An amazingly competitive round of finals that started off with the even final that was won by Steven Cuypers who managed to come home ahead of Serpent team mate Scotty Gray as both drivers were able to pass early leader Bruno Coelho who ran out of fuel at the half way mark. The young Portugese Mugen racer dominated the early half of the race and would have come out the clear winner had he not stopped. It was Cuypers however came out won easily at the end with a margin of 9 seconds from Gray who was being heavily pressured by Coelho at the end, with the pair finishing only 1 second apart.
In the 2nd 1/8th final, it was Paolo Morganti that came from nowhere after a terrible start and anaged to take the win by 2 seconds at the end of the 20 minute final. The 2nd position belonged to Carlos Peracho, the Spanish Shepherd racer inherited the lead after long time race leader Vincent Jackson ran out of fuel and even though he fought back and actually passed the eventaul 3rd place, it wasn’t enough for the young American and he ended up 3 tenths of a second behind 3rd place finisher Kazuya Yuruki. After the final however it was found that the fuel tank of Yuriki was too big and then Jackson, who would take his place, was also found to have his fuel tank to large and this allowed Takayoshi Tanaka to inherit the last bump up position.
1/8th Even Top 3
1. Steven Cuypers – 64 Laps 20:03.210
2. Scotty Gray – 64 Laps 20:12.234
3. Bruno Coelho – 64 Laps 20:13.584
1/8th Odd Top 3
1. Paolo Morganti – 63 Laps 20:04.648
2. Carlos Peracho – 63 Laps 20:06.753
5. Takayoshi Tanaka – 62 Laps 20:00.661
One big name racer to unfortunately be out already is Rick V, whose car didnt look on the pace and he retired at the half way point from a mid field position.
Racing is completed for the day and tomorrow will see the running of the quarters, semis and the all important 1 hour long main final, which at the end we will see who the new World Champion is.
Click here for the results from today (.txt) and here for the overall sorted results after todays finals (.xls).
We will be adding more pictures from today to our gallery so check back often.
The 1/16th finals are now complete and in the first even final it was French man, who is racing for Germany, Alain Levy that took the win. Leading away from his pole position spot Levy was never pressured and could easily win the race ahead of Agustin Cutini in 2nd, 1 lap behind. In the 3rd spot it was a Eduardo Dulac, while on the same lap as Cutini, he was 15 seconds back. The odd final saw a win for Japanese Mugen racer Takayoshi Tanaka, who managed to pass local Champion Juan Ignacio Matticoli, in the final minutes of the race after the Serpent racer had led for most of the 20 minutes and made a mistake. In 3rd, and the final bump position, was Gabriel Lacanna who was half a lap further back and will now take the final starting place in the 1/8th final.
1/16th Even Top 3
1. Alain Levy – 62 Laps 20:06.477
2. Agustin Cutini – 61 Laps 20:04.444
3. Eduardo Dulac – 61 Laps 20:19.730
1/16th Odd Top 3
1. Takayoshi Tanaka – 60 Laps 20:09.408
2. Juan Ignacio Matticoli – 60 Laps 20:12.609
3. Gabriel Lacanna – 59 Laps 20:01.082
The final round for today, the 1/8th finals are to be run next.
The 1/32nd finals are now complete, and in a fast even final it was Francisco Rinaldi that took the win by a lap after a fast starting Andy Ledgard from Peru ran into some problems. Rinaldi has now moved up through the 128th to the 1/64th and now the 1/32nd to take his place in the 1/16th final. In 2nd spot was Godoy Javier who was in turn a lap ahead of 3rd place finisher Fernando Eric Ruiz Ochoa, who had also bumped up from the previous final. In the Odd Final it was a strong performance by Renatio Paiva to take the win by 1 lap from Dutch driver Roelof Tooms in 2nd and Frans Van Der Merwe, from South Africa in 3rd, a further 2 laps back.
1/32nd Even Top 3
1. Francisco Rinaldi – 60 Laps 20:13.462
2. Godoy Javier – 59 Laps 20:08.706
3. Fernando Eric Ruiz Ochoa – 58 Laps 20:07.799
1/32nd Odd Top 3
1. Renato Paiva – 61 Laps 20:17.557
2. Roelof Tooms – 60 Laps 20:14.424
3. Frans Van Der Merwe – 58 Laps 20:09.o58
The 1/64th finals are just completed and in the even final it was a steady win for the Mugen driver Pablo Adrian Baudino, just ahead of Francisco Rinaldi in 2nd, who had moved up from the 1/128th, and will now progress into the 1/32nd final. The 3rd position went to final pole man Fernando Eric Ruiz Ochoa, another Mugen driver, who came home 4 laps back to secure his progression. In the odd final it was a win for the Shepherd racer Fabio Ferreo (above), he finished 8 seconds in front of pole man Davi Antunes who finished 2nd while 3rd spot and the final bump position belonged to Carlos Hernandez.
1/64th Even Top 3
1. Pablo Adrian Baudino – 56 Laps 20:23.697
2. Francisco Rinaldi – 55 Laps 20:07.227
3. Fernando Eric Ruiz Ochoa – 51 Laps 20:03.203
1/64th Odd Top 3
1. Fabio Ferreo – 57 Laps 20:19.030
2. Davi Antunes – 56 Laps 20:07.185
3. Carlos Hernandez – 54 Laps 20:02.799
There is a lunch break now and afterwards the racing will continue with the 1/32nd finals.
The rain is gone, the track is dry and the 1/128th finals are complete and it was a win in the even final for Daniel Tosso, 1 lap ahead of Martin Forms in 2nd and Francisco Rinaldi in 3rd. In the odd final it was a very easy win for Raul Alfageme who had a 7 lap advantage over Walter Siena in 2nd and Gabriel Funes a further 3 laps back.
128th Even Top 3
1. Daniel Tosso – 55 Laps 20:09.091
2. Martin Forms – 54 Laps 20:08.117
3. Francisco Rinaldi – 49 Laps 20:00.648
128th Odd Top 3
1. Raul Alfageme – 55 Laps 20:11.062
2. Walter Siena – 47Laps 20:04.151
3. Gabriel Funes – 44 Laps 19:26.923
With rain causing the cancellation of the 5th and 6th rounds of qualifying, its Massimo Fantini who will line up first for the 1 hour long main final on Saturday. We talked to the Serpent 960 driver, and owner of Max engines, and he is very confident going in to the final, “To be honest we were very confident because my team mate Fabio and Andrea went for testing on the track and said the car works very good and also the engine. We had a big advantage for the 5 minutes we had almost no problem to run the qualification without any additional refueling stop. I could push stronger in the heats and the car was good and the important thing is making no mistakes and i was able to make the top qualifier in all the rounds”. When asked about his chances for the final he said “we are checking our strategy and to be honest we are quite confident, the only thing is the final is very long and anything can happen, also the other competitors are strong, so i need to be cool and make no mistakes”. “I was already in the main final of a World Championship several times and what it is, is hardcore racing”.
The 7-time World Champion Lamberto Collari, racing for Kyosho, lines up in 2nd spot and despite ending up 3 seconds behind Max on pole position he was obviously very confident going into tomorrows final, “Its difficult to know now what will happen. The 2nd position means I can do a good final and I am positive because I had one of the best qualifying times”. Asked if he feels he could have snatched the pole position if the final 2 rounds of qualifying had been run he was “I think for sure the track should have the possibility to be better and I could have done a better time, the reality is different”.
French racer, and former World Champion, Adrien Bertin was very satisfied to make it directly into the final in 3rd position, the Kyosho race stated that “yes, I am really happy because it is now 10 years that I am taking part in the final of Worlds and for me it was very good because in the beginning with preperation (being limited) due the engine matters I am very satisfied and I would like to thank my sponsors and also the Picco company who support me, and hope to bring back a good result tomorrow”.
Last of the top 4 racers and first of the American runners, Chris Tosolini is in confident form ahead of the main final and despite not making 34 like he wished, he said “Yeah, I’m happy, I was a little worried if we didnt get the rain that someone could bump me out. I rebuilt the car for the final round of qualifying and found a few mistakes in the car so I think I can do 34. I wanted to make top 4 so I didnt have to have any trouble in the semi thats the most important”. When asked whether he was confident of his chances for the final he said yes, “as long as I’ve been racing I’ve been confident and having a perfect hour, and I dont get too nervous so I just want to have a perfect hour at a good fast pace and we’ll see. As long as we have no problems we have a good chance”.
Todays lower finals are just about to begin on a now dry track, and the organisers have put sugar water down to help bring up traction. We will bring you the results as we get them
You can view the sorted finals listing here (.xls).