Round 1 report -XCite drivers get headstart in MRT Cup
First race of the 2010/11 MRT Cup occured as all drivers were just done with Christmas celebrations. However, all had to switch into "full concentration" mode, as they had to tame a very special combo: MRT on South City Town, with the infamous Dekojester chicane added in the last corner.
Quickly, v\James looked to be the man to beat. The real life 2010 British Junior TKM Kart Champion showed all his skills in the qualifying session, in order to take the pole by almost half a second on XCite C.Winkler and XCite Power. Peace would then convert this pole into an hat trick in the sprint race, after passing early leader XCite C.Winkler in lap 3. Meanwhile, OWRL beginner XCite Hansi managed to get 3rd place after an impressive scrap with SRT-Flip. Nevertheless, Things almost went badly for the XCite driver as he span in lap 5 and got collected by SRT car, but none of the vehicle was badly damaged. However poor Flip got distracted by the incident, went off a corner later, and came to a stop.
Top 8 reversed grid meant that a very surprising 1stBFA FOX would start the main race from pole. However FOX fell away with the pressure, and left fellow first row driver TEM/L.Chebbi alone in the lead. The Frenchman led a few laps, until XCite C.Winkler, XCite K.Egloff and XCite Hansi passed him one by one in the first third of the race. v\J.Peace was no longer a threat after being spun by Winkler on lap 4, and eventually crashing out for good two laps later. Everything was set for an XCite 1-2-3, and Winkler took the win in front of reigning champion Egloff(who climbed back from 12th after getting taken out in sprint race) and Hansi. Best non-XCite member was Chebbi, who finished 4th in front of MRT beast just.papax in 5th.
In pool 2, GoC/T.Parker took the pole and the sprint race. The English teenager had the opportunity to make it 2 out of 2 in the feature race, but he ended up with the nose facing the wall in the last corner, at 5 laps to go. This allowed pod.hama Krutch to take the win after a very clever and consistent drive.
With 1 round out of 3 completed, it looks like XCite has a clear edge on its rivals. Winkler, Hansi and reigning champion Egloff share the 3 first positions in the drivers' standings. In the teams' standings, the German team has a 49 points advantage on both TEM and eX.R, tieing for 2nd.
Last chance for the opposition to wake-up will be at round 2, on Aston Club reversed, on Friday, December, 30th.
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report by Y.Laprevotte