2013 Euros News

Ronnefalk wins nail-biting Euros final

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In a final that will surely go down as one of the most enjoyable, spectacular and eventful in memory, the pacesetter all week David Ronnefalk took an expectant win, however it proved to be far from a formality as the 17 year-old Swede had to fight his way back after a series of mistakes. Initially Ronnefalk opened up a lead with Savoya 2nd and Bloomfield looking dangerous with his 10min fuel strategy in 3rd, however the reigning European Champion was forced to retire at the 18 min mark, meaning a new European Champion would be crowned. Back upfront Robert Batlle and Reno Savoya assumed a cat and mouse battle with the 3x European Champion leading for much of it until he began to be reeled in slowly by the chasing Ronnefalk, however Savoya proved his namesake; tougher to catch than a Blue Marlin, eventually the latter half turned into the Ronnefalk/Savoya show with David getting past every now and then only to open a 2 second gap before a mistake dropped him behind.

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With the last fuel stops cycling through Ronnefalk managed to open a 5-7 sec gap as Savoya drove staggeringly well – to be able to catch up to Ronnefalk, let alone pressure him epitomises Savoya in a nutshell – a Big Race driver. With the 33rd European Championship within his grasp and his 2012 last laps but a distant memory David Ronnefalk was cruising round, taking it easy until a mistake on the log section which saw him land his Kyosho on the roof rather than the boots. Cue the crowd going crazy and Reno Savoya spurred on drove like a homing missile, the Shark could smell blood now and sensed victory #4 might be on the cards as Ronnefalk tightened up with a lap to go. With heartbeats round the track collectively in overdrive Ronnefalk held his cool, a few small twitchy moments but he took home a deserved Champagne title.

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Huge respect to Savoya for a blistering final, he came so close, a real drivers’ display of grit and determination, not to mention team mate Martin Bayer who put on such a show in the semis, also Jerome Sartel coming home in 4th – the Pink Panther under the radar for much of the Euros but showing that consistency counts as well as out and out speed. Bit of a disappointment for Robert Batlle, who it must be said never looked 100% happy with his package – never quite landing on the ‘setup sweetspot’, whilst Lee Martin finishes in 6th as top Brit but will head to Spain for the 10th Euros having expected a bit more. Neumann featured heavily in the 2nd semi, winning it and due to start P2, but a late 10min grace call saw him start last before his car expired after 16 laps, 10 laps later the defending European Champion Darren Bloomfield sadly retired with a broken clutch.

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Ronnefalk takes pole for Euros final


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David Ronnefalk & Jorn Neumann both took wins in their respective semi finals, initially in the first semi Reno Savoya challenged Ronnefalk even taking the lead for a bit, but mistakes saw him drop down, after that it was a straightforward drive for the top qualifier. In the 2nd semi Jorn Neumann took a surprise win after RObert Batlle had a bit of a nightmare, crashing whilst in the lead than getting caught up in an epic threeway battle between himself and Bayer, Neumann. It ended with Bayer pipping Batlle to the line, grid order is as follows based on semi final time, with the first semi being generally quicker.

1. RONNEFALK David
2. NEUMANN Jorn
3. BLOOMFIELD Darren
4. BAYER Martin
5. BATLLE Robert
6. MARTIN Lee
7. SAVOYA Renaud
8. AIGOIN Jerome
9. AIGOIN Yannick
10. BOOTS Elliot
11. SARTEL Jerome
12. SVENSSON Christoffer

Beta’s new tuned exhaust pipe

Robert Batlle’s Qualifying interview

JQ: new radio tray & car mount

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The Euros is a classic time for unveiling new bits and bobs and this year whilst news travels faster than it did back in the day, we can still see a few surprises every now and again, bringing us nicely to the new radio tray layout that the JQ team drivers are running which allows a choice of battery placement either forward or in the rear for traction and weight distribution. The next item is a co-operation between the Finnish company Alphaform – a leader in product making and 3D printing and a company JQ Products has worked closely with for a while now testing out new designs of plastic parts for example. The item here is a motocross style car stand – with a very trick 3D render of ‘THE Car’ suspended underneath, during our Euros photoshoot it attracted plenty of attention for it’s unique style, the level of detail on the small car is mightily impressive, be sure to have a look at the photos below!

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Euro B Champ stars at Euro A

Since his dominating triumph at the European B Championships in early June, RB’s star pupil Marco Baruffolo has impressed many a paddock pundit with his fluid driving and impressive points haul, a few mistakes early on in qualifying can be attributed to any ‘A’ Euros novice, however Marco recovered well to take P25 overall. His qualifying journey started off with a 13th in Q1, however a huge crash prevented him from repeating that, slightly down on confidence perhaps, Baruffolo nailed down safe runs in Q3 & Q4 but it was really the last round where he unleashed the potent RB multi combination (RB car, engine, tyres, fuel!) which saw him secure 10th overall in Q5.

Along with his RB team mate Andres Marcelino from Spain in 19th the Euro B winning company have two drivers in the quarters, Marcelino excelling in Q5 as well taking a very deserved 8th place. Veteran and ambassador for the sport of 1/8 Buggy Daniel Reckward also improved in Q5 after a series of tough qualifiers, he has a day with a bit of bumping ahead of him, also hoping to make the jump from quarter to semi and perhaps further will be Marco and Andres, the former looking to emulate David Ronnefalk’s meteoric rise since winning his own B-Euros in 2009 and now going onto TQ the ‘A’ four years later.

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Ronnefalk’s Euros TQ Interview

Ronnefalk’s Q5 TQ Run

Ronnefalk’s Q5 TQ with commentary

 

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2013 1/8 Buggy European Championships

Tuesday 9th: Free Practice (3 Rnds)
Wednesday 10th:
Timed Practice (2 Rnds)
Thursday 11th:
Qualifying (Q1, Q2, Q3)
Friday 12th:
Qualifying (Q4, Q5), 2048th-128ths
Saturday 13th:
Finals, Main Final @ 16:00

Past European Champions:
2012: Darren Bloomfield - UK - TLR/Novarossi/AKA
2011: Robert Batlle - Spain - Mugen/Novarossi/ProCircuit
2010: Reno Savoya - France - Mugen/RB/Pro-Line

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