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Race report by Patrick Fankhauser
The final showdown of Swiss nationals was held in Sitterdorf.

Overall results showed us that there were three pilots could take the title: My teammates Michael Schäfer and Traugott Schär chased by Maurice Lüscher. I knew the best I could reach was vice-champion.

The track had less grip than last year so we had some understeering to fight with. Traugott and Michael reached a good setting before qualifications started and solid with places 2 and 4. In superpole Traugott took the lead and set his second starting position for the A final. I was a bit disappointed with my 6th quali place.

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During the semi I still had a battle with my own car but could secure 4th spot for the A final, so there were five XRAY pilots in the final.

I knew I had to take the risk of another setup change for the final and so I raised rear roll center once again which gave me the thing I searched for, being 0.3s faster than before and being able to fight for the top.

Marco Rizzo, Traugott Schär, Maurice Lüscher and me could get much space and set some fast laps while Michael from P8 tried to get closer. After a technical KO Marco was way behind and Traugott made a small mistake which let him slip down to 3rd spot. I was able to attack Maurice and take the lead. After Maurice damaged his body in the pits, the gates were open for a full XRAY podium. At the end Traugott was pushing hard while I was saving tires so it went close again, but not close enough, so I could take the victory.

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Over all, Traugott became the Swiss Champion in front of me and Michael, congratulations!

The car worked perfect after the last changes, big thanks to my mechanics, pit crew Ariane and Kevin and T+M Models for the perfect suport the whole season!

Also a big THANK YOU to my girlfriend Sue for the perfect pictures.

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At 1/8, there were two RX8 in the final. Luca Martinelli set 3rd place, Michael Henzi 6th.
Final B, Martin Wenger got 2nd in front of Beat Heiniger on 4th.

Overall it was Micheal Henzi 3rd, Luca Martinelli 4th and Mattia Pesenti 6th, congratulations to all!

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Results Sitterdorf Run 5 1/10:
1. Patrick Fankhauser - XRAY NT1
2. Traugott Schär - XRAY NT1
3. Michael Schäfer - XRAY NT1

4. Roger Fasler
5. Emanuele Fonzar
6. Maurice Lüscher
7. Philipp Bühler - XRAY NT1
8. Marco Tanner
9. Ugur Cimen - XRAY NT1
10. Marco Rizzo

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Results Sitterdorf Run 5 1/8:
1. Simon Kurzbuch
2. Silvio Hächler
3. Luca Martinelli - XRAY RX8
4. Christophe Pethoud
5. Manuela Raso
6. Michael Henzi - XRAY RX8
7. Tobias Kerler
8. Christian Seiler
9. Christopher Biernat
10. Raphael Wicki

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Swiss Championship 2017 1/10
1. Schär Traugott - XRAY NT1
2. Fankhauser Patrick - XRAY NT1
3. Schäfer Michael - XRAY NT1


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Congratulations from XRAY to Traugott, Patrick and Michael for their 1-2-3. Thank you for your performance.

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