Tim Wood reports from 1/8 WC Warmup – May 2017
After a good race at the Adur BRCA 1/8 national, we flew to Lyon on Friday hoping for good track time ahead of the WC, and a target of putting the 977 Evo 2 into the Main.
Due to work commitments we could only fly out Friday which was less than ideal but OK. After a delayed flight we arrived trackside to greet Frank and Mathieu Dambrine from the UK which was great. It was really nice to catch up with Serpent drivers Riccobono and Abisset again and meet some of the French organisers of the event.
Friday Practice – One 15minute run was all we had but it was enough to learn the track. The track is really long, with undulating cambered corners and a double apex banking which is awesome with an 1/8 car!
Saturday we got down to business. The car was a little unstable in the rear. We moved the rear bodymount A arms in, and this made it much more confortable in combination with a few shock changes. Nicola was finding it hard to refuel. In the UK all tracks are clockwise, so it took some practice for her to adjust to anticlockwise. During Saturday, Anthony Abisset was running strongly. We compared ideas, both thinking about steering & rear traction improvements. Through Qualy Anthony did a good job ending up directly in the Semi. We did not have a single clear run – each time something happened. Team Wood – 17th and into a 1/4. Final. Meanwhile UK driver Dambrine put on a good show with a nice bump up in his final on Saturday and into Sunday.
Sunday. With support from Serpent UK it was suggested the bad luck was finished and maybe we could bump up. An engine change was made due to potential of lots of racing….
¼ Final we started from pole and pulled clear. The idle was slightly too low which meant at 2 pit stops the engine flamed out. Rapid restart by Nicola with the The 977 and XRD really fast and we blitzed through to the Semi. Good result.
Semi-final, we reset and started from 8th. I made a setup change and the car was good. From 8th we picked our way through the field. Nicola’s stops were starting to improve hugely. Frank Dambrine exuded a calming influence and this was really important to get the job done – Great Management! We chose the right tyre strategy, and placed 3rd in the semi with a conservative clean race. Anthony was unlucky this time and didn’t manage to bump up but a good showing.
The final. Between the team we came up with an improvement worth trying. Having not raced a 1 hour final before, Mark Green via mobile re-assured us to stay calm and do our thing. We got a great start and the car was fast in the beginning, gaining a place off the line then a few more in the first few laps. We had a good battle with Adrien Bertin. Before long we were up to 3rd position. Tyre and fuel stops came and went, with Nicola and Frank doing a perfect job in the pits. As the race progressed we began to struggle but no matter – we can work on this. At the end we finished 5th. A super nice result. I would like to say thanks to Nicola, Frank and Matthieu for their rapid help over the weekend – can’t fault their work in the pits. I am proud to race XRD engines and the 977 for Serpent UK – both still fast after almost 2 hours of solid racing!
We leave the warmup having had a great time, showing promise and learning a lot.
Until the next race – Ciao!
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