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Results: CP1 | Standings after Practice

An interesting day here at Yatabe Arena with a distinct ‘game of two halves’ going on, with the four free practice rounds crushed by XRAY’s nitro touring star Bruno Coelho, gelling immediately with the track changes to 4WD layout, Bruno’s fastest 3 consecutive laps of 52.130 in FP3 would have been good enough for overall practice TQ, had the times not have been wiped going into controlled practice, the Portuguese driver having to settle for 2nd overall as Japan’s Yusuke Sugiura gave the home support something to celebrate going into tomorrow’s four rounds of quali, the Kyosho driver having changed a few subtle things on his car from CP1 to CP2 and taking advantage to set the fastest time despite a slightly messy run.

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Pacesetter of CP1 Jared Tebo would have to settle for P4 overall, unable to better his CP1 time of 52.676, in fact in the top 10 only half set their times in the final round of practice, one such driver Poland’s Michal Orlowski, climbing impressively from 7th in CP1 to 3rd after CP2.

Ty Tessmann would sneak into the top 10 joining team mate David Ronnefalk, the HB duo enjoying a stronger 4WD outing after a few dreary days of 2WD just edging out TLR’s Ryan Maifield who’ll start as car 1 for the B heat. Its clear however there has been a reversal in fortunes as Associated’s strong showing in 2WD looks likely not to repeat in 4WD with only team leader (4X World Champ) Ryan Cavalieri inside the top 10.

Standings after Practice

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