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Reno Savoya TQ’s E-buggy Q2 at WIBC

Speed ​​and regularity ended up paying for Reno Savoya! Reno and his RC Concept-powered TLR are the fastest in Q2 in the E-buggy class at the World Indoor Buggy Cup. The race will be quite rough, punctuated by a lot of mistakes due in large part to a pressure really growing. Reno will quickly occupy the lead leaving Tekno driver Alex Zanchettin get closer and get away like a yo-yo. Reno will make his only mistake putting Alex more in confidence. He will succeed to catch up and then overtake Reno but just two laps later, he will make a mistake allowing Reno to take the 1st place until the end. Agama driver Darren Bloomfield will make a great run and he will even manage to overtake Alex to grab the second position. Kyosho driver Riccardo Berton finished one second behind Alex after committing some mistakes. The young German driver Kilic Burak will creates the surprise by taking the fifth place with his Agama, almost 4 seconds behind Riccardo.

Riccardo Berton takes opening WIBC Qualifier

An Italian driver replacing another and after Alex Zanchettin in E-buggy it is the turn of Riccardo Berton to make the show in Nitro by TQing the first round at the WIBC 2k17. The driver Kyosho is always very fast here at Padova and he proves it. He performs 8 laps in 5:17, two seconds from TLR’s Reno Savoya which reiterated a performance almost identical to the one he made in E-buggy. In the aspiration of the triple European champion we find another multi-time Euro champion Elliott Boots. Elliott traded his prototype engine for a “good old” Reds.


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Alex Zanchettin TQ’s WIBC 2k17 Q1

Tekno RC driver Alex Zanchettin put his name at the top of the World Indoor Buggy Cup WIBC 2k17 E-buggy qualifying standings with the TQ in the first run. The Italian ace achieved 8 laps in 5:16 with a fairly substantial gap from TLR driver Reno Savoya, also with 8 laps but 3sec slower. Reno is closely followed by another Italian driver, Kyosho’s Riccardo Berton just behind. Behind the first three the gap is widening with Kyosho driver Elliott Boots relegated in 8 laps in 5:23 in fourth and Nemo Racing driver Darren Bloomfield one second behind the double Euro champ’. The track changes a lot and the inconsistent grip is a real challenge for all drivers here, a specialty in Padova! The conditions will continue to evolve especially at the end of the day where the temperature decrease and humidity will raise.


Boots tops Buggyland 4.0 nitro practice

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Day 1 at the 4th running of the Spanish Buggyland event in Fuencarral, Madrid saw drivers find their rhythm on the demanding three-dimensional track with a very hard packed smooth grippy surface which would develop into a narrow racing line and sand offline as the day progressed. Overcast and windy conditions welcomed the drivers in the morning followed by sunshine in the afternoon as Robert Batlle would top seeding practice in E-Buggy followed closely by fellow Spaniard Juan Carlos Canas.

In nitro buggy David Ronnefalk went fastest in the first round but despite improving in round 2 it was Elliott Boots’ very planted Kyosho that would top proceedings as Ongaro came within a 10th of Boots’ time to seed 3rd overall infront of Robert Batlle. Practice day at Buggyland proved a bit of a struggle for VIP Jared Tebo, saying he didn’t quite feel at home on the high grip yet occasionally loose surface, however there should be more to come for tomorrow.

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This weekend sees the 4th running of the increasingly popular Buggyland 4.0 race in northern Fuencarral – Madrid, Spain. Some of the World’s best drivers are on hand to compete this weekend in one of the final large 1/8 buggy events of the season before attention turns to the looming 1/10th scale Worlds in China in November.

Populating the starting grid this weekend in Spain is no less than the current top 2 ranked drivers of the World – Jared Tebo & David Ronnefalk. Recently crowned Euro Champion Robert Batlle is of course here as well as reigning Champ from last year’s rained-out event Elliott Boots, not forgetting Davide Ongaro, Juan Carlos Canas, Riccardo Berton, Alex Zanchettin, Joao Figueiredo & many more!

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David Ronnefalk wins Italian Job Race

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Alseno in northern Italy hosted the annual ‘summer edition’ of the Italian Job Race, with scorching temperatures experienced (40 + celcius) , the majority of Europe’s ‘elite’ was present keen to get racing after a short hiatus; the first event after the European Championships in Sweden which re-established the pecking order amongst the Pros.

In qualifying David Ronnefalk would TQ Q1 with Neo Champion Davide Ongaro taking the next two rounds and finally Marco Baruffolo rounding out with the final round TQ. In E-Buggy, Ronnefalk TQ’d 3 of the available rounds with Elliott Boots taking Q3 and 2nd behind the Swede. The nitro semis saw Ongaro & Ronnefalk ontop, the former starting on pole, Elliott Boots had a tougher time and would make it into the main via the last chance qualifier.

E-Buggy would see Marco Baruffolo take the victory after racing with polesitter David Ronnefalk, the Swede holding the lead for the first few laps before a mistake allowed Baruffolo past. Ronnefalk running 2nd finally missing out on a final last lap dual, caught by the finishing tone by 2/10ths leaving Baruffolo with a victory lap, Riccardo Berton finishing 3rd overall.

In the nitro buggy final we’ll hand over to eventual winner David Ronnefalk for his take on it, “I kept cool and had a 12 second lead over Ongaro halfway into the 45min main. I was in control of the race and stayed patient in front. Towards the end Davide had two flame outs and dropped down moving Robert up to 2nd, I had him a couple a seconds in front of me towards the end so almost a lap and I could cruise to the finish“.

Newly re-crowned European Champion Robert Batlle would take 2nd with a very strong finish from Mattia Polito taking the final podium sopt and Radiosistemi’s new signing Leo Valente in 4th infront of Riccardo Berton.

In a post on Facebook Ronnefalk shared how much the victory meant to him, “Feels so good to finally get that win I’ve been chasing all year. I’ve had many good races with podium finishes this year but this time I took the last step onto the top spot. To bounce back like this after a bit disappointing 3rd place at the Euros feels so nice.”

Robert Batlle wins his 3rd European Championship

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Robert Batlle took a deserved 3rd European Championship in Eskilstuna, Sweden having led much of the final, TQ’d qualifying and starting on pole position for the 45 minute final. Early on Robert led round but on lap 2 a crash allowed home favourite David Ronnefalk through, he would open up a small gap as the likes of Boots, Ongaro and Batlle began fighting for position, Bloomfield also hanging with them during the early phase.

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Ronnefalk’s small early lead was cut short as a mistake saw Batlle swoop past, a lead he would hold despite constant pressure. A final that will go down as a dominant one outfront but a race-long fight for the podium places as Boots locked horns with Ronnefalk and Ongaro there as well. Several times positions would change outfront, all the while whilst Robert was stretching his lead ever so slowly.

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As first pitstops filtered through, Batlle’s pit crew suffered a scare as their Picco engine took all the fuel the gun had, however it was Elliott Boots who would suffer not one but two flame outs whilst in pitlane, losing valuable time. David Ronnefalk showed early speed but citing his car ‘not feeling’ the same after a specific crash which led to a series more, it proved hard to drive for the Swede as he fought with Ongaro & Boots.

Heralded by the racing industry as an ambassador for the hobby & sport, Robert would turn bad fortune at the past two European championships around as he swept to a popular victory. Davide Ongaro would finish a brilliant 2nd, perhaps not having the speed of Boots or Ronnefalk, but the young head proved he could crash less. Amongst the outgoing European Champion and current World Champion bragging rights this time round went to the Swede, although ‘gutted’ with 3rd after having high hopes of a home victory. Perhaps even more heartbroken will be Elliott Boots, denied a title shot by two flame outs in pitlane caused by the fuel gun and then finishing off the podium.

This Euros we anticipated was about 4 drivers and so it turned out, the quartet dominating much of the event, and one driver coming out ontop, old?! hand Robert Batlle who finally added a 3rd European title to his name, putting him level with 1/8 Buggy great Daniel Reckward, the pair now sharing 3 Euro titles and 1 World Championship.

A huge thank you to the MK Eskil team for their support & hospitality, EFRA and the weather gods, the rain arriving only minutes after the final finished. Thank you for watching.

Overall Result

Robert Batlle dominates end of Quali & TQ’s Euros

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Over five rounds of qualifying the battle has ebbed and flowed between multiple drivers, however the pre event favourites picked out shared the spoils for TQ, however Friday at the Euros belongs to Robert Batlle as he stepped up and smashed a run in some 5 secs quicker than the nearest challenger.

Heat 1 saw David Ronnefalk turn in a decent run of 8/ 5:26.176, fast but it didn’t look as rapid as his Q4 run which was cut short, up stepped Elliott Boots, if he went faster he would TQ. And he did, despite a minor rollover in the back section, Boots 1.4 secs faster than Ronnefalk – it looked like TQ was settled, going the way of the Brit.

But fastest man in Q4, Robert Batlle hadn’t read that script and caused a collective jaw drop as he set the track alight with a time of 8/5:18.801, having opted to switch from AKA impact super soft to soft clearly worked a treat as the sun came out for his heat and he found a sweet spot. Put into perspective with an average laptime of 39.850 over 8 laps simply put a most excellent display of driving, earning Robert envious praise from even his toughest competitors.