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Under the Hood: Davide Ongaro

Davide Ongaro – Italy

Whilst attending the Nordic Contest in Sweden, we shot recent Neo Race winner Davide Ongaro‘s Associated car, take a look under the hood.

  • Chassis: Team Associated RC8B3.1
  • Engine: LRP ZZ.21C Ceramic Long Stroke
  • Fuel: Runner Time
  • Tyres: AKA
  • Radio & Servos: Sanwa, Futaba servos
  • Body & Wing: Bittydesign Force, stock
  • Event: 2017 Nordic Contest, Eskilstuna Sweden
  • Note: Full FastRace options.

   

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Video: Nordic Contest E-Buggy A3

Ronnefalk takes Nordic Contest E-Buggy title

The reigning 1/8 Nitro buggy World Champion was made to work for it in the E-Buggy class, as despite starting from pole he missed out on the win in the first of the three-legged A finals, Davide Ongaro taking A1 on Saturday evening. Ronnefalk would bounce back in A2 as he led from tone to flag, an impressive performance setting up for a decider in A3 which he would go on to win as well with Ongaro claiming 2nd, Juan Carlos Canas would take 3rd overall.

Final Results

 

Elliott Boots Wins Nordic Contest

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Elliott Boots has taken the victory or rather survived the Nordic Contest as finalists battled their way round the broken up track at Eskilstuna, Sweden – the reigning European Champion denying home-nation favourite & polesitter David Ronnefalk from a popular victory.

In truth Boots’ car looked good all through the event, and despite an early scare in the super pole final he was out front for much of the final. Ronnefalk will be disappointed with a 2nd place finish, although given his pitlane start due to a glowplug going bad he might have taken that at the start of the final, a nightmare start as he had to work his way through the pack eventually edging his way into a 2nd place some 10 secs behind the leader Boots.

Ronnefalk was gifted a comeback as a couple of very shaky laps saw Boots lose all of his lead to the Swede, the Brit finding it impossible to find his rhytm in one of the jump sections – to be fair the calibre of drivers struggling to get round at this level is testament to how tough the conditions were out there.

Twice Ronnefalk and Boots would come into the pits with mechanics Henrik Nilsson and Fredrick Cederberg doing the jump a little faster than veteran Mike Cradock and getting the HB buggy out infront of the Kyosho, like an irate wasp Boots applied the pressure and mostly due to mistakes Boots retook the lead, the final in the latter half ebbed and flowed, looking like it was Boots’ to lose if he made a mistake, Ronnefalk’s car looking the harder to drive out of the two.

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Ronnefalk on pole for Nordic Contest Final

After a difficult semi final where the incumbent world Champion was last at one stage he managed to rescue it with a lap good enough for P1 in the final after the exhibition superpole event. Drama came right at the start as Elliott Boots’ car ground to a halt even before the first corner, he would make it out however and set about making the cut during the first 5mins as the bottom 5 were cut – imagine F1 qualifying style. Also drama at the end as Davide Ongaro came within a hair’s margin of taking pole, getting him P2 for the main, the top 4 ‘main challengers’ starting up front.

Starting grid for the final

1 David Ronnefalk SWE
2 Davide Ongaro ITA
3 Elliott Boots GBR
4 Robert Batlle Sanchez ESP
5 João Figueiredo PRT
6 Baruffolo Marco ITA
7 Joseph Quagraine FIN
8 Darren Bloomfield GBR
9 Oscar Baldo ESP
10 Lee Martin GBR
11 Yannick Aigoin FRA
12 Riccardo Rabitti ITA
13 Jessica Pålsson SWE
14 Rayan Medjoubi FRA
15 Alex Zanchettin ITA

 

Video: E-Buggy A2, Nordic Contest

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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 & FastRace options
  • Event: 2017 Nordic Contest, Eskilstuna Sweden

  

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Ongaro clinches Nordic Contest TQ

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Brimming with confidence after his celebrated win at Neo, Davide Ongaro continued the form by taking TQ at the Bittydesign Nordic Contest here in Eskilstuna, Sweden. Ongaro had a difficult opening round but followed it up with a stunning Q2 and backing up his intentions with a strong end to qualifying. Fastest in practice Elliott Boots opened up qualifying with a TQ whilst the standout name in the top is undoubtedly Joao ‘Litos’ Figueiredo with three consistent rounds on a track that is really separating drivers who can get round the deep bumps and ruts developing.

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Home favourite David Ronnefalk had his best run in Q1 but hasn’t managed to find the same consistency as his e-buggy runs where he TQ’d. In 5th Robert Batlle leading Infinity driver Lee Martin who finally settled on running the HB buggy we understand, infront of Alex Zanchettin and JQ’s new top driver Max ‘my throttle’s stuck open‘ Johansson putting in an impressive quali showing given the track’s unforgiving characteristics. 

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