Leino & NT1 Win Finish Nationals R1

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On Sunday, May 18th it was time to start our nitro touring car championship series which includes four races of which the three best will be counted. All of the fastest nitro drivers were there, including the likes of Teemu Saarinen, Tony Raikas, Teemu Leino, the Kalves brothers, and of course, me. It was wet in the morning but the weather forecast predicted it should dry by noon. So the first half of the day was spent waiting and talking with team mates and other competitors. It was already the 2nd round of qualifying by the time the track started to dry. This of course made it difficult for everybody to drive fast immediately, including me because this was my first run of the season. By the third and final round, the track was dry and it was obvious that this would be the only chance to get a good result. Teemu was super fast in this round but had problems with his transponder, which counted only 10 laps. I had problems with interference, but still managed to get a solid 2nd place. Daniel Kalves was also doing well and was in 4th.

Top 4 after qualifying:
1. Tony Raikas
2. Pekka Koivula XRAY NT1
3. Sebastian Trzaska
4. Daniel Kalves XRAY NT1″

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[Source – teamxray.com]