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The International Friendship Race was the first race in 2007 and was held in Vienna on January 5–7. Team XRAY was at this race as usual, with team drivers Martin and Juraj Hudy plus Team XRAY Austria, Czech Republic, and Slovakia. This time there were not as many drivers as last year, with only 55 drivers were representing Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Hungary. The race was made from two categories: Modified and Stock.

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Open practice started on Friday morning, however due to testing of NT1 we arrived on Saturday morning. The fastest drivers in open practice were XRAY Czech guys Jiri Janousek and Vaclav Strupek.

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Qualifiers were held on Saturday and continued Sunday morning. The two best times were counted together out of six qualifiers rounds. Because of the absence of open practice for us on Friday, at the beginning I was a little slower than the rest of the field but 4 practices on Saturday were enough for starting qualifier set up. The traction was very low; however I started with both one-ways. After 2 rounds I decided to use a solid axle because car was very difficult to drive in the 180° corner after the straightaway.

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Thanks to the Multi-Diff™ I was able to change the one-way to a solid axle very quickly without any time stress. Although the car was much better and I started to be fastest, I was not completely satisfied because car did not have enough traction and therefore was difficult to drive. Well, thanks to XRAY’s fantastic Multi-Flex Technology™ , I was able to make the car softer by quickly removing some screws; finally I had a good set up. Qualifiers went very well for me, and I won almost all rounds. Team XRAY was very strong with 8 cars out of 10 being T2’007 machines.

1. Martin Hudy XRAY
2. Markus Eder
3. Vaclav Strupek XRAY
4. Jiri Janousek XRAY
5. Michael Kramer XRAY
6. Tomas Liptak XRAY
7. Mario Sowka XRAY

8. Raiki Balint
9. Toni Eder XRAY
10. Juraj Hudy XRAY

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The finals were very good for me and I won the first and second rounds. Vaclav Strupek was very fast in the finals and put a lot of pressure on Markus Eder who was starting from 2nd place. By the end it was Vaclav who finished 2nd thanks to winning the last final where he lead from the beginning.

1. Martin Hudy XRAY
2. Vaclav Strupek XRAY

3. Markus Eder
4. Michael Kramer XRAY
5. Tomas Liptak XRAY
6. Mario Sowka XRAY

7. Raiki Balint
8. Toni Eder XRAY
9. Juraj Hudy XRAY
10. Jiri Janousek XRAY

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