Last weekend the third round of the Norwegian Nitro Touring series was held at Valdres Modellbilklubb. This track is one of the more spectacular tracks in the series with its 205 meters and almost 3,5 meters elevation change. As the blazing sun brought high temperatures it was a really hard challenge for both drivers and cars. In the first qualifier André Roine took the lead closely followed by Anders Mikkelsen 0,8s behind. Mikkelsen then managed to take the lead for TQ by 1,4 seconds in the second round but it was the final round that decited the TQ spot. At first Christian Hovden beat Mikkelsen time by 0,001 of a second but Mikkelsen fought back and got TQ with a margin of 1,1 seconds also setting the fastest laptime of the day.
In the following Superpole André Roine, Christian Hovden, Trygve Bull Freng, and Espen Myhre fought for the second direct spot in the A-main. It was a close affair with a difference of only 0,2sec from first to fourth and it was Roine whoc clocked the fastest lap only 0,038 sec faster than Christian Hovden. The semifinal was won by Trygve Bull Freng in front of Espen Myhre and Brede Isaksen.
From the start of the A-main Mikkelsen struggled with a bad engine tuning which forced him to go early into the pits for extra tuning dropping him from first to ninth. Roine took the lead but running into some fuel problems later on he lost the lead to Mikkelsen on lap 55. From there on Mikkelsen did not look back and kept the lead for the rest of the final although heavy tire wear made his car undrivable with one minute to go. But the gap over the rest of the field was too big and Mikkelsen took the victory. Starting from 9th place Hans Nikolaisen did an excellent job and claimed the runner-up spot and Brede Isaksen claimed the final podium spot starting from 5th on the grid.
This was the third consecutive win for Team Shepherds Anders Mikkelsen and the second time in a row he also got the TQ and fastest lap of the race. Mikkelsen is now leading the Norwegian Nitro Touring series with 22 points in front of André Roine who is 54 points in front Trygve Bull Freng with two races to go.