With the promotion of Stefan Rommens and Florian Joos to the Modified class, some said that the Stock class was a bit beheaded. 2017 champion Vincent Van Gansen was however keen to keep his title. The main challenge would come from Giovanni Moguez (Xray). Giovanni has been training intensively the last months and is at his prime. Unsurprisingly the first qualifier went Vincent’s way, but Giovanni was only 0.6 seconds behind after the full five minutes of intensive racing. The battle for TQ would go down to Q3. Vincent however kept his cool and claimed his first pole of the season. Giovanni lined up 2nd, but was only one second behind. Rick van den Akker (Xray) took a fine third position, some six seconds behind Giovanni. Having not run in last years championship, Rick had to start in the slowest group, which hampered his pace a bit. Xavier Debroye put his Awesomatix in 4th, followed by the Infinity of Peter Degrande. Perhaps the biggest surprise was the great pace that youngsters Alexander Van Gansen (Tamiya, P7), Mathias van Laere (VBC, P8) and Roel Jongenelis (P10) showed.
Vincent doesn’t seem to like thrillers, and he upped his game for the finals. He controlled the entire field and easily won A1 and A2 in great fashion. He thus claimed his first race of the season. Giovanni Moguez took the runner up spot and thought his lack of pace in the finals to be down to tyres as in stock, only 1 set of tyres is allowed). Rick finished a solitary 3rd and completed the Xray podium. Xavier Debroye put his Awesomatix in a fine 4th postion, followed by Pasquinel Neys (Team Magic). The youngsters Alexander, Mathias and Roel finished in 8th, 9th and 10th position respectively. The three of them showed great racecraft, with Alexander running as high up as 4th in A1 before his ESC went into thermal protection.
In the Rookie/senior class four entries battled for the win and in the end it was the Xray of youngster Luc Wauters who was in front of Herman Van Gansen (Tamiya), Rony Claeys (Xray) and Marc Joosens (Yokomo).