Next Monday sees the start of the 5th running of the 1/10th scale 200mm EFRA European Championships, and this year the event takes place on the ARCA circuit in Madrid, Spain. This track has already played host to the well attended but rain affected Spanish EFRA GP earlier this year, and on that occasion it was Team Magic driver Darren Johnson that took the overall win. Since that race a lot of teams have gone back to the track for further testing, hoping for some dry weather running to help fine tune their cars setup and gain valuable track time prior to next weeks event.
So who are the favourites to win in Spain? Well as with previous European Championships there will be a quality field of drivers and cars at the event with a lot of potential event winners amongst them. Beginning with current European Champion Dario Balestri, the Team Magic driver who won last year in Holland is out to defend the title and along with his team mate Darren Johnson who finished 3rd in last years Euros, should both be battling for the win. Serpent have a number of drivers in with a shout at the title, beginning with 2003 and 2004 European Champion Michael Salven as well as 2 time runner up Mark Green and top Spanish racer Oscar Cabezas. Mugen will be present with Teemu Saarinen, who along with Rick V. should prove to be the quickest racers at the event with the MTX while Kyosho come to the event with a large amount of top French talent, including Arnaldi, Wartelle and 2004 World Champion Adrien Bertin as well as the always fast Tironi from Italy. The largest team of top drivers and the greatest unknown will probably be the Xray team who are making their big time debut with the NT1 and they are coming with the big guns including Groskamp, Leino, Walti, Peracho, Pietsch and many more all in with a chance to make the final.
Racing begins Monday the 13th of August and our reporter Oisin O’Briain will be uploading photos and bringing multiple daily reports from the event, which can be all seen on events.redrc.net