Having thrown away any chance of a TQ at the first corner in the opening round of qualifying Team Kyosho Elliot Boots bounced back in style in Q2 to set a new fastest time by 2 seconds over Durango Joern Neumann. Afterwards Boots said that having fitted a brand new set of super soft AKA Enduros for the second heat he had to run a few aggressive laps to scrub the edges of the tires and this is why this is why his buggy looked terrible but once the heat started the buggy felt really good.
Having discovered a problem with his throttle pot on his radio transmitter that was creating its own exponential, Neumann ran the second heat with a Sanwa M11 borrowed from top Austrian racer Peter Pinisch. Neumann own radio is 2 years old but as his mechanic this weekend Hupo Honigl pointed out the German has one of the busiest off road racing programmes of any driver and so the dust & dirt is going to take its toll on the radio. Neumann said he has Sanwa new M12 radio but did not bring it as he said he hasn’t yet had time to practice with the new unit.
Ronnefalk finally managed a clean run but like Boots he too had issues with traffic. The 16 year old lost some time with the traffic but said he didn’t want to take any unnecessary risks of getting caught up in the slower cars. Running the same set of AKA Enduro tires from Q1
Robert Batlle was fourth fastest. With the top drivers spread over five heats rather than the top 12 from controlled practice being in the top heat, the Spaniard was also delayed by traffic including a coming together with fellow Mugen team driver Daniel Reckward. In the end a mistake on the last corner of the last lap cost him about a second and a chance of a potential second fastest time for the round.
Team Losi Racing could only manage 5th fastest with Miguel Matias. The Portuguese driver said his RB powered 8ight was very consistent but running wide on one of the fast corners, something he described as a big mistake at this level of racing.
Completing the top 6 was Joseph Quagraine. The Finn said after the run former World Champion Mark Pavidis, whose AKA brand sponsor his tires, asked him what was wrong as that was the first time in about four years he had seen the JQ Products founder drive with such aggression!
1. Elliot Boots (GB) – Kyosho/Novarossi – 9/5:27.667
2. Jörn Neumann (DE) – Durango/Picco – 9/5:29.714
3. David Ronnefalk (SE) – Kyosho/Orion – 9/5:30.557