The Speed Paradise facilities, near Buenos Aires, saw Merlin Team Driver Robert Batlle win the 2012 Worlds Warmup.
D. Ronnefalk set the peace during qualifying and seemed unaffordable. But 1 hour final is really long and anything can happen. So Robert, as usual was driving smoothly and planned a good fuel strategy allowing him to visit the pitlane once less than Ronnefalk.
The first position was held in the first laps by Cavalieri and Savoya, but soon Ronnefalk took the lead and opened a big gap leaving Batlle, Savoya and Cavalieri fighting for the second place.
With just 8 minutes to go Robert Took the lead and Ronnefalk had several mistakes that made him go down to 6th place.
The final result:
|Pos||Driver||Laps / Time|
|1||Robert Batlle – ES||Mugen / Nova / Merlin Fuel||78 / 60:25.0|
|2||Jared Tebo – USA||Kyosho / Orion||77 / 60:01.7|
|3||Ryan Cavalieri – USA||Associated / Orion||77/ 60:09.3|
|4||Reno Savoya – FR||XRay / RB||77 / 60:44.6|
|5||Ty Tessemann – CAN||HB / O.S.||77 / 60:45.7|
|6||David Rionnefalk – SWED||Kyosho / Orion||76/ 58.58.0|
|7||Cody King – USA||Kyosho / Orion||76/ 60:35.3|
|8||Billy easton – USA||Serpent / Nova||72/ 60:00.0|
|9||Jesse Roberts – USA||HB / O.S.||70/ 57:10.3|
|10||Teemu Leino – FIN||HB / LRP||69/ 59:69.0|
|11||Miguel Matias – PT||TLR / RB||50/ 42:48.7|
|12||Dakotah Phend||TLR / Orion||47/ 37:35.6|
Neobuggy has published an interview with Batlle right after the final: