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Q3 Nitro Buggy – Riccardo Berton TQs

Kyosho’s Riccardo Berton has just won the third round of qualifying, a perfect round for Riccardo with the TQ and the fastest lap. Just behind his teammate Elliott Boots made a great run and finished very close to the Italian ace. More than one second behind the duo Alex Zanchettin would have certainly hoped better but he remains in the race for the overall TQ of the nitro class with Riccardo. Alex has run under the pressure of Marco Barrufolo who take the fourth in front of Marco Ravaglia ranks fifth 2sec behind.

Alex Zanchettin TQ’s E-buggy Q3

The third and penultimate round of qualifying in E-buggy at the WIBC 2k17 will be much cleaner than the Q2. Alex Zanchettin and his Tekno will once again able to bring out powder by performing a 8 laps in 5:12, a half second ahead Nemo Racing driver Darren Bloomfield faster and faster at each rounds. Alex’s biggest rival, Reno Savoya continues his excellent start in both classes by taking 3rd, not far from Alex. Nothing is yet played between Alex and Reno, the two contenders for the overall TQ in E-buggy. Reno will remain a little stuck behind another driver which will make him lose not far from 2sec. In 4th position driver Kyosho Elliott Boots is fast but not yet fast enough to hang the top 3. Trust Mike Cradock and Chris Boots to find the little thing that is missing.

Elliott uses a MP9 modified by Mike with a completely redesigned layout. The weight distribution is moved forward and the center of gravity lowered.

Riccardo Berton closes the Top 5 with a regular round with as consolation the fastest lap time of the round.

Alex Zanchettin takes TQ in Q2 at WIBC

The second round of qualifying in the nitro class has certainly been the most thrilling so far. The gaps are being reduced between the drivers and places are harder to get … and harder to keep! Tekno’s Alex Zanchettin will fight all round with TLR’s Marco Barrufolo and Kyosho’s Riccardo Berton for the TQ. The three drivers will finish in this order in less than two seconds. Elliott Boots will be a pretty frustrating round with a lot of time lost from the start. But the Kyosho driver will make a recovery which he has the secret and prove that he had the speed by finishing 4th. Darren Bloomfield, at the fifth place finished very close to Elliott after a steady round.

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.

2017 Buggyland Track Walk video

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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