Kyosho’s Jerome Aigoin is the top seed for qualifying at the 1:8 Offroad European Championships after the quiet Frenchman topped the second round of timed practice in France from Kyosho/Novarossi team-mate Elliott Boots. Having posted the fastest time of the day in the morning’s opening timed practice, Kyosho’s David Ronnefalk lost around 7-seconds after a coming together with a slower buggy and ending up only 10th fastest.
A driver who prefers to let his driving do the talking Aigoin was pleased with his second run describing it as a ‘clean run’. Having ran his AKA shod MP9 the same as the morning, the 2011 Top Qualifier said other than ‘clean it’ he will do nothing to his buggy for the first qualifier adding that ‘all is good’ and that he is confident for tomorrow.
Boots, who switched from Proline’s Ion in M4 compound to the M4, said he initially didn’t think his MP9 was as good as it has less grip but talking to other drivers afterwards he said he thinks it was the track that was actually looser. As Mick Craddock, who has been key to Boots recent rise to the top, pointed out this forced the 19-year-old to drive smoother within the run, which while slightly slower was a better overall drive than the morning. ‘Improving everytime’ he goes out on the track, Boots said he is feeling pretty good now and he plans to stick with the same set-up for the opening qualifying and working on further improving his lines.