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Race report by Mattia Pesenti
Round 1 of the Swiss Nationals was held last weekend at the track of Sitterdorf, hosted by the Modell Rennsport Club St. Gallen. The weather forecast wasn’t good so I prepared all the stuff for rain – air filters, engine, tyres, etc.

We arrived at the track on Friday morning and it was cloudy and cold but no rain so we could test the car. My father and I worked a lot on the set-up with the help of Traugott Schär. The track had really low grip on Friday and we had to find the right set-up in order to have enough grip and steering.

At the end of the day the car was good and quite easy to drive but the track wasn’t so good.

Saturday was another very cloudy and cold day and the car was really good! In the first three runs I managed to be in the Top 5. In the last run the track was better and the car was really good, but after the start my engine stopped so I finished the qualifying rounds in 5th position.

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EXPERT 1/8 Top 5 after qualifying:
1. Hächler Silvio
2. Müller Marco
3. Kurzbuch Simon
4. Martinelli Luca
5. Pesenti Mattia XRAY RX8 2012

In the 1/10th class, Schär Traugott and Kuriger Sandro were fighting for TQ. Traugott was really fast but at the end Kuriger got the TQ.

1/10 Top 5 after qualifying:
1. Kuriger Sandro
2. Schär Traugott XRAY NT1’12
3. Lehnerr Christian XRAY NT1’12

4. Lechner Klaus
5. Scheidegger Silvio

Unfortunately, on Sunday the rain came and so in the morning my father and I prepared the car for rain conditions. Air filter, engine, electronics… and we locked the car in 2nd gear in order to more easily manage the acceleration. During the semi-final I mounted an old set of Kissling Rain Tires and they weren’t so good, with no grip and steering, but I finished 5th so I qualified for the final.

For the final I mounted a new set of Kissling Rain Tires and the car was really good. I started from 9th position but after 3 laps I was already in the Top 5. Pethoud Christophe and Henzi Thomas were setting the pace ahead of me and Hächler Silvio. Pethoud had a problem and he slipped down to 4th position and also Henzi had some engine problems so I took the lead at 10mins to the end.

My tires weren’t so good at the end so Pethoud and Hächler were pushing really hard. Pethoud was right behind me at 2mins to the end, but he had an engine stoppage. But it wasn’t finished yet and Hächler was pushing hard. In the last 2 laps you could hear my father and Hächler’s father… “PUSH SILVIO!!!! MATTIA CALM…NO MISTAKES!!” I won the race with less than a 1second gap! WHAT A RACE!!!

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EXPERT 1/8 Top 5 Final:
1. Pesenti Mattia XRAY RX8 2012
2. Hächler Silvio
3. Henzi Thomas
4. Pethoud Christophe
5. Nydegger Jürg

In the 1/10 class Schär Traugott with his NT1 dominated the final, leading from beginning to end.

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1/10 Top5 Final:
1. Schär Traugott XRAY NT1’12
2. Lehnerr Christian XRAY NT1’12

3. Lechner Klaus
4. Cimen Ugur
5. Mucnjak Dominik

A very good race for XRAY Switzerland!!

I want to thank my father Sergio and Traugott Schär for helping me and also all my sponsors, XRAY, NOVAROSSI and T&M MODELS.