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Kyosho’s Riccardo Berton set the pace during free practice at the EURO Contest in Barco, Italy – an event known best for it’s atmosphere and fun also delivered on track as drivers put down some serious rubber.

Standings after Practice: F1 | F2 | E-Buggy

With Berton setting the pace, 6/10ths infront over 3 laps ahead of four rounds of qualifying on Saturday, it was left to Davide Ongaro to seed 2nd, best of the rest, himself 2/10ths ahead of Alex Zanchettin and last year’s Champion Marco Baruffolo in 4th with Riccardo Rabitti 5th rocking Radiosistemi’s exotically named Carrara Z9 – we half expect it to have ‘styled by Pininfarina’ down the side given we’re in Ferrari country!

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There’s no mistaking that the home drivers have raced here before, but are also pretty handy with the ‘Azzuri’ occupying the first 11 spots, ol’ designer/driver/gypsy king JQ the first non Italo, just infront of Max-Throttle Johansson. Robert Batlle sitting a slightly lowly 15th, having not raced at Barco before (ever?) the burgundy-styled (see our walkabout video) Spaniard seems happy and will surely do what he always does, climb the ranks and crescendo towards the final.

Don’t miss our Walkabout Video!

A scorching day here at EURO Contest day 1, temps hitting around 36c, thankfully always a party atmosphere and smiles all round with food, drinks and beer flowing.

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