By Mike Garrison
Race Report from XRAY:
Race report by Alexander Hagberg
The 2018 European Championships in the 1/12 classes saw a record breaking turnout of 147 entries, split in modified and stock classes. The race was held at the permanent race facility of Racing Arena Limburg!
In the modified class, myself and Olly Jefferies set the pace already in practice, as we had our XRAY X12 cars handling pretty well right away. We went on to bring this pace into the qualifiers as well, as I would win 3, and Olly 2 of the 5 qualifiers. I was awarded the TQ position, having the tie break with the faster time from my Q2 run! A fantastic performance from the Swedish driver Markus Hellquist, saw him line up 5th on the grid for the finals - a result that he converted into a final 5th position as well after some great driving on the Sunday! Hupo Hönigl lined up 8th on the grid for XRAY after struggling slightly with his setup in the qualifiers.
A1 didn't go exactly to plan, as a screw fell out of my rear pod a few minutes in, causing my car to become undrivable, and I had to settle for a DNF in A1. With all screws fully tighetened down, the pressure was on for me to recover in the remaining two finals. I managed to win A2 and 3 from tone to tone with a very well handling car. The car handled well even when the grip levels decreased in the afternoon, and this definitely made my job easier in the finals. This meant that I won my 5th consecutive EFRA European title. I am extremely proud of this achivement! I couldn't be more thankful to XRAY for keeping on top with development of the increasingly popular X12 platform - I am happy to be a part of this project and it's success!
Modified final result:
- Alexander Hagberg - XRAY X12 2018
- Olly Jefferies - XRAY X12 2018
- Ollie Payne
- Michal Orlowski
- Markus Hellquist - XRAY X12 2018
- Alexandre Laurent
- Hupo Hönigl - XRAY X12 2018
- Mark Stiles
- Markus Mobers
- Adam Catchpole