The cars took to the track in warm and sunny conditions for the 1/4 finals and in the even final, run first, it was Andrea Cristiani that came out on top after dropping back to 4th at the start, he got his head down and went into the lead a few laps later. Steven Cuypers was an innocent victim in a collision that included Keisuke Fukuda, the Japanese racer continued but Cuypers was out before the first lap was over. Young Portugese driver, Bruno Coelho, who had moved up from yesterdays 1/8th final has now moved up into the semi finals, a solid drive meant that he followed Cristiaini home only 7 seconds back. The final bump up spot went to Keisuke Fukuda who had worked his way up from last at the start to 4th with just 2 minutes to go when Scotty Gray, who held the 3rd spot, had to go in for a final stop dropping him down to 5th behind another Japanese racer Ken Furukawa.
1/4th Odd final Top 3
1. Andrea Cristiani – 64 Laps in 20:02.113
2. Bruno Coelho – 64 Laps in 2009.382
3. Keisuke Fukuda – 63 Laps in 20:03.628
Finals day has arrived and the sun is out, the organisers are cleaning and prepping the track, and with all the quick drivers coming to the track to get their cars ready for the last 5 races of the event, it’s shaping up to be a great day. First up today, at 10am local time, we have the quarter finals which sees the winners from yesterdays 1/8th final try to move up again into the semi finals. In between the quarter and the semi finals we will have practice for the top 4 qualifiers and then the semi finals will be run to determine the final 6 that will join the top 4 direct qualifiers to battle it out for the World title. As with yesterday we will bring you a report after the 2 quarters and then after each semi and during the final we hope to keep the a post updated with up to the moment happenings on track. Stay tuned.
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.
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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.