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Round 1 of qualifying hit the track bright and early on Tuesday morning, of course IFMAR’s setup is such that the top seeds after practice, get the… rough end of the deal in terms of the ‘greenest’ track – tracksweepers even! Anyway, with the top guys packed into the top 3 heats, top seed Ronnefalk was up first, led the majority of the heat as Tessmann crashed early on, only to have a safe provisional TQ in the bag before making a mistake on the last corner of the last lap just infront of the timing loop… he would drop from arguably a 4th for the round to 8th – expensive qual points to drop early on as team mate Ty benefitted.

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Heat 2 and Maifield flew out of the blocks, setting a time 2.2 secs faster than Ty’s, looking in a good position to take the top spot overall until… heat 3 came on track…


Elliott Boots looked on it, as he clicked off fast lap after fast lap, enough to TQ by 3 secs over a re-charged Jared Tebo, a Kyosho 1,2 in round 1 as Maifield would settle for 3rd with Cavalieri sliding into 4th. Stand out performances from Portugal’s Joao Figueiredo in 10th and Johnny Skidmore making the top 25

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Q1 Overall