Results from Peru. Serpent takes 3 podiums spots and many great memories.
England: Thurston wins 1/10 BRCA Nats with Serpent 748-WC. Team mate Zottl takes 2nd place, Owen 3rd !
Here is my report from RD2 of the 1/10th British champs.
This weekend was RD2 of the British National championship with my 1/10th Serpent 748-WC. All weekend my car has been really good like it usually is. A few tweaks here and there and my car was running a good pace in qualifying getting some clean runs while making notes on tyre wear and fuel economy but unfortunately having a few little awkward issues in RD3 and 4 of quali meaning I could only get 3rd on the grid for the final. Just a second back from 1 and 2.
The final came round after a bit of a wait, and it was under way, with tyre strategy being a huge part in this race with some having to do a tyre change (left rear was approx 3.5mm loss after 7 minutes) but I was able to bide my time from 1 and 2 who both had plans for a tyre change (I had tyres ready but didn’t really plan to use them).
As the final went on there was a guys who dropped out and others were on and off the track, we stuck to our plan and with some super smooth driving and great pit stops I was able to win by a nice margin to the rest of the field.
Also a big congratulations to John Zottl after a 6 month break was able to bring a 2nd place home with his Serpent 748-WC and also racing Veteran Mark Owen for driving a consistent race and taking home the 3rd spot!
Thank you to all my sponsors!
Next race is at ENS Rucphen next week!
See you soon!
Last weekend we saw the North German Regionals taking place in Munster. A very nice and modern venue with new asphalt, friendly people and good food prepared by the club. Lars Hoppe took TQ while Merlin Depta set a new track record of 14.071 with his OS powered 988 Viper and beat the fastest lap in Munster by about 0.2sec. To make it Hildesheim’s three again, Timo Schröder found himself in P3 with Andreas Giesa behind him in 4th spot for the final. New star on Serpent gang’s heaven was freshly switched Greek star Kosta Saritsaklis, who found himself in a direct qualifier spot in P6 for the final.
It was Lars who lead the final with a small gap in front of Merlin and Timo who were battling for second position. As Merlin rolled over the car on a curb it was Timo who sat in second spot with Lars still in the lead. After 10min Lars hit technical problems which caused him to go into the pits for one and a half minutes to work his way up through the field again. Meanwhile Timo in first and Merlin in second spot, Timo planned a tire change at the half of the race as the tire wear was on the limit for half an hour. Being the only one in the final to change tires Timo had a flame-out entering the pits for fuel and tires. This gave over the lead to Merlin who was running on the same set of tires for the whole 30 minutes final. Lars fighting his way back to the front he was three laps down on Merlin when they crossed the finish line with Andreas Giesa taking the third podium spot another two laps down.
|1||Merlin Depta||118||30:08.828||Serpent 988 Viper||OS Speed||Blitz TS0040||Matrix||RunnerTime|
|2||Lars Hoppe||115||30:04.701||Shepherd||Reds||Blitz TS0040||HotRace||Brilliant|
|3||Andreas Giesa||113||30:14.228||Shepherd||OS Speed||Xtreme||Matrix||Brilliant|
Kosta Saritsaklis (Serpent 988 Viper) took the first spot in K2 in front of Dietmar Reuter (Shepherd) and Jens Bünting (Serpent 988 Viper).
A big shoutout to all the Serpent drivers who switched over the winter time and enjoy the drive of “The Snake”!
See you on the track.
Link to car: http://promo.serpent.com/988viper/
Serpent wins Northwest regionals 1/8 Off & On Road
Last weekend, several regional championships take place at Galicia in the Northwest of Spain.
In 1/8 Off Road Nitro, Cristian Villar takes TQ & Win with Serpent SRX8 EVO and setting the fastest lap at A Estrada track. Jaime Vanaclocha also with SRX8 takes the second place of the podium. Difficult race at a rough track. Other Serpent drivers disputed A-Main with less luck… Awesome support by BRP family in the pits (Andreia, Auro, Luis…). Seems difficult to do all best! Congratulations!
Also, 1/8 On road Nitro and F1 & TC electric round 1 take place at the same time at Orense track. Always difficult for all drivers as at this track no little mistake is allowed!
Young Serpent driver Alvaro Fernandez takes the final win in 1/8 On Road Nitro fighting all the race with Reigning Spanish Champion Iñaki Otero Taboada with both drivers in a no tyre-change strategy for the 30 min A-Main. Iñaki dominates the final from pole position in the begining, with Alvaro always 2-3 seconds behind him. A little mistake entering the pits for Alvaro allowed Iñaki to take an advantage of 10 seconds but at the end on the final Alvaro was recovering the distance and with Iñaki suffering with tyres, Alvaro takes the 1st position with 1 min to the end and taking the win and setting the fastest lap of the final. Bad luck to Manuel Cendan, also with Serpent 988 who was able to pass Alvaro at the starting of the final but was long in the second corner and suffered a crash and can´t continue. Congratulations to all!
Also electric categories take place. In TC Fran Miño takes the win with Andres Gonzalez and David Regueiro completing the podium.
In F1 again Fran Miño takes the win with two Sepent SF3 completing the podium with Andres Gonzalez and Francisco Bello.
Congratulations to everybody and all Serpent Team! See you at nice Vigo track for the 2nd round!
A little bit late I know but last weekend was the first national for 1/10th circuit, and it was a strange race as my Dad who is my mechanic wasn’t at this race so I had to go on my own and have friends help pit for me!
I was racing 200mm and managed to take the Win even without my Dad who makes me feel more confident know my car is always 100%.
1st place at RD1 some 4 and a 1/2 laps up on 2nd place! My XRD Powered Serpent 748 WC was absolutely fantastic in the final. I was able to push the car so hard when I had to and also cruise as well. The car was awesome on both large and small tyres which meant I could start on big tyres and just go full attack for the whole final!
During the Race me and my Mechanic for the final Mathew Baker decided that because we had such a big lead that we would reduce the pitstops to 4 minutes 30 as by the 2nd pitstop we were 2 laps in front! This just left us both just wanting to reach the finish line and take points!
I would like to thank Matt for doing a fantastic job during the final! Pulling off fantastic pitstops the whole race and doing them accurately which not many people can do! I would also like to give a massive thank you to Phil Draycott for pitting for me during Sunday’s qualifing and also for letting me use his starter box as dad had mine! Thanks a bunch lads really appreciate it!
As well as a few others who also helped me out during the weekend with stuff that Dad would of taken charge of.
Also a Fantastic result for team serpent who took the win in all 3 classes with a big lead in each!
Well done lads
Next race is EFRA GP RD1 in Italy which I am really excited about!
See you track side soon!
Thanks to my sponsors:
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/