Finally racing in Europe is starting!
Last weekend we went to Fiorano for the first EFRA-GP Series. The weather forecast was no too good so that in the drivers meeting the organizers made the decision to run all finals on Saturday. As we found out on Sunday a very good decision.
Running only TC over the winter time I had to get used to 1/8th scale with my 988 Viper again. So I found myself in the practice within the Top15. Changing to a softer front roll bar, removing the shims for bump steer finally brought enough steering I needed.
In qualification I finally gained some speed but made some driving mistakes which caused me to become 17th after qualification. That meant to be the first “lucky” one in the quarter final. I went into my quarter final and with the help of my thrilling fast pit stopper Max Kruse I was able to bump up to the semi where I started from P8. Unfortunately my speed was not enough to push for the front spots and two pit crashes where other mechanics put down their cars while I was passing finally ended my way to the A-main. One thing which leaves a bad touch on my mind after this weekend. When I tried to find a connection back to the top in the first stint of my semi, I had Michael right behind me and I thought I could gain enough speed to make my way up in the ranking list. But obviously I was wrong. We touched, his body was bent, he had to go to the pits and missed the A-main by less than 3sec. Nobody else to blame but me and I’m really sorry for this incident especially because this happened within the team. Next time we will find a better way, I’m sure.
Thanks a lot to the organizers from EFRA and the people from the track in Fiorano. EFRA is on a right way!
Thanks to my sponsors as well:
Serpent, O.S. Speed Engines,2-Speed,Arrowmax,Xceed-RC,RunnterTime,Matrix,Savox,TeamTitan,Blitz Bodyshell,RC-Car-Colours,Muttipaintz,
See you on the track!
Link to car 988: http://promo.serpent.com/988viper/
Last weekend we had the first big race in 2018, the EFRA GP in Fiorano.
It was for me also the very first race at all this year. I never was really competitive on that track, so I was a bit cautious with my expectations.
The first Efra GP Series race was held in Fiorano Italy. Thursday was the first official practise day but the track was wet until 13:00 pm. So at least we had on this day three practise runs over 10 minutes. This time we used Hotrace Tires and I know from the past that these ones have a bit more understeering compared to other brands.
My 748-WC starting setup was anyway very good from the beginning and I changed only to a harder rear diff and 1mm more caster. The traction was not that high on Thursday and the harder rear diff was on the limit. On Friday the track was again wet because of some heavy rain during the night. The Efra suggested by the driver meeting with the agreement from all to finish the race on Saturday evening because the forecast said again rain for Sunday. So we had 2 controlled practise Friday morning and I was top seed for qualifying. On this day we ran 4 rounds of qualification and on Saturday morning the last one. The 3 best rounds with point system has been counted. I was able to tq all rounds of qualification and secured the only safe spot direct into the final.
In the practise before the final was well and I tested a few sets of tires. Before the final my strategy was refuelling by 5 minutes and a full tire change after 20 minutes and push hard in the beginning. The start for the final went really well and after 5 minutes I had a cap to the second place from over 5 seconds. So we changed our strategy to a super safe one and refuelled by 4.30. I never looked back and could win the race by over one lap on the second placed driver. My 748 Natrix WC with my Novarossi engines worked flawless the whole weekend.
The organizers from the track and the guys from EFRA did a great job and everything was well prepared. We had a lot of fun on and off the track with the team/family and all friends like always.
I want to say thank you to all my sponsors for the great support. Without them everything would not be possible. And also to my pitcrew this weekend Klaus Lechner and Michael Salven for a great work.
The next race will be the first round of the European nitro series in Rucphen/Netherlands and I hope this season for more luck in this series for a good overall result.
See u on the track
Link to car: http://promo.serpent.com/748wc/
Netherlands: Ehrbar takes 2nd place at IDFM with Serpent F110 SF3
Reports to follow. Thanks to all for the images.
The 2018 icebreaker is in the books, and it was awesome. I️ ran pro ebuggy and pro nitro buggy.
In ebuggy my car was dialed all weekend and was able to qualify in 2nd right behind Adam Drake. In the mains I️ got a 2,2,3 which would give me a 3rd overall.
In Nbuggy my car was also dialed all weekend. And with some really good qualifiers I️ would be able to get the TQ. For the main my plan was push at the start get a lead and cruise and I️ did just that. I️ would lead the race form tone to tone.
Wanted to give my man Jeremy Cupps a huge shoutout for all the help this weekend could not have done it without you.
Thank you to my family,friends and sponsors!