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Race report by Kaja Novotny
The fourth & final round of 1/8E&IC buggy Czech nationals took place last weekend in Kolin. Despite it had been raining from Monday untill Thursday, home club did absolutely amazing job and prepared the track for Saturday’s race.

As the track was still a bit wet and muddy I decided to skip practice to save the cars for the race. In 1/8E qualifications my Orion powered XB8E'16 took TQ in Q1&Q3, which meant overall TQ (skipped Q2 as there had been a small rain before the round). Young XRAY guns Max Gotzl and Milan Mudra finished 2nd&3rd! In 1/8IC my car was perfect, but tech. issues meant 7th place. Overall TQ went to Jiri Mara and Max in 2nd and Frantisek Kalenda in 3rd!

In 1/8E final I made a wrong choice with tyre pattern, but as the mud covered all the tyre after 1st minute, the choice didn’t ΄t really matter and my XB8E'16 took the win - 4 TQs & wins from 4 races!!! Milan Mudra finished 2nd and Max Gotzl 3rd - 3rd TOP 3 for XB8E'16!

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TOP 10:
1. Kaja Novotny (TQ) – XRAY XB8E
2. Milan Mudra – XRAY XB8E /1st in Junior class/
3. Max Gotzl – XRAY XB8E
4. Martin Rytir – XRAY XB8E

5. Vaclav Broz
6. Marek Ornst
7. Petr Tomasek (sen.)/1st in Senior class/
8. Michal Vanek – XRAY XB8E
9. David Maly – XRAY XB8E
10. Ales Bidovsky – XRAY XB8E

In 1/8IC my semifinal started really good, but few mistakes in the end meant I lined up as 5th to the final! In final Jiri Mara made a gap to the rest of the field, but faced some tech. issues towards the end of the run. Then I made my way to the lead, but made few mistakes in the end, which let XB8'16 of young Milan Mudra to take the win! I finished 2nd and Max Gotzl 3rd!

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TOP 10:
1. Milan Mudra – XRAY XB8 /1st in Junior class/
2. Kaja Novotny – XRAY XB8
3. Max Gotzl – XRAY XB8
4. Frantisek Kalenda – XRAY XB8
5. Jiri Benes – XRAY XB8 /1st in Senior class/

6. Petr Klatovsky
7. Karel Hajek
8. Michael Horak – XRAY XB8
9. Martin Rytir – XRAY XB8

10. Jiri Mara (TQ)

As this was the last race of the series, there was also the overall ceremony. In 1/8E my XB8E'16 took the title with young XRAY guns - Milan Mudra and Max Gotzl in 2nd&3rd!

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Overall TOP 3 1/8E:
1. Kaja Novotny - XRAY XB8E
2. Milan Mudra – XRAY XB8E
3. Max Gotzl – XRAY XB8E

In 1/8IC class Jiri Mara took back to back national title, congrats! Milan Mudra finished 2nd and I took the final podium spot!

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Overall TOP 3 1/8IC:
1. Jiri Mara
2. Milan Mudra – XRAY XB8
3. Kaja Novotny – XRAY XB8

In the end I want to thank my parents and all my sponsors for their support, thank you!!! XRAY, HUDY, Team Orion, Pro-Line, MKS, FX, Maxima, Hiro Seiko, HOECO, H-Speed, Dubidesign, DFcreative, Ruddog and KajaRCracing

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Junior national champion – Milan Mudra – XRAY XB8
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