The first of the Series Semi-Finals! We are very close to crowning another UK Champion, and now half the seeds are gone and replaced by very impressive newcomers, most of them flippers. Which two robots will move onto the Grand Final? Tornado From: Cambridgeshire Seated: #1 and Reining Champion Weight: 100 Kilos Dimensions: 0.26M X 0.65M X 0.75M Power: 2 X 750W Electric Motors Weapons: Interchangeable Weapons Strengths: Durable Chassis Weaknesses: Vulnerable to Flippers Team Captain: Andrew Marchant With: David Gamble and Bryan Moss Raging Knightmare From: Leicestershire Weight: 98 Kilos Dimensions: 0.25M X 0.96M X 0.83M Power: 2 X 750W Electric Motors Weapons: Flipper Strengths: High Powered Weaponry Weaknesses: Lightweight Body Armour Team Captain: Nigel Paget With: Lee and Malcolm Summers Dantomkia From: Surrey Seated: #5 Weight: 96 Kilos Dimensions: 0.36M X 1.18M X 0.83M Power: 2 X 750W Electric Motors Weapons: Co2 Flipper Strengths: Reliability Weaknesses: Nervous Driver Team Captain: Michael Lambert With: Daniel Lambert and Steven Gadsey Gravity From: Holland Weight: 99 Kilos Dimensions: 0.43M X 1.20M X 0.75M Power: 2 X 750W Electric Motors Weapons: Flipper Strengths: Strong Construction Weaknesses: Weak Armour Team Captain: WJ Dijkstra With: Alex Ruschen-Jeroen St. Agro Weight: 95 Kilos Dimensions: 0.37M X 1.07M X 0.83M Power: 2 X 800W Electric Motors Weapons: Double Flipper Strengths: Invertible Weaknesses: Prone to Flipper Failure Team Captain: Terry Carlin With: Michael Gamson and Benjamin Carlin X-Terminator Seated: #11 Weight: 98 Kilos Dimensions: 0.80M X 1.12M X 0.97M Power: 4.5 KW Electric Motors Weapons: Vertical Spinning Disc Strengths: Extremely Destructive Weaknesses: Does Not Like Flippers Team Captain: Marlon Pritchard With: Simon Baldwin Bulldog Breed From: Staffordshire Seated: #12 Weight: 100 Kilos Dimensions: 0.34M X 0.93M X 0.71M Power: 2 Electric Motors Weapons: Flipper Strengths: Tough Weaknesses: Absolutely None Team Captain: Tony Somerfield With: Robert Somerfield Tough As Nails From: Holland Weight: 98 Kilos Dimensions: 0.37M X 1.25M X 1.15M Power: 2 X 1500W Electric Motors Weapons: Horizontal Crushers Strengths: Strong Armour Weaknesses: Electrical Problems Team Captain: Jeroen Van Der Loo With: Stefan J Raaijmakers and Niels R Schatten Fight 1: Tornado Vs Raging Knightmare House Robots: Shunt and Dead Metal Tornado, with their spinning disc, got underneath Raging Knightmare and slammed them against the wall in the CPZ. Raging Knightmare tried to use the flipper to self-right, but Tornado kept pounding on them until Shunt came in and axed Tornado. As we are watching this happen on the Shunt Cam, all of a sudden, it falls onto its side. This means that Raging Knightmare has flipped Shunt! As Dead Metal came to Shunt's aid, Tornado slammed Raging Knightmare into another CPZ wall and started pounding on them and ramming them hard. Raging Reality was stuck upside-down. Tornado pressed the Pit Button and pushed Raging Knightmare down the Pit! Tornado moves on to the next round! Fight 2: Dantomkia Vs Gravity House Robots: Shunt and Sgt. Bash This fight was quick to recap. Gravity simply drove underneath Dantomkia and flipped them out of the arena! Dantomkia hit the ground so hard that sparks flew! This fight was all over in 6 seconds! A new Robot Wars record! Gravity moves on! Fight 3: St. Agro Vs X-Terminator House Robots: Shunt and Matilda St. Agro flew across the arena and gently broadsided X-Terminator's disc, but caused no damage. St. Agro then tried to get under X-Terminator's scoop and flipped them, but the ground clearance was too low. St. Agro was the one flipped. X-Terminator then slammed into St. Agro's wheel and part of the wheel broke off...again. St. Agro tried to get under X-Terminator again, but then the disc ripped St. Agro's flipper open. Now with no weapon, the limping St. Agro pressed the Pit Button, but then X-Terminator came in and added major insult to injury! X-Terminator tried to "spin" St. Agro out of the arena, but failed. St. Agro was obviously dead. Refbot counted them out and X-Terminator pushed St. Agro into Matilda, who used her own spinning disc to rip St. Agro up. Shunt axed St. Agro and then Matilda pushed St. Agro onto the floor flipper. St. Agro went airbourne and then X-Terminator pitted them. X-Terminator goes through! Fight 4: Bulldog Breed Vs Tough As Nails House Robots: Sgt. Bash and Matilda Bulldog Breed flew under Tough As Nails and flipped them over. Tough As Nails drove on top of Bulldog Breed and tried to grab hold of them. When this wasn't working, Tough As Nails pressed the Pit Button. Bulldog Breed then flipped Tough As Nails into the air! Several flips later, they almost had them out of the arena! Suddenly, Tough As Nails grabbed hold of Bulldog Breed, but the Bulldog flipped their way out of the Dutch robot's grasp. Tough As Nails grabbed hold of Bulldog Breed again, but then reversed into Sgt. Bash who set Tough As Nails alight. Bulldog Breed pushed Tough As Nails onto the flame pit, and flipped Tough As Nails against the guardrail. Tough As Nails grabbed hold of Bulldog Breed again, but then Cease was called. It was a close call, but the judges decided to let Bulldog Breed through! Eliminator 1: Tornado Vs Gravity House Robots: Cassius Chrome and Sir Killalot Gravity had underestimated Tornado. Armed with a scoop and spinning chain, Tornado pushed the Dutch machine into the guardrail, and then into Sir Killalot. Tornado then continued pushing Gravity around the arena until Gravity got behind Tornado and gave them a massive flip!! However, Tornado was inverable, but now they making a run for it. Gravity chased Tornado, but now both their tires were flat. Tornado pushed Gravity onto the flame pit. Gravity flipped Tornado again. Tornado recovered and pressed the Pit Button and shoved Gravity into the opening pit! The Dutch robot went down, and Tornado, the champs, move on to the Grand Final! Eliminator 2: X-Terminator Vs Bulldog Breed House Robots: Cassius Chrome and Sir Killalot Bulldog Breed couldn't get underneath X-Terminator because of their low ground clearance. X-Terminator hit Bulldog Breed with their disc, causing sparks to fly. X-Terminator then started fliping Bulldog Breed over and over and eventually into Sir Killalot. Sir Killalot picked Bulldog Breed up, but then let him go. Staying with Sir Killalot may have been a better idea (NOT!) because throughout the rest of the fight, X-Terminator was ripping Bulldog Breed apart in an attempt to spin them out of the arena. Bulldog Breed had been X-Terminated. Their flipper blade was bent, an armour plate had been ripped clean off. They were obviously dead. Refbot counted Bulldog Breed out as X-Terminator pressed the Pit Button. But Cease was called once Refbot's clock reached 10. X-Terminator moves on to the Grand Final for the 1st time! Finally, a robot that really causes carnage! Grand Finalists: Tornado and X-Terminatormoreless
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