This weekend the 3rd round of the 2017 Norwegian 1/10th Off-Road Buggy Nationals was hosted by Innherred RC-Bil Klubb at the beautiful IHRC Raceway astroturf track in Levanger, Norway.
After the initial shake down and installment free practice Friday evening, Saturday was 2wd race day!
3 rounds of qualifying was ran and it was Team Schumacher driver Roy Gjemble that took his Hobbywing powered Schumacher KC to the overall TQ position.
Øystein Døler - Associated qualified 2nd, Thorbjørn Døler - Associated qualified 3rd, and the young and talented 11 year old Alexander Gjemble - Associated claimed 4th on the grid for the A finals.
During the first of three A-final legs, Roy pulled a 6 second gap from the field and took an unchallenged tone to tone win. Starting from 6th position however the up and coming Serpent driver Marius Kristensen drove a good final claiming 2nd position. Third in the first A main was Øystein Døler and his Associated B6.
2nd A main leg started the same way as the first but 5 laps into the final, disaster struck for the race leader Roy as he overjumped a tricky double leading into one of the tracks distinct features, the 4 meter high Wall of Death. A technical issue meant Roy had to pull out of the race and the rest of the field of course knew this was an important win for a chance at the overall win. 2nd on the grid Øystein Døler drove a good race to finish first, but barely managed to stay a couple of tenths in front of the quick youngster Alexander Gjemble charging from 4th to claim a strong second place finish.
For the last of the three A final legs it was now very open between the Schumacher of Roy Gjemble and the Associated of Øystein Døler. The final started as the two first, with Roy pulling a gap on the rest of the field. And this time it was the 2nd placed Øystein Døler that suffered an early mistake and fell down the ranks. His older brother Thorbjørn was quickly there to pick up the pieces and held on to drive a strong leg to finish in second place some 10 seconds behind the Schumacher driver. Again it was the hard charging Serpent driver Marius Kristensen climbing from his 6th starting position up to finish 3rd.
The overall win in 2wd went to Roy Gjemble – Team Schumacher, Øystein Døler – Associated 2nd, Thorbjørn Døler – Associated 3rd.
Overall 2wd results:
1. Roy Gjemble – Team Schumacher/Hobbywing
2. Øystein Døler – Team Associated/Tekin
3. Thorbjørn Døler – Team Associated/Team Orion
4. Marius Kristensen – Serpent/Team Orion
5. Alexander Gjemble – Team Associated/Team Orion
6. Sindre Reitan – Schumacher/Hobbywing
7. Stein Ove Nordahl – Xray/Hobbywing
8. Kenneth Neverdal – Schumacher/Orion