UK: Mark Green looks ahead at the 2018 season
Hi All Racers ,
Well the new 2018 season is upon us and lots of testing and preparation going on in the Team Serpent camp . So far 2018 has started good with Melin Depta and Dominic Greiner along with the USA Serpent team doing an awesome job at the Winternats by TQ and Wins .
As for me I have been busy getting ready for my first race of 2018 with the S988 Viper cutting out my Protoform R19 shells and prepping XRD Engines ready to run in , With new set up ideas there will be a lot to learn and tune and it will be just good to get back in to racing again with friends .For the first race At the great Cotswolds RC Track ( please be kind the weather gods ) I will be testing 2 different set up directions on the car S988 one with full soft chassis flex and one with full stiff chassis and see which give’s the best lap time .
The good thing about the S988 is the core of the car is just so good that you can try these things fast in back to back tests so you get a faster idea of what works in the limited track time and can get to fine tune the settings to get better laps times , It is this design that makes the car good as when you are at a big race you get limited track time to test so if your car is able to give you the options to test things fast and back to back you get up speed much easier . One of the big tuning parts on the S988 are the very cool wishbones with inserts these really do have a big effect on the car and the feel so I would really recommend you do try for yourself .
This year is also a Worlds year for 200mm TC so I will spend most of my time testing the S748WC . This class is not my best from my driving point of view but I will work hard to improve myself so I can try and challenge Dominic who is just awesome in this class . I will do some reports as the season goes on with set up tips and I hope lots of race wins . If your at the same race come over and see me for any help on set up or any other questions .
Thanks to all my sponsors , Serpent , XRD , Runnertime , Sanwa , ProtoForm , Arrowmax , Xceed , Serpent UK
Indonesia: Bowie wins with Serpent
The first round of East Touring Series was held at East RC Speedway, east Jakarta. Supporting the primary Open Brushless 13.5 class, with a total of three series of championship, which will hand the top two at the overall standings a free trip to Thailand’s 2018 BIRC race in Bangkok.
It was Bowie Ginting secured the pole, almost 2 secs ahead of Arya Seta while Peter Anthonijsz lined up in 3rd.
Main final was a bit in mix with Bowie secured the early two legs for the win. There are several changing position on top 3 with Christian Mamesah and Teddy Syach who lined up 4th and 5th respectively joined the podium battle. At the end, Syach took 2nd and Mamesah catched up on 3rd
A main result :
1. Bowie Ginting (Serpent/HW)
2. Teddy Syach (Tamiya/HW)
3. Christian Mamesah (Serpent/HW)
4. Peter Anthonijsz (Xray/HW)
5. Arya Seta (Serpent/HW)
6. Chandra Yosef (Awesomatix/HW)
7. Ary Aditya (Mugen/Orca)
8. Reynaldi Kriswanto (Yokomo/HW)
9. Vindra Mboi (Serpent/HW)
10. Ronald Kasengkang (Yokomo/HW)
Serpent with 4 cars in the main is a very good showing !
Italy 1/8 buggy race
On the Gussago (Bs) track of the Ospy Team, the warm up of the second 1/8 OFF Italian championship race was held, F1-F2-F3 and brushless categories.
After some good qualifying Serpent drivers Alessandro Tovesi (Cat.F3) and Stefano Lorenzini (cat.F2) start in the final with the number 3. In the F3 category after an initial battle Alessandro Trovesi takes the lead of the race and goes to win with a gap , winning its first race of 2018 with the Serpent SRX8 EVO.
In the F2 category Stefano Lorenzini at the start of the final, he immediately took control of the race and with an incredible pace greets everyone and goes to win with two laps from the second, also signing the fastest lap of the race and taking his SRX8 EVO on the step higher than the podium.
Congratulations to all, Team Italy Serpent grows very well.
Team Serpent Italy
Italy: 1/10 GP
On the beautiful Sicilian track in the locality of Giardini Naxos, the first Italian 1/10 race was run. Present our official pilot Alessandro Occhipinti with 748 WC. After qualifying he will start with the number 8. After 45 minutes of race Alessandro finishes in second position after a good fight that lasted several minutes with the winner Mario Spiniello. Congratulations to all the Serpent drivers presented for the beautiful races.
Team Serpent Italy
Spain: race report Nacho Lopez 1/8 nats
1ST ROUND SPANISH NATS ALMUSSAFES REPORT
After our worst season during 2017 in my rc career, we started again a new season, with new motivations. I build up my new Serpent Viper 988 over winter and applied the new body paint design.
The first race was hold last weekend in my home track, Almussafes, were the luck is never on my side.
1) Friday: I arrived to the track in the afternoon and I only had 5 free practice rounds. From the first one I felt the car ok, so I did small changes to be more comfortable. However we had a big issue with the difference wear between front and rear tires, that worried me a lot for the long runs. At the end of the day we had a good pace doing a lot of laps between 17-6 and 17.8, but two other drivers were able to make faster laps than me, so I was not 100% confident to have enough speed to fight for the TQ.
2) Saturday: For the first control practice round I decided to move up the rear lower wishbone and for sure it was much better. The car was faster and the issue with the tires wear disappeared. The pace was more or less the same, however I was much more comfortable with the car.
In the first qualy I did a mistake in the first lap and then I drove like a bullshit making a really bad first qualy.
The second one was better, and I was able to improve my time 4 seconds but not enough to make the TQ.
In the third one I was able to improve my time making the TQ. My car was quite nice, super easy to drive and I had a really constant pace, maybe not enough fast because I used the third time the same tires. I had the tq but only 0.05 seconds!
For the four round I decided to leave the car as it is and just prepare a new set of tires and concentrate on my driving, as I thought I was able to be more aggressive. But it started to rain so I had the TQ and I was directly classified to the main final!
3) Sunday: As weather forecasts said it stated step by step a heavy wing that makes really hard and difficult to drive this small cars. The main final started ok and I was first without taking risks till the first fuel stop. Leaving the pit lane I had a really light crash that tucked the front part of the body shell. I decided to be on the track to the second refueling to put it on its place. each time the wind were stronger. Trying to recover positions I did a big mistake in the sweeper flying outside the track and losing one front tire. So the marshal moves the car to the pit where we decided to put four new tires and go to the end of the race. And just one minute later it started to rain, so we had to change again tires to the dump ones. On wet conditions with almost 0 grip even with dump tires I was able to move from 10th to 5th that taking into account how dirty was the final I’m quite happy with it.
Also we had to be happy because we were four Serpent cars in the main final (the chassis brand with more cars in the A main), with Sergio Rivas, Alvaro Fernandez, and Manuel Cendán, finishing the last one in second position!
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I can’t wait to hit the resurfaced Arca track in our next race where I hope to drive much better than in that one!
Dear Team Serpent,
FEMCA 2018 Nitro race was held this past weekend in TRC circuit. Arrived in Hongkong on tuesday late noon and headed to the track to prepare my car together with Felix.
We started practice on wednesday with the Serpent Natrix 748-WC, with the controlled Zac project tires. I broke-in some engines on wednesday and planned to work on setup the following day. However, it rained on thursday and race started on friday.
I was seeded 3rd after Controlled practice.I tried some different setup but it was difficult to drive in the qualifiers and I crashed in both qualifiers and did not complete the run on friday. The following day, we had 3 more qualifiers. Joaquin was at the race on Saturday and provided some great input for the setup. So Felix Law, my team-mate, was going to one direction, and I was going another to see which was better. I had some problems with the battery connection which prevented me from starting 2 out of the 3 rounds on saturday. I had an okay round finishing 3rd. Taking 3 out of 5 rounds from the qualifiers, which also meant that I had to start last from the semi since I’ve completed only one round.
The semi was pretty challenging too. I started well avoiding the traffic ahead but only to get full-speed taken out in the middle section which rolled my car onto the other side of the track. This caused me to suffer a flame out. I worked my way up to 3rd spot. I encountered a strange problem with my front drive-shaft pin and it miraculously broke and left me on 3 wheel drive for the last 5 minutes of the race. I tried to hold onto my position as 3rd would have guaranteed a direct spot in the final, but I couldnt and finished 4th. So I had to wait for the other halves of the semi to see their results. But fortunately, my time was faster and I was in the final.
Starting 9th in the final, I would make my way up to 3rd quickly as many suffered traction rolling in the beginning. My engine was richen-out during the run which caused me to run out of fuel twice. It caused me a lot of time and in the end I would finish 4th. With Thilo not in the FEMCA block, this also handed Felix the FEMCA 2018 win and I would bump up to 3rd overall, so 2 Serpent on the podium.
There are plenty of things I can improve and have less small issues, on so I am feeling positive for the next one.
Germany: Daniel Sieber won the 2018 DMC German 1/12 championships with a prototype Serpent S120 XLR, to be released in coming 2018-2019 season. The new 1/12 scale design is made by Daniel Sieber himself, in close cooperation with David Ehrbar. More news later …
TQ: Daniel Sieber – Serpent
Daniel Sieber – Serpent