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Davide Ongaro TQ’s EURO Contest ’17

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Rocking the white ‘spray can’ body on his Team Associated buggy didn’t do any harm to Davide Ongaro’s qualifying speed as the Italian star swept to TQ at this year’s EURO Contest in Barco, Italy. High on confidence after his career-shifting win at Neo this year, Ongaro TQ’d rounds 1 and 3, with 2/4 counting only Riccardo Berton could threaten him in Q4. That threat evaporated quickly as practice pacesetter Berton saw his hopes dashed as a wheel nut came loose early on during his run, relegating him to a throwout round in Q4 and adding further insult to injury as Alex Zanchettin would TQ the round and demote Berton to 3rd overall tied on points.

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With the track swept and sugared overnight, the times in Q1 were significantly quicker than the rest of the day, despite temperatures rising, the dusty conditions saw drivers scrabbling to test all matter of tyres to find more grip, the likes of AKA’s infamous Moto tyre and Pro-Line’s Badlands were seen on pit tables across the paddock.

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In P4 Marco Baruffolo, last year’s winner missing out on Q4 after a receiver battery issue, in 5th a mighty impressive showing from JQ driver Leonardo Valente, the young Italian should be pleased and proud, one place ahead of the Mugens of Robert Batlle and Marco Natale. TLR’s Alessandro Stocco in 8th, 9th Alessandro Castoldi ahead of the ol’ Bergonzoni (some may have to google that) buggy of Mirko Bianchi in P10. P11 infront of JQ was Marco Orlando, whilst Andrea Trevisan leads Radiosistemi’s Riccardo Rabitti.

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In the E-Buggy class it was Ongaro and Berton who would share the opening round TQs only for Marco Baruffolo to step in and TQ Q3 and Q4 on the trot, Luca Iotti TQ’ing the F2 Open class.

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Another warm, blazingly sunny day here in Barco, ending with the traditional Apperitivo / cocktail party enjoyed by all. A day filled with smiles, sunburns, one drone crash (= Phil in tears), waterfights and great hospitality.

Qualifying Overalls: F1 Pro | F2 Open | E-Buggy

Video: Day 2 Euro Contest walkabout

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Phil gets excited by rubbish, ‘special’ Italian flavours of Ice cream, chats to Scott Walker makes a bet with JQ and a wet Riccardo Berton

Under the Hood: Robert Batlle

Robert Batlle – Spain

  • Chassis: Mugen Seiki MBX7R
  • Engine: Picco V1
  • Fuel: Runner Time
  • Tyres: AKA
  • Radio & Servos: Ko Propo & Highest D1000 servos
  • Body & Wing: Bittydesign body & AE wing
  • Event: EURO Contest 2017 

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Under the Hood: Alex Zanchettin

Alex Zanchettin – Italy

  • Chassis: Tekno NB48.4
  • Engine: O.S Speed B2102
  • Fuel: MLC 25%
  • Tyres: Pro-Line 
  • Radio & Servos: KO RSX3 Power servos
  • Body & Wing: Stock body & wing
  • Event: EURO Contest 2017

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Riccardo Berton practice pacesetter at EURO Contest

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Kyosho’s Riccardo Berton set the pace during free practice at the EURO Contest in Barco, Italy – an event known best for it’s atmosphere and fun also delivered on track as drivers put down some serious rubber.

Standings after Practice: F1 | F2 | E-Buggy

With Berton setting the pace, 6/10ths infront over 3 laps ahead of four rounds of qualifying on Saturday, it was left to Davide Ongaro to seed 2nd, best of the rest, himself 2/10ths ahead of Alex Zanchettin and last year’s Champion Marco Baruffolo in 4th with Riccardo Rabitti 5th rocking Radiosistemi’s exotically named Carrara Z9 – we half expect it to have ‘styled by Pininfarina’ down the side given we’re in Ferrari country!

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There’s no mistaking that the home drivers have raced here before, but are also pretty handy with the ‘Azzuri’ occupying the first 11 spots, ol’ designer/driver/gypsy king JQ the first non Italo, just infront of Max-Throttle Johansson. Robert Batlle sitting a slightly lowly 15th, having not raced at Barco before (ever?) the burgundy-styled (see our walkabout video) Spaniard seems happy and will surely do what he always does, climb the ranks and crescendo towards the final.

Don’t miss our Walkabout Video!

A scorching day here at EURO Contest day 1, temps hitting around 36c, thankfully always a party atmosphere and smiles all round with food, drinks and beer flowing.

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Video: EURO Contest Walkabout & Laps


Under the Hood: Marco Baruffolo

Marco Baruffolo – Italy

  • Chassis: TLR 8ight 4.0
  • Engine: Picco V1 Team DLC CER
  • Fuel: Runner Time
  • Tyres: Hot Race Tyres
  • Radio & Servos: KO EX2 | KO RSX3 Power servos
  • Body & Wing: Body stock & JConcepts Hybrid Lexan wing
  • Event: EURO Contest 2017 – Barco, Italy

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EURO Contest is Go Go Go

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Mid June might be holiday (vacation for our American friends) time for some, attending Bittydesign’s signature race event at the fabulous Barco track in Italy one might be mistaken for thinking you were on a weekend trip in Tuscany, with good food, drinks flowing and a bit of nitro offroad thrown in for good measure.

Once again NeoBuggy has made the annual pilgrimage to one of our favourite events of the calendar – the EURO Contest. With increased participation and interest year after year, it has long (and deservedly) overshadowed more established events, a combination of great track, location, weather, food, music and atmosphere the key… even enough to lure a few die-hard Kyosho drivers away from the over-celebrated Kyosho Masters on the same weekend.

Further endorsing the EURO Contest’s growing popularity is the arrival of the Spanish Armada – in the form of Robert Batlle & Juan-Carlos ‘Next big thing’ Canas, the pair join long-term attendees like Neo Champ Davide Ongaro, Ricky Berton, Alex Zanchettin, JQ and last year’s Champ Marco Baruffolo.

Despite some crazy downpours before the event, it looks like its going to be a scorching weekend here in Italy

Stay tuned for coverage throughout the weekend.

 2014 EURO Contest

2017 EURO Contest Schedule:

Friday 16th: Free Practice
Saturday 17th: Qualifying, high finals
Sunday 18th: Main events, LCQ, Final

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