap, Lee Martin had a qualifying day to remember as he improved on his time on each occasion, rightfully rewarded with TQ in round 3 ahead of Kyosho’s Fabrizio Teghesi. Lee told us that he’s enjoying his 1/8 buggy racing more than ever, relishing the chance to race on good dirt tracks over artificial surfaces often used in 1/10th Buggy over the winter, the British Worlds finalist is running Pro-Line rubber and a deal with the Californian outfit looks a certainty.

Impressing many was young Davide Ongaro, putting in a consistently quick qualifying even demoting Worlds Top Qualifier Elliott Boots to the title of ‘2nd Kyosho’ (perhaps 3rd if you count some of the parts on Neil Cragg’s car as AE continue to use other parts to develop and fine tune their next generation design), anyhow Cragg is looking fast and a good shout for the final. Boots is mighty fast and as always the driver to watch for anyone who wants to see car control at its finest and a car always on the limits of adhesion.

There are quite a few big names that will have to race their way into the semi finals – displaced by the fast posse of Italian drivers who know what works and how to race at Padova. In 25th Miguel Matias, hauling himself up a bit after two pretty lacklustre rounds of qualifying he managed to rescue some pride, one spot behind him the young Spaniard Ignacio Candel. A promising talent having made the ‘semi sixteen’ at the Euros last summer, he is getting to grips with the Padova track but behind the game when it comes to certain areas which you need, to go fast as well as running the older MBX6R car, the X7 due to arrive next week. Down in 29th and way out of position Reno Savoya, struggling with tyres and not helped by a duff Q3, the Shark’s mood slightly dampened as a result but he’ll be back come finals.
Saturday Photos here | Be sure to check out Robert Batlle’s Q2 TQ video above

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Class: F1 | F2