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HB Europe’s team setups

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Source: HB Europe
Team HB Europe have come along way in the 6 months since they signed the likes of David Ronnefalk and Reno Savoya – last weekend at the 2015 Euros they had the more cars in the main final than anyone else (3), with David Ronnefalk claiming 2nd overall. The team have just now helpfully uploaded their final setups from the event which are available here.

See also David Ronnefalk’s Under the Hood

Video: 2015 Quebec Classic Finals

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The 2nd annual Quebec Classic took place the weekend before last with title sponsor AKA’s own Ryan Cavalieri making the trip north across the border and taking a double victory, the organisers have posted full length final videos of both the buggy A main and truck A main (read more).


 

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Graupner SOAR at the Euros

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As one of our main sponsors of last week’s extensive Euros coverage, Graupner SOAR attended with their star driver Dani Bernabe as well as team support and SOAR Seiki boss Didian Ho, the team kindly allowed us to shoot their 998 buggy for a little updated Under the Hood segment.

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Boots bumps up in Top25RC rankings after Euros win

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Source: Top25RC
Congratulations to Elliott Boots on the big win at the Euros! Boots put in a great drive to take the win over the defending champion and #4 ranked driver in the world David Ronnefalk. Not a lot of movement on the list after this weekend, but we welcome the return of Jorn Neumann and Mike Truhe back on the top 25 list. It was great to see some young talent start to really emerge with Alex Zanchettin finishing 3rd and Davide Ongaro finishing 4th, but clearly had the most speed in the final. Neither driver has broken into the top 25, but look for them soon.

Elliott Boots wins 2015 EUROS

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The nearly man is no more.

A major international title that so elusively eluded Elliott Boots is finally his – winner of the 35th EFRA European Championships held in Sacile, Northern Italy. The story started out in the semis as TQ man Boots started on pole only to suffer a minor flame out in the pits whilst refuelling, he would fall back into a tight fight but recover enough to take 2nd behind Ronnefalk. The 2nd semi was one of the most eventful races we’ve ever witnessed, with 7 drivers in contention of taking 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th – bump positions in the final. It proved messy with Alessandro Stocco losing out, as well as Martin Bayer, having made an opportunistically robust move up the inside of Marco Baruffolo driving towards the line on the last lap, he hit Baruffolo who went flying and the referees deemed it Bayer’s fault, handing him a penalty and promoting Baruffolo to the main. Subsequently having seen replayed video footage of the incident, Bayer had his nose infront when contact was made and the exclusion penalty seems very very harsh indeed…


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The Drama didn’t stop there, as Ref Dallas gave an impromptu lesson to the final marshals, on how to marshal, but rather for Robert Batlle who himself had suffered a flameout but just after the loop managed to recover – as his father Carles set his car down on the grid, he immediately knew something was wrong – a grub screw in the front center driveshaft coming out – DNS for Batlle.

Major title favourite OUT already…

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David Ronnefalk would lead them round with Elliott Boots gapping him and Zanchettin, Ongaro all in the mix, the track at this stage had taken a huge battering, and no drivers were risking a small double on the left side – it started out pretty fair and square, Ongaro looking very racy indeed but making small mistakes.

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Ronnefalk would hold the lead, briefly challenged by Boots, before Boots dropped back, Zanchettin in the mix, but despite his rather thirsty engine, Boots kept himself in the fight, Ronnefalk out front but only gapping the others via their mistakes, not looking faster – it would play out as Ronnefalk had a pitstop in hand over Ongaro and Boots.

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Halfway through Boots made a big error, followed by another one – advantage Ronnefalk, a 3rd Euro title looked a possibility, until 15 secs where a costly mistake reduced the gap back down, after that, Boots was able to keep a faster pace, Pro-Line’s Fugitive tyres coming into their own – the X2 compound his team chose hanging on remarkably better than his competitors. Boots would pass Ronnefalk and start sailing away into the distance to a very deserved first European Championship title – behind him Alex Zanchettin grabbed the last podium spot as Boots passed the loop for a victory lap, Ronnefalk missing out on a 3rd consecutive title and home track boy Davide Ongaro coming home in 4th to the delights of the crowd.

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EUROS Finals: Live!

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EUROS Coverage Links: Coverage Page | Under the Hoods | Videos | Photos | History
Day 4 Photo Gallery | Live Timing & Video | Overall Quali

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Semi A: 13:50 – 14:10 Semi B: 14:15 – 14:35
Main Final 16:15
(Local time – GMT+1)

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Video: EUROS walkabout & track update guide with Lee & Neil

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EUROS Coverage Links: Coverage Page | Under the Hoods | Videos | Photos | History
Day 4 Photo Gallery | Live Timing & Video | Q1 | Q2 | Q3 | Q4 | Q5 | Overall


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Elliott Boots TQs the 2015 EUROS

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EUROS Coverage Links: Coverage Page | Under the Hoods | Videos | Photos | History
Day 4 Photo Gallery | Live Timing & Video | Q1 | Q2 | Q3 | Q4 | Q5 | Overall

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Winner of the Euro warm up, Elliott Boots showed his consistency in qualifying never dropping out of the top 10 in a single run managing a single TQ and three 2nd places – whilst P2 man Robert Batlle TQ’d Q3 & Q5, Boots’ 3rd result proved better and thus gave him the overall top spot. A not wholly unexpected result having held overnight TQ since yesterday, many tip this year’s Euros to be between the top 3 drivers, Elliott the only one without a major international win of Euro calibre, however he now has a Euros TQ to his merit list.

‘Best of the rest’ goes to Davide Ongaro, pipping fellow young Italian Riccardo Berton to 4th place, the smiling Mugen driver is making Euros organiser dad Mauro proud taking 4th in Q5, in 6th a resurgent showing from Jorn Neumann with Serpent whilst Q4 TQ Alex Zanchettin faced a mixed bag in quali, 7th place betraying his overall speed but indicative of his inconsistency as well.

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Batlle Tqs final qualifier, Boots takes Overall

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EUROS Coverage Links: Coverage Page | Under the Hoods | Videos | Photos | History
Day 4 Photo Gallery | Live Timing & Video | Q1 | Q2 | Q3 | Q4 | Q5 | Overall

The reversed order of the 5th and final round of qualifying saw David Ronnefalk up first in heat 5, only him or Elliott Boots had a shot at overall TQ – Robert Batlle’s throwouts not mounting up to enough points. Ronnefalk set the benchmark with a 07.448, having had a slight sticky moment on a pipe, Elliott was up next and had a clear run apart from a minor moment where he had to be marshalled – rather speedily in fact, by none other than David Ronnefalk himself, good to see sportsmanship amongst drivers, friends and rivals on track.

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Elliott went quickest assuming TQ for Q5 and securing himself as overall TQ at the Euros. Boots team naturally happy with their man’s qualifying efforts – last up however was Robert Batlle in heat 1, with more or less nothing to lose he put on a consummate display of driving, beating Boots’ time by 1.4 secs, having a few bobbles and wheelie moments along the way but matching his 05 Q3 time once again.

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2015 Euros Friday: Live

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EUROS Coverage Links: Coverage Page | Under the Hoods | Videos | Photos | History
Day 4 Photo Gallery | Live Timing & Video | Q1 | Q2 | Q3 | Q4 | Standings after Q4

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