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Race report by Kaja Novotny:

The 4th round of popular – XRAY Racing Series (Slovakia) took place last weekend in beautiful Hudy Arena. Big surprise for all participants were new tracks – both onroad and offroad (almost similar to EOS layout)!

In 2wd qualifications, my Orion powered XB2 worked perfectly and I managed to set the fastest time over 5 minutes to get overall TQ! 2nd and 3rd place on the grid belonged to young Max Gotzl (XRAY) and Ales Bidovsky (XRAY)!

Finals went pretty tough for me as I didn’t manage to jump the first double after the start in both A1 and A2 and so I had to work my way back through the field in both mains, but managed to take the overall win! Big fight was for the 2nd place between Max and Ales and in the end it was Max who took 2nd!

TOP 10:

  1. Kaja Novotny (TQ) – XRAY XB2
  2. Max Gotzl – XRAY XB2
  3. Ales Bidovsky – XRAY XB2
  4. Ondrej Kulhanek – XRAY XB2
  5. Michal Nagy – XRAY XB2
  6. Adrian Uhrik
  7. Matuš Benetin
  8. Pavel Ntkovca – XRAY XB2
  9. Jaroslav Valder – XRAY XB2
  10. Martin Rytir – XRAY XB2

In 4wd qualifications, my XB4’17 was amazing as always and took TQ by almost 10 secs ahead of 2nd driver! Finals were almost copy of qualifications – my Orion powered XB4’17 pulled away and took the win in all three A-mains! The biggest attention caught the fight for 2nd place again between Max Gotzl and Ales Bidovsky, but this time it was Ales who took 2nd place!

TOP 10:

  1. Kaja Novotny (TQ) – XRAY XB4
  2. Ales Bidovsky – XRAY XB4
  3. Max Gotzl – XRAY XB4
  4. Lacko Toth – XRAY XB4
  5. Martin Rytir – XRAY XB4
  6. Igor Liptak – XRAY XB4
  7. Ondrej Kulhanek – XRAY XB4
  8. Vaclav Broz – Serpent
  9. Antonin Hybler – XRAY XB4
  10. Jaroslav Valder – XRAY XB4

In Truck class, it was again my XT2, which TQed all three qualifications ahead of (again) same duo – Max and Ales. In finals, my XT2 worked awesome and won all three finals! Again the most interesting fight was between Max and Ales and it was again Ales, who took 2nd place with Max finishing in 3rd!

TOP 3:

  1. Kaja Novotny (TQ) – XRAY XT2
  2. Ales Bidovsky – XRAY XT2
  3. Max Gotzl – XRAY XT2

Race report by Jakub Simurda:

The fourth round of well-known XRS Slovakia was held in Trencin on the 18th of February. Over a hundred racers were split into three off-road and six on-road classes. Hudy Arena keeps all incomers in very nice environment. Pits are comfortable and provide enough space for each driver. On-road and off-road track were both slightly redesigned. The first named got a bit easier shape. At least on the first sight. On the other hand, heat after heat differences were becoming smaller and smaller. Off-road track was not that easy – as usually. Even experienced drivers made mistakes every single heat.

In formula class Martin Hudy held TQ, which he could convert into victory at the end. Behind him finished rising Slovakian 2WD star Andrej Vnucko, leaving Igor Liptak on the third spot.

  1. Martin Hudy – XRAY X1
  2. Andrej Vnucko – XRAY X1
  3. Igor Lipták – XRAY X1
  4. Dušan Bayer – XRAY X1
  5. Pavol Chovan
  6. Miloš Dobiás
  7. Rudo Kadlečík – XRAY X1
  8. Andrej Verný
  9. Miroslav Hargaš – XRAY X1

New-born class – 1/12E GT saw brilliant fight between two matadors. Tono Sloboda managed to overtake Igor Liptak in every head and brought home the victory. Igor Liptak had to settle with second overall position. Third place went to Branislav Panak.

  1. Tono sloboda – XRAY X12
  2. Igor Lipták – XRAY X12
  3. Branislav Panák – XRAY X12
  4. Jozef Bozo Team associated
  5. Ivan Viskup – XRAY X12

Full powered 1/12 class kept just three cars on the grid. Flawless performance from Tomas Liptak was well praised by victory. Second place reached Branislav Panak and Vladimir Viskup ended up as third.

  1. Tomas Liptak – XRAY X12
  2. Branislav Panak – XRAY X12
  3. Vladimir Viskup – XRAY X12

Another 2WD class – 1/10 Pancar was led by Andrej Vnucko. No-one was able to get him passed and he finished as first. Runner up Vladimir Viskup managed to secure his spot ahead of Rudo Kadlecik on the third spot.

  1. Andrej Vnucko – XRAY X10
  2. Vladimir Viskupup – XRAY X10
  3. Rudo Kadlečík – XRAY X10
  4. Marek Helbich – XRAY X10
  5. Pavol Chovan
  6. Miroslav Hargaš – XRAY X10

In stock class young Slovakian talent Oliver Havranek showed spectators how racing should be looking like. Winning first two finals he could watch the last one from his pit. Third final was played by scenario of Arkadiusz Smyk, who got the second spot in front of Tono Sloboda on the third position.

  1. Oliver Havránek – XRAY T4
  2. Arkadiusz Smyk – XRAY T4
  3. Tono Sloboda – XRAY T4
  4. Matúš Benetin – XRAY T4
  5. Filip Obora – XRAY T4
  6. Peter Zemanovič – XRAY T4
  7. Tomáš Hrkel – XRAY T4
8. Dušan Bayer – XRAY T4 
9. Viktor Halčin
  8. Mariusz Zachacz

The fastest 4WD class – Modified was only about catching Martin Hudy. The fact that Martin is very fast driver is on his hometrack was underlined twice. So that he was able to bring home another victory and extend his set of cups. Kuba Simurda’s pace was just enough fast to reach second spot. But that was maximum he could do. Third spot came to Oliver Havranek.

  1. Martin Hudy – XRAY T4
  2. Jakub Šimurda – XRAY T4
  3. Oliver Havránek – XRAY T4
  4. Michal Wójcik – XRAY T4
  5. Ladislav Lebánek
  6. Radek Voda – XRAY T4
  7. Arkadiusz Smyk – XRAY T4
  8. Jano Benetin – XRAY T4
  9. Zsolt Kálnay – XRAY T4
  10. Filip Obora – XRAY T4