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Race Report by Max Gotzl
The last two rounds of the 2019 1/8 Czech Nationals took a place last weekend on my home track in Horni Jeleni.

Round 4
We started with practice on Friday, track was very dusty a not very high grip, so I adjusted a little bit on the setup, but mainly chose the right tires for that condition. Overnight some small rain came, which caused, that the track was wet for the morning runs. I stayed with the same tires as Friday and everything was working great! I started the qualifying with TQ with both, Nitro and E buggy, which was followed by another two double TQs in Q2 and Q3. Ales Bidovsky lined up 2nd and Jiri Mara 3rd in Nitro and in E buggy it was Ales 2nd and Marek Schiller 3rd.

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The finals started normal, the Semi B had a clear run and I was able to win A1 of E buggy, but after that, when we ran our Semi A, the rain came during the race. This led to slower times for us, but I still tried to push as much as I could. After we finished the Semi, the rain got even heavier, so after some time waiting, the race was cancelled.

The E buggy results were taken from qualies, as we didn’t run the second leg of finals, so I took the win in front of Ales and Marek.

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1/8 E Buggy Results
1. Gotzl Max – XRAY XB8E
2. Bidovsky Ales
3. Schiller Marek

As we ran both Semis, the Nitro results were taken from that, which meant I finished 2nd behind Ales, who was in the Semi B, and Tomas Kapicka would finish 3rd.

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1/8 IC Buggy Results
1. Bidovsky Ales
2. Gotzl Max – XRAY XB8
3. Kapicka Tomas

Round 5
The rain on Saturday stopped in the evening, so on the Sunday morning the track was still pretty wet. We all decided to wait and let it dry, after an hour my dad put some more sawdust on the track, and we ran the Q1 on almost a dry track, in some parts at least. The E buggy qualifying didn’t go well for me as I was making some stupid mistakes in Q1 and Q2, which allowed Ales to take the overall TQ, I won the Q3 so I was starting 2nd on the grid and Marek again 3rd. With Nitro it was me on the top after Q1 and Q2, so I decided to try different tires for the Q3, which actually worked very well, so I decided to stay with them for the rest of the race in both classes. Ales was again 2nd and Jiri 3rd.

I was able to take the lead from Ales in A1 and A2 of E buggy and led both finals to the end to take the overall win! The podium was going to be decided in the A3 and as Ales didn’t finish because of some technical problem, Marek took A3 as well as the 2nd spot on the podium, Ales finished 3rd.

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1/8 E Buggy Results
1. Gotzl Max – XRAY XB8E
2. Schiller Marek
3. Bidovsky Ales

This time with Nitro we had the same conditions in both Semis, and I was able to make the fastest time to start on pole for the 45min main final. Ales lined up 2nd behind me and Jiri 3rd. The start of the main was pretty good for me and after the 2nd lap I was able to make very comfortable lead. I put a flawless run in the main with still doing fast laps and took the overall win with a huge gap, in front of Jiri 2nd and Ales 3rd. There were many technical problems across the whole field, as many drivers flamed out, but my equipment didn’t fail as always, which allowed me to have a great and not stressed main!

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1/8 IC Buggy Results
1. Gotzl Max – XRAY XB8
2. Mara Jiri
3. Bidovsky Ales

As we couldn’t find a date for the one race which wasn’t able to be done beacuse of rain, we decided to cancel that one, so we had only 5 races with one not counting. I became the double Czech National Champion as well as the Junior champion in both classes! Marek Schiller is the Vice champion and Ales 3rd in E buggy, and Jiri Mara 2nd and Ales 3rd with Nitro.

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1/8 IC Buggy Championship Results
1. Gotzl Max – XRAY XB8
2. Mara Jiri
3. Bidovsky Ales

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1/8 E Buggy Championship Results
1. Gotzl Max – XRAY XB8E
2. Schiller Marek
3. Bidovsky Ales

Both my cars were working awesome through the whole season, and also now they didn’t disappoint me! The setups are already on the Xray forum! Big thanks to all my sponsors for making this possible and of course also to my parents for everything!

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