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Race report by Kaja Novotny
The third round of Czech nationals took place on nice track in Horni Jeleni. Local club did great job and prepared everything great, thank you! On Friday we had, as usual, free practice. We made couple of changes on both my XB8’16 and XB8E’16 and at the end of the day I was super happy with both cars.

In 1/8E qualifications my XB8E’16 worked flawless, but I made several mistakes in Q1&Q2. However fastest run of the class in Q3 meant that I took the overall TQ with Max Gotzl in 2nd and Ales Bidovsky in 3rd!

In 1/8IC qualifications every round had different winner, but my TQ time from Q1 was the fastest, which meant overall TQ! Max Gotzl finished 2nd and Jiri Mara 3rd.

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In 1/8E main final my Orion powered XB8E’16 on PL HoleShot X3 was dialled and quickly got away from the field & took the win! Max Gotzl & Ales Bidovsky completed the podium in 2nd & 3rd – TOP 3 for XB8E’16! Big congratulations to young Jakub Hybler, who made his first nationals final, nice run!

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TOP 13:
1. Kaja Novotny (TQ) – XRAY XB8E
2. Max Gotzl – XRAY XB8E/1st in Junior class/
3. Ales Bidovsky – XRAY XB8E
4. Milan Mudra – XRAY XB8E
5. Martin Rytir – XRAY XB8E

6. Marek Ornst
7. Jaroslav Valder – XRAY XB8E /1st in Senior class/
8. Antonin Hybler
9. David Maly – XRAY XB8E
10. Michal Patera – XRAY XB8E

11. Petr Tomasek
12. Jakub Hybler
13. Roman Pudich – XRAY XB8E

In 1/8IC final me & Jiri Mara fought for the lead at the beginning, but after about 20 minutes my FX powered XB8’16 was in the 1st position with almost a lap in front 2nd driver and won the race! However when the race was over and I came down the rostrum, my mechanics told me that the last 3 minutes my transponder counted every 2nd lap. After some discussions my overall position was 4th, which was a bit disappointing for me as I knew my package was perfect and deserved the win.

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TOP 13:
1. Jiri Mara
2. Max Gotzl – XRAY XB8 /1st in Junior class/
3. Milan Mudra – XRAY XB8
4. Kaja Novotny (TQ) – XRAY XB8

5. Karel Hajek /1st in Senior class/
6. Frantisek Kalenda – XRAY XB8
7. Martin Rytir – XRAY XB8
8. Jiri Benes – XRAY XB8

9. Petr Klatovsky
10. Jan Bilek
11. Jan Kapicka
12. Ondrej Kulhanek – XRAY XB8
13. Ales Bidovsky – XRAY XB8

In the end I want to say big thanks to my family and all my sponsors for their support! Also many thanks to all the people who confirmed my win to the referee and tried to help me, thank you!

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