By Aaron Waldron
Though ROAR has sanctioned a national championship in the U.S. for the electric 1/8-scale buggy class since 2010, the class took a few more years to gain a solid foothold across the pond. The first official EFRA European Championship for the class was held last weekend at WMW RC-Buggy Racing Center in Fehring, Austria, with many of the continent’s top off-road racers in attendance for a chance to win the title.
Top qualifier Robert Batlle won the final ahead of David Ronnefalk and Jörn Neumann, while fellow LRP-powered Mugen Seiki driver Davide Ongaro finished fourth - earning the Junior title.
- Robert Batlle - Mugen Seiki/LRP
- David Ronnefalk - HB
- Jörn Neumann - Serpent
- Davide Ongaro - Mugen Seiki/LRP
- Jürgen Trieb - Muten Seiki
- Martin Bayer - XRAY
- Martin Wollanka - XRAY/LRP
- Hupo Hönigl - Serpent
- Jérôme Sartel - TLR
- Joseph Quagraine - JQ Racing/LRP
- David Hassel - Kyosho
- Andreas Scharinger - Kyosho
Batlle posted the following to Facebook regarding the win:
"Yes! 1/8 Ebuggy Euro Champions! Super happy about the weekend, the whole package worked awesome! I would like to thank all my sponsors and especially LRP for helping me with the electronics all weekend!"
Photos courtesy of LRP America (via Facebook)