David Ronnefalk stepped up in Q3 to make it three different qualifiers three rounds in so far as the top 5 all went sub 6/5:20. Bryan Baldo again set the pace in heat 1, but would be beaten, the Spaniard working tirelessly to ensure the Euros runs smooth, coping with the wind picking up towards the end of the day battering the last heats and causing minor havoc. Heat 2 witnessed another super fast-looking run from Elliott Boots; you get the impression Bootsy isn’t pushing too hard to achieve the times he has, but despite being beaten to TQ in the latter two rounds, he is a secure ‘in’ for the top 3 in any round, with a first, second and third.
Q2 TQ Davide Ongaro wasn’t quite able to match his stunning Q2 pace, clicking off low 53 sec laps, enough to put him 5th in the standings, what is interesting is the lack of ‘new names’ occupying the top 5-6 (in no order… Boots, Batlle, Bloomfield, Ronnefalk not qualifying outside the top 5 so far… it suggests they’re not European Champions by accident).
Heat 3 and what was dubbed as the stacked heat with Bloomers, David and Robert all doing well, the Agama of Bloomfield and HB of Ronnefalk both coming flying out of the blocks with mid 52 sec laps, the pair were both on lightning pace, Bloomers finishing strongly whilst Ronnefalk kept the middle part of his run very fast and consisitent – contributing to setting the fastest run of the day so far with a 5:17.757, less than 1/10th of a second faster than Mr Davide Ongaro.
The first round of qualifying on day 3 of the 2016 Euros at RC Redovan, Spain witnessed cooler conditions as an overcast sky greeted racers, the morning’s shakedown round allowed everyone to ensure that their setups were on point and tyre choice spot on, despite claps of thunder nearby and the very occasional drop of rain, nothing more ever materialised and the top guys heat the track in heats 1-4.
Heat 1 saw Practice TQ Dani Bernabe bookend his run with mistakes, one on his last lap costing him a good 4 secs, however he didn’t display the same blistering lap pace as yesterday, Neil Cragg would win the heat with 5:23.598.
Heat 2 opened with a huge gust of wind which brought on a pretty serious cloud of sand and dust threatening the drivers with low visibility and loss of concentration, however Elliott Boots put in a very impressive run saving his best for the last lap with a 52.611, a laptime unmatched by other runners in Q1.
Heat 3 saw a photo finish between Bloomfield, Batlle and Ronnefalk, all within 4/10ths of each other and the latter two separated by only 1/100th of a second. Bloomfield clearly extremely happy with his start to qualifying, likewise Robert Batlle who showed consistency. Ronnefalk said he was pleased with the run, the top 4 (incidentally all made up of past and present European Champions – sharing 6 Championships between them) separated by only 1.3 seconds despite the size, speed and nature of the track and tricky windy conditions. The standout performance however went to Joao Figueiredo claiming 5th overall and Marco Baruffolo in 8th climbing up the rankings after a slow start to the Euros.
Ultimately, this is the first time the race shifts to ranking based on 5 mins, so the change in drivers is only natural as some are perhaps better suited at 3 lap pace vs. 5 mins, which on this mammoth track equates to only 6 laps.
British rising star Jack Embling takes over and interviews some of his mates after the Euros opening ceremony. Featuring Jamie Clancy, Jonny Skidmore, Mitchell Booth, Neil Cragg, Alan Dell & John Skidmore..
Chassis: Serpent SRX8 Engine: MX B2R Fuel: Maxima Tyres: Pro-Line Radio & Servos: Sanwa / K Power HBL836 Body & Wing: Serpent High Downforce body & stock wing Event: 2016 European Championships – RC Redovan, Spain