Round 5 of the Cyprus off-road championship was held in Larnaca at the redesigned MaxxTraxx track. The track has a new layout with much tighter turns, a longer straight, and some nice touches here and there. Approximately 30 drivers attended the race, which went very smoothly.
Qualifying went better than I thought it would. I tried different tires during the practice section to see what suited the new track the best, and I also changed to thicker shock oil all around for qualifying. I TQ’d, my brother Nicolas Christoforou qualified 5th, George Souglis and Christodoulos Souglis qualified 6th and 8th respectively, all with XRAY XB808 buggies.
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In the A final the weather changed and a light rain started minutes before the race but fortunately it stopped right after the race started. I led the first few laps while Nicolas had a crash at corner 2 and lost positions. While enjoying a 10-second lead and after the first pitstops, my engine flamed out and dropped me to 3rd place 25sec behind the leader. Nicolas managed to regain his position and was 5th at that moment. I picked up the pace and managed to reach the leaders and pass into the lead. Two minutes before the end of the final I was safe with a 20-second lead when a second flame-out put me just 3 seconds ahead of the 2nd place car! I remained calm for the remaining 2 laps and took the win!! George Souglis finished in 6th place, Nicolas with 3 unexpected flame-outs that day finished in 7th place, and Christodoulos Souglis finished in 8th place.
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Buggy A main results:
1. Christos Christoforou XRAY XB808
2. Panayiotis Sevastidis
3. Neophytos Neophytou
4. Marios Kofteros
5. Stelios Aristodimou 6. George Souglis XRAY XB808
7. Nicolas Christoforou XRAY XB808
8. Christodoulos Souglis XRAY XB808
9. Andreas Ioakim
10. Aris Papasavvas
In the B final there were four XRAY XB808 buggies which ended up in the top 4 positions.