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‘Walking on water…’

After the conclusion of Q1 (all 5 hours, 25 mins of it), Q2 was ready to hit the track, once again the drivers going fastest in seeding practice, getting arguably the poorest track, ‘overwatered’ during the shortened lunchbreak was how some of the less disgruntled ones even described it, whilst navigating their way round the rapidly worsening surface.

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It proved another poor round for yesterday’s practice pacesetters HB team mates Ty Tessmann and David Ronnefalk, both making costly errors whilst Dakotah Phend triumphed enough to claim 4th overall. Round 2 and a sensational return to his earlier practice form from Davide Ongaro, as the young Italian beat Phend’s time by only 0.2 secs, his father and pit team elated as they celebrated the kid’s efforts.

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However, not in dissimilar fashion to four years ago in Argentina, Elliott Boots completely crushed the competition, this time round 3.5 secs clear of his nearest rival Ryan Cavalieri, himself improving from his Q1 result of 4th. Jorn Neumann proved the outlier as the German found form to climb into 6th relegating MX team mate Tebo to 7th by 3 hundredths of a second.

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Two rounds in and it’s been all Boots so far, the British 2x European Champion excelling in the bumps, his Mike Cradock-prepared race package on top form.

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After Wing-gate… Watergate-gate

The headlines will read Boots domination however behind the scenes they hide the other stories of the event thus far, which most publically surround the watering of the track, many believing the amount of water and time spent doing it hasn’t been equal and thus unfair, in particular for the first heat, whether sour grapes or not, drivers appear aggrieved enough to take to social media to air their thoughts on the matter very vocally.

In the lower heats the thoughts were more turned to the length of the rounds, the lower ranked drivers running under lights on a track radically different conditions wise to some of their peers who ran some 3-4 hours earlier.
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Q2 Overall

 

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