Belgian Nationals R3

XRAY – Race report by Stephane Roufosse
The weather was hot and dry and the track was also very small so I had to use very short drive ratio(16/21 60/54) at the track. In T1 qualification, Renaux J. (XRAY) took 2nd place, Sanza J. (XRAY) took 3rd and Lambrecht S. (XRAY) took 4th. Yerna H. (XRAY) won the semi-final. I had an engine stopped (unfortunately in front of the pits) in the semi-final so I took 3rd place.

In the T1 final, the problem of the extreme abrasiveness of the track meant that tyre choose was very important. I started the final in 7th place with front 40 (62.5) and rear 42 (64.5) and ride height of front 6.5 and rear 8mm. I ran the entire final not at my usual 100% fast driving, just so I could save my tyres.

Yerna H. took over 1st place for the first 5 minutes with a very fast car, but then he had body problems. Jerome R. had a motor problem and lost a lot of time in the pits (I think he was the fastest on the track as usual). Sanza J. was very good but his tyres wore out at 5 minutes before the end. I finished the race in 3rd place with very small tyres; my car was very fast and easy to drive.

Ranking T1:

1. Henriet Manuel
2. Kempeneers Marten
3. Roufosse Stephane XRAY NT1
4. Sanza Jonathan XRAY NT1
5. Renaux Jerome XRAY NT1
6. Tomagra Michel XRAY NT1
7. Vorsters Guy
8. Aerts Bert
9. Yerna Hugues XRAY NT1
10. Lambrech Steve XRAY NT1

In the T2 final, Gysembergh R. (XRAY) dominated the 15 first minute of the final but then Gils C. (XRAY) took over the lead for the end. It was a great race between these two drivers. Vazza D. (XRAY) took 3rd place.

Ranking T2:

1. Gils Cedric XRAY NT1
2. Gysembergh Renaud XRAY NT1
3. Vazza Donato XRAY NT1

Source : XRAY

Race Report from Serpent

The third round of Belgian 1:10 200mm Nationals was held on the very tight and technical track of Houthalen last weekend where Serpent driver Manuel Henriet made a great recovery drive to take his 720 to victory.
Working hard all day Saturday to find a suitable set-up for the track ahead of Sunday’s championship action, Henriet left the track that evening in confident mood.

Unfortunately qualifying went really bad for him and after the Semi-Finals he found himself in a rather lowly 9th position on the grid. Starting from so far back he set himself the target of a podium finish. 20 minutes in to the Main Final he was up to 3rd despite having been careful to save his tyres. As the race enter the final stages this would benefit the Serpent driver as the leader started to suffer with his tyres allowing Henriet to pass him and move up to second.

Running behind the new leader and with 5 minutes left in the race Henriet made a late push and closed down the gap. Applying pressure he found his way passed and into the lead where he would stay til the chequered flag to take his first victory of the season.

Securing the win, adding to his third place finish in Round 1 and second in Round 2, Henriet now moves to the top of the championship points table.

Belgian 1:10 200mm National Championship
Round 3, Houthalen
Result A Final

1. Henriet Manuel – Serpent 720
2. Maarten Kempeneers
3. Roufosse Stephane
4. Sanza Jonathan
5. Renaux Jerome
6. Tomagra Michel
7. Vorsters Guy – Serpent 720
8. Aerts Bert – Serpent 720
9. Yerna Hugues
10.Lambrechts Steve

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