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Race Report by Alexander Hagberg
The 2019 edition of the EFRA 1/12 scale European Championships was held at the world famous Hudy Arena, in Trencin, Slovakia. The race saw a strong field of more than 100 drivers from 15 different countries. Championship crowns were up for grabs in two classes – 6.5T Modified, and 13.5T blinky stock.

The race was held over 3 days. Practice started on Friday, and the track soon started to come in, with decent traction levels already. I was setting the early pace in Modified, and Michal Orlowski as well as Ollie Payne seemed to be the two strong forces in the stock class in practice.

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As qualifying started, I didn’t have a big advantage in pace anymore, as the first 3 rounds of qualifying were won by Jorn Neumann. Michal Orlowski also showed a strong early pace. After some setup changes and tuning of tire preparation and size, I was back on pace to take qualifier 4 and 5! The last round was a real thriller as it came down to just a few thousand of a second on the tie breaker, which eventually played in my favor, to award me the TQ spot! I was amazed to have turned things around and put my car on the TQ spot after qualifying! Markus Hellquist from Sweden had a very strong qualifying performance, putting his car on the 4th spot. Hupo Hönigl also made the A-final with his XRAY X12 in 7th!

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In the modified finals, I was able to secure my 6th consecutive European title after two straight A-final wins. Consistency was key on Sunday as I tried to keep my car “between the boards” for the duration of the finals. It worked out perfectly as my car worked flawlessly on Sunday. I am extremely proud of this win! Markus Hellquist came very close to a podium finish, but eventually would finish 4th – which is still a very strong result in this competitive A-final. Hupo Hönigl moved up to 5th overall! Which meant, that we had 3 XRAY X12 cars in the TOP 5!

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Modified Results
1. Alexander Hagberg – XRAY X12
2. Michal Orlowski
3. Markus Mobers

 
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