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Ronnefalk finds breakthrough in Q3

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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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David Ronnefalk leads Euros Practice

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Home nation favourite David Ronnefalk came flying out of the blocks for controlled practice and will seed as the #1 driver. After a positive morning shakedown round having changed a few bits overnight the Swede raised collective paddock eyebrows as he strung together a trio of low 39 sec & one 40 sec lap to lay down a high water marker. Backing it up once more in Rd 2 as the only driver to manage a sub 2 minute time of today. Ronnefalk guided by tyre guru Jason Ruona appears to be running an older JConcepts tread design, first debuted back in 2012, but clearly working well here in Eskilstuna.

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Pacesetter yesterday Elliott Boots looked content although slightly surprised with his lap pace in Rd2, the reigning European Champion saying how difficult the track was to handle given the mix of loose dust and grippy areas on line giving a car that snatches and bites. In 3rd a resurgent Robert Batlle, a poor first round was overcome as the Spaniard came good making up the trio of pre event favourites who sit at the top.

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A new name in 4th however as Champion-in-waiting Juan Carlos Canas has quietly gone about his business to place 4th, likewise Joao Figueiredo, excelling on the surface and layout, he is joined by fellow countryman Carlos Duraes, whilst France’s cause is led by young Kyosho driver Rayan Medjoubi, in 8th confirming the Kyosho are enjoying themselves on the surface is Riccardo Berton whilst Yannick Aigoin breaks the trend of the young drivers in 9th. In P10, Davide Ongaro, struggling for that cutting edge of outright pace but surely deadly, 11th Savoya, 12th the highly impressive Hampus Berg whilst team Finland round out the bottom of the top 15.

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Ronnefalk tops Practice round 2

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David Ronnefalk once again topped the timsheets in Controlled Practice round 2, not quite able to set a 3 lap time as fast as his earlier one of the day but 1 sec ahead of closest competitor Robert Batlle. The Spaniard proved one of the biggest improvers as he was confident heading into practice after the shakedown only for his car to behave completely differently due to temperatures and conditions.

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Ronnefalk tops Euros First Practice

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After a positive untimed ‘shakedown’ morning round David Ronnefalk showed a turn of speed to break the 2 minute barrier over 3 laps in the first of two rounds of controlled practice which will be used for qualifying seeding. Predictably Elliott Boots wasn’t far behind, matching the time he managed yesterday with a further round this afternoon to find more speed, however it was Ronnefalk who found the big laptime gains from yesterday.

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In 3rd an increasingly impressive performance from young Juan Carlos Canas – he is ever so slowly nudging himself into the limelight and no doubt want’s to be seen as a title contender. Amongst the paddock there is a consensus that it’s Ronnefalk & Boots and then a group of 4-5 drivers chasing. Robert Batlle was unable to make the top 15 (16th!) but the three lap system is notorious for it’s imprecise read on qualifying. Joao Figueiredo again making it into the top 4 is enjoying a great start to this Euros whilst Carlos Duraes popped his Serpent buggy into a surprise 5th, shrugging off the recent headlines and no-show from Jorn Neumann.

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JConcepts show off new Kosmos tyre

US tyre and accessories brand JConcepts are here in force at the 2017 Euros in Sweden with principal Jason Ruona supporting his drivers, debuting their new Kosmos tyre. Designed with “Euro Style” in mind, the Kosmos sports heavy to medium pins, suited for high speed tracks and dust, something like the MK Eskil track here in Sweden 😉 The Kosmos tyre will be available in long wear compounds soon.

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New FX ‘low profile’ cooling head spotted at Euros

Spotted in the pits at the 2017 European Championships is a new ‘low profile’ cooling head from FX engines on Martin Bayer’s XB8’17 buggy.


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EUROS Update: Sponsor options, timetable & container hire

MK Eskil, the host club behind this summer’s European Championships in Eskilstuna, Sweden have posted up a load of useful info for participants, manufacturers and the like.

First up is the preliminary timetable for the event – Starting on Tuesday 1st August and finishing Saturday evening.

Additionally, for sponsors and manufacturers, there is the possibility to hire  a container to pit from and store your stuff, the club have prepared full documentation with information and pricing as well as banner sponsorship. Update – Containers sold out, but banners still available. – See Container & Sponsor document 

General info for the event is available on the dedicated webpage

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