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The Lightweight Championship of Robot Wars: The Second Wars was an event which took place during the filming of Robot Wars: The Second Wars. Consisting of a single six-way melee between robots weighing 22.7kg or under, a short recap was broadcast as part of the end-of-series Grudge Matches special, along with other lower weight category events featured in the aforementioned episode. This Lightweight Championship was the first of two to be shown as part of the UK Robot Wars.

Robots CompetingEdit

Rosebud
Rosebud
Weight Unknown
Dimensions Unknown
Power Unknown
Weapons Circular Saw, Wedge, and Spikes
From: Unknown
Team Members: Eric James, Michael Corbett
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Damacles and Shadow Fiend

Damacles
Weight 20kg
Dimensions Unknown
Speed Described by team as "slow"
Turning Circle Unknown
Ground Clearance Unknown
Power Windscreen wiper motors
Weapons Cutting disc on spring-loaded arm
From: Hampton
Team Members: Dominic Horner, Paul Montero, Peter Mosley
SlipperyStrana
Slippery Strana
Weight 21.6kg
Dimensions Unknown
Speed Approximately 6.7mph
Turning Circle Unknown
Ground Clearance Unknown
Power 7.2V Bosch Cordless Drills at 12V
Weapons Spikes
From: Bristol
Team Members: Colin Pearson, Charlie Dale-Staples
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Shadow Fiend
Statistics not displayed
From: Unknown
Team Members: Unknown
Spartacusfw
Spartacus
Weight 21kg
Dimensions Unknown
Speed 2mph
Turning Circle Unknown
Ground Clearance Unknown
Power 7Ah 12v Batteries
Weapons Crusher
From: Carmarthen, South Wales
Team Members: Alan James, Hayden James, Tom James
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Unidentified competitor
Statistics not displayed
From: Unknown
Team Members: Unknown

Lightweight ChampionshipEdit

Rosebud vs Damacles vs Slippery Strana vs Shadow Fiend vs Spartacus vs Unidentified robotEdit

Slippery Strana House Robots

Slippery Strana is assailed by the House Robots

Lightweight battle

The Lightweights do battle

All of the competitors started fairly sluggishly, with them all ponderously approaching the centre of the arena. Spartacus was able to wage an attack on Slippery Strana, damaging its shell. After this, to liven up the proceedings, the house robots came into the battle and began attacking the competitors. Although the house robots did little more than push the lightweights around, Damacles and Spartacus immediately stopped. Dead Metal then started bashing Spartacus, almost in an attempt to get it moving, however, it came to no avail. Slippery Strana then ran straight into Rosebud, but both robots then appeared to lose one of their drives, as a result, Rosebud was only able to spin in tight circles, however Slippery Strana, upon retreating, ran straight into house robot Shunt. Shunt repeatedly axed down on Slippery Strana, not causing much damage to the latter's shell, until Matilda came in, who then used her tusks to flip Slippery Strana onto Shunt's scoop, who then flipped Slippery Strana back onto its wheels. Slippery Strana then hurried away, retreating into the distance. Cease was eventually called, and as Rosebud, Slippery Strana and Shadow Fiend were still technically mobile, the battle went to a Judges' decision.

"All 5 robots obediently stopped, and we waited patiently for a Judges' decision. And we waited some more. And some more. Then, to help the Judges finalise their scoring, the 'voice from above' asked all roboteers to move around the arena a little. Charlie took this opportunity to spin another pirouette and to zip a couple of times - very visibly - across the arena. One of our competitors seemed to take offence at this and Charlie found himself in a dangerous post-battle push-and-shove, which mercifully didn't last long."
— Silppery Strana website[1]

To aid with their decision, the Judges requested that all of the remaining competitors display their mobility, which Slippery Strana responded to by spinning around and speeding across the arena a few times. This was enough for Slippery Strana to win the decision and become the first official Robot Wars Lightweight Champion, although its victory was met with a brief post-battle scuffle in the Pits.

Lightweight Champion: Slippery Strana

SlipperyStrana

Slippery Strana, the Series 2 Lightweight Champion

TriviaEdit

  • The Series 2 Lightweight Championship marked the only appearance of every robot competing in the battle, as the Lightweight Championship for the following series was cancelled.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Battle Scars section of the Slippery Strana website
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