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Round 3 of qualifying saw the blue sunny skies disappear and a greyish white cloud descend over the Grondal Ring facility in Eskilstuna, whether weather (!) or simply extremely difficult track conditions saw many drivers lose some lap time, the bumps and ruts tossing cars left, right or sideways constantly.

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That said, there is a definite group of true offroaders who seem to be shining through, able to setup their car to handle the ever developing track surface – at times grippy, at others loose. Q3 would be the breakthrough round for Sweden’s David Ronnefalk, having threatened to go top in both previous rounds taking 2nd in both, the World Champion overcame a hugely costly mistake on lap 2. A TQ challenge looking unlikely after losing around 4 secs, however Ronnefalk pushed on and finished in style with a couple of sub 40 sec laptimes to set the fastest run of the day so far despite the crash.

Missing in practice but very much here for quali is the Moto tyre rocking Davide Ongaro, favouring the large pin tyre to great effect coming home in 2nd infront of Robert Batlle from the 3rd heat and a strong result from Serpent’s Carlos Duraes in 4th. Elliott Boots had high hopes after his opening round TQ but mistakes on 4 laps saw him take 5th overall from Kyosho team mate Riccardo Berton. In 7th Joseph ‘the blogger’ Quagraine, clearly at home on this track. In 8th, sterling showing from Jessica Palsson, showing up the boys out there.

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