Winternats 2018 Fort Myers in Florida
The 2k18 season started with the winternats in Fort Myers for me. I travelled together with Merlin Depta and we helped us also together in the pits. I drove this time again with my 748 Natrix WC. The practise started very difficult, because the track asphalt was complete new and the guys from the track prepared the track with a lot of sugar water.
It was not easy to find the right setup because of the high traction and the bumpy surface but after one day of practise the car felt very great and comfortable for this very difficult track.
At the first qualification day it rained a bit in the morning and the traction changed also. We ran 6 qualifiers on 2 days and the best single run will be counted. In the first run I had problems with the changed balance from my car and broke also a tire after a wall contact, so apolaro drove his best run of qualification. After the first run the track changed again and was a lot slower. On Friday afternoon in the last qualification it was possible for me to beat apolaro´s time by 1 second.
My strategy for the 35 minutes final was refuelling by 4.30, because 5 minutes was to close and on this track you lost only 3-4 seconds by one fuel stop. Tire wear was pretty high and I wanted to change 2 times all 4 tires.
After the start only apolaro and I pulled away from the rest of the field and after 5 minutes I had a comfortable lead from 4 seconds. At the first refuelling we saw that DJ is on a 5 minutes fuel strategy. But before his second pit stop he ran the first of 2 times out of fuel. After this I changed my strategy and changed only one times tires and drove safe the race home.
A big thanks to my pit crew in the final with Merlin Depta and Tim Vogels.
We had a lot of fun on and off the tracks with the awesome guys from serpent America.
It was a nice adventure on this very special track, and yes I broke also some suspension parts there 😀
A big thanks to the organizers. They did a perfect job the whole week.
And also thanks to my sponsors which made this all possible.
Serpent, Arrowmax, Novarossi, RunnerTime, Sanwa, Matrix, Xtreme, SRC, Xceed, RcBay, RcaDecals and Dmarghe´s bodie paint.
My next big race will be the first round of the Efra GP Series in Fiorano.
See you on the track
link to car: http://promo.serpent.com/748wc/