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Race report by A. Pires Preto click to enlarge
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The second round of the Portuguese Xray Challenge Touring Portugal, took place in the Track of Sintra on the 9th of April. The relaxed mood in which this competition takes place, makes the racers feel very satisfied at the end of the day. Not that there isn't competion, on the contrary, it is fierce and the fastest drivers took the top spots.

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Rodrigo Ferreira
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However, the spirit of helping each other is always present and this helps the least experienced racers a lot.

Rodrigo Ferreira took the top spot again this time followed by David Lopes (now with a FK04) and António Pires Preto on the premiere of his T1FK05.

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A. Pires Preto
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Since the first qualifier A. Pires Preto had his car perfectly dialed. With a setup made at the track based on the box stock setup he made a perfect qualifier with 21 laps in 7:04. The 22 lap mark was not very far and in fact it was reached by the 3rd qualifier. Davis Lopes and Rodrigo Ferreira were very fast too and Luis Fidalgo on his first entry took the best lap of the qualifiers and ended in 3rd with his FK05.

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The T1FK05 was the car to beat with 4 on the top of the qualification rounds.

A. Pires Preto Xray T1FK05
Rodrigo Ferreira Xray T1FK05
Luis Fidalgo Xray T1FK05
António Saramago Xray T1FK05
David Lopes Xray T1FK04
Fernando Sanchez Xray T1EVO2
Nuno Bastos Xray T1FK05
José Soares Xray T1EVO2
Filipa Coutinho Xray T1T1R

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Filipa Coutinho
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The second Pole Position of the series again to the same driver but now with a different car.

After lunch the trend would be the same. With equal motors the difference is in the details. The driving plays a very important role in the final result.

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David Lopes
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The usual pile of cars on the first curve happened as usual. In this track the first curve is a very difficult 180º and the drivers from the back of the grid arrive at the curve at a very high speed. To avoid crashing one has to be very careful and, as usual this was not the case. After all there's no difference in motors and everyone wants to be the first.

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Nuno Bastos
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Rodrigo Ferreira e David Lopes came out in front and António Pires Preto lost a lot of time due to being caught from behind. His body was stuck on the rear wheel and he lost almost 15 seconds.

The fight was between the first two with Luis Fidalgo close behind. Coming from the last position A. Pires Preto made the impossible to reach the first 3, but it was an impossible task. He took 4th place on the first final

Rodrigo Ferreira
David Lopes
Luis Fidalgo
A. Pires Preto
António Saramago
Fernando Sanchez
José Soares
Filipa Coutinho
Nuno Bastos

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Luis Fidalgo
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The second final was very similar with the first two getting the same spots. A. Pires Preto had to pull off on the 8th lap due to a problem leaving the top top spots of the race already decided.

Rodrigo Ferreira
David Lopes
Fernando Sanchez
Luis Fidalgo
António Saramago
José Soares
Nuno Bastos
Filipa Coutinho
A. Pires Preto

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Rodrigo Ferreira
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The third final would be a confirmation of what we had seen during the day with the fastest 3, R. ferreira, D. Lopes and A. Pires Preto taking top honours.

However with no problems during the run A. Pires Preto soon took the lead never to loose it and setting the best lap of the day.

On this final an error in starting the timing system made all the drivers dumpo their packs before the bell. The last lap was a slow crawl of 7 of the 9 drivers. The last lap of the winner was made in a record time of 1:08.26!

A. Pires Preto
David Lopes
Luis Fidalgo
Rodrigo Ferreira
Fernando Sanchez
António Saramago
José Soares
Filipa Coutinho
Nuno Bastos

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top 3
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Rodrigo Ferreira took the final victory again and he's in front of the general standings. David Lopes is becoming more effective with his Xray in every round. António Pires preto and Luis Fidalgo are also major players in the final victory.

Final Positions

Rodrigo Ferreira
David Lopes
A. Pires Preto
Luis Fidalgo
Fernando Sanchez
António Saramago
José Soares
Nuno Bastos
Filipa Coutinho

We would like to thank the club that provided the track for the event (Clube de Radionodelismo de Oeiras).