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Team Carbide go one better to win Robot Wars title

Carbide beat fellow finalist Eruption to take the title.

Team Carbide have been crowned champions of Robot Wars 2017, a year after narrowly missing out on the title.

Captain Dave Moulds said he and his partner Sam Smith were “delighted to have come out on top this time around”, after their flipper robot Carbide triumphed in a battle against Eruption in the grand final of the BBC Two show.

The winners, who lost out to Team Apollo in the final battle in 2016, were presented with their prestigious trophy by hosts Dara O Briain and Angela Scanlon.

Dave, 28, who won the UK robot heavyweight title at the age of 17, said: “After the disappointment of getting to the final last year and losing to Apollo, we were very nervous when we found out we would have to fight another flipper in the final.

“Eruption is a great machine but we are delighted to have come out on top this time around though.”

The series was rebooted in 2016 after a 12-year absence from television, and followed the old format of teams of engineers doing battle against other robots and house robots in a special arena.

The latest run saw 40 groups battle it out, with six still standing in the final, Aftershock, Eruption, Ironside 3, Concussion, Carbide and wildcard Apollo.

They competed in two group battles, each with three robots, with one loser from each fight eliminated.

The four surviving robots then faced off in the head-to-heads, competing in a series of fights in order to score enough points to make it into the grand final.

The upgraded, electric-driven Carbide, which took three months to build at a cost of £5,000 and has a custom-made weapon motor, beat Eruption in just under two minutes.

Dave said: “Carbide’s performance throughout the series was better than even we expected and we can’t wait to come back in series three to defend our trophy.”

Angela told Dave and Sam, 34: “It (Carbide) just seems to be faultless.

“It was wonderful watching your relentless robot.”

Series three of Robot Wars will start later this year on BBC Two.

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