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In a final that will surely go down as one of the most enjoyable, spectacular and eventful in memory, the pacesetter all week David Ronnefalk took an expectant win, however it proved to be far from a formality as the 17 year-old Swede had to fight his way back after a series of mistakes. Initially Ronnefalk opened up a lead with Savoya 2nd and Bloomfield looking dangerous with his 10min fuel strategy in 3rd, however the reigning European Champion was forced to retire at the 18 min mark, meaning a new European Champion would be crowned. Back upfront Robert Batlle and Reno Savoya assumed a cat and mouse battle with the 3x European Champion leading for much of it until he began to be reeled in slowly by the chasing Ronnefalk, however Savoya proved his namesake; tougher to catch than a Blue Marlin, eventually the latter half turned into the Ronnefalk/Savoya show with David getting past every now and then only to open a 2 second gap before a mistake dropped him behind.

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With the last fuel stops cycling through Ronnefalk managed to open a 5-7 sec gap as Savoya drove staggeringly well – to be able to catch up to Ronnefalk, let alone pressure him epitomises Savoya in a nutshell – a Big Race driver. With the 33rd European Championship within his grasp and his 2012 last laps but a distant memory David Ronnefalk was cruising round, taking it easy until a mistake on the log section which saw him land his Kyosho on the roof rather than the boots. Cue the crowd going crazy and Reno Savoya spurred on drove like a homing missile, the Shark could smell blood now and sensed victory #4 might be on the cards as Ronnefalk tightened up with a lap to go. With heartbeats round the track collectively in overdrive Ronnefalk held his cool, a few small twitchy moments but he took home a deserved Champagne title.

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Huge respect to Savoya for a blistering final, he came so close, a real drivers’ display of grit and determination, not to mention team mate Martin Bayer who put on such a show in the semis, also Jerome Sartel coming home in 4th – the Pink Panther under the radar for much of the Euros but showing that consistency counts as well as out and out speed. Bit of a disappointment for Robert Batlle, who it must be said never looked 100% happy with his package – never quite landing on the ‘setup sweetspot’, whilst Lee Martin finishes in 6th as top Brit but will head to Spain for the 10th Euros having expected a bit more. Neumann featured heavily in the 2nd semi, winning it and due to start P2, but a late 10min grace call saw him start last before his car expired after 16 laps, 10 laps later the defending European Champion Darren Bloomfield sadly retired with a broken clutch.

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