The 2nd round of Swiss championship was held at the famous track in Lostallo.

The 2nd round of Swiss championship was held at the famous track in Lostallo.

During the free practice, I struggled a little bit to find the best setup on this fast and bumpy track.

In the first qualification I finished on position 4. During the lunch break, it began to rain. The three previous qualification have been raced in wet conditions. My rain car worked, as always, very well and I was able to finish the qualification on P2. Because the track was still wet, the Super Pole was cancelled and the top 4 drivers went directly in the 45 minutes long A-Main Final.

Standing after qualification:

  1. Marco Rizzo
  2. Patrick Fankhauser – Xray NT1
  3. Traugott Schär – Xray NT1
  4. Marco Tanner

On Sunday the weather forecast looked good. After a few changes on my setup, I was really happy with my car and I was able to fight with Marco and Traugott for the win. After two small mistakes from Marco we had after 8 min two NT1 ahead. A few laps later, Marco had to retire from the race after an engine issue. Traugott was leading and we pulled away from the rest of the field. After 18 minutes I was able to take the lead. At 20 minute mark it began to rain over 5 minutes. The track was drying up very fast and we decided to make a full tire change after 25 minutes. The tire-wear was much higher than the last year.

Traugott was faster than me. But with a flawless driving and a perfect strategy I could win the final in front of my two team mates Traugott Schär und Stefan Wüthrich – full Xray Poduim! With my dad sitting on P5 we had 4 NT1 in top 5.

  1. Patrick Fankhauser – Xray NT1
  2. Traugott Schär – Xray NT1
  3. Stefan Wüthrich – Xray NT1
  4. Maurice Lüscher
  5. Roland Fankhauser – Xray NT1

Congratulations to Traugott for P2 and to defeat his lead in the championship and also to Stefan for his first podium in 1/10 scale – good job!

At least I have to thank my pitcrew Sue and Luca for the perfect pit work and the fast tire-change. Huge thanks to T+M Models for the fantastic support during the whole weekend!

This was the first race after the sad news, that our team mate Jakob Bühler left us. “Köbi” you will stay forever in our team, we miss you! I’m dedicating this win to you!