Netherlands: Daan Jacobs with Serpent 747 / Max / Xceed /Xceed won the National in Gouda, and is already now 2012 National Champion. Great result, congratulations. Jacobs will also attend the EC in Italy and the WC in Thailand later this year. Ready for more action.
Daan Jacobs takes Dutch Championship
Round 4 and for last Dutch National took place at the MBC de Sluis in Gouda.
The weather forecast for Saturday was bad with allots rain expected. The summer in Holland is still to begin.
Between the rainshowers on Saturday there was little time to do some set-up driving.
Numerous of drivers, who made the journey despite of the forecast had the luck of a dry morning run. After some heavy rain a few drivers could do some practise in the last hour.The forecast for Sunday should give the drivers hope for drier racing on this tight and technical track.
During qualification on Sunday morning, drivers were able to do their first rounds in really sunny conditions. However the little use of the track during the past weeks due to bad weather and the whole night before there was poor grip on the track.
Unfortunately the drivers had only two qualification rounds dry to set their best times.
In the first run Jacobs took the first spot before Rombouts and Borghoff.
After the second run Rombouts took TQ by less than two hundreds of a second, despite the fastest lap was for Jacobs. Borghoff and de Jong taking third and fourth position.
The other finals were driving in really wet conditions.
Before the main final the rain stopped and now it was really important to make right choice of tires and preparation from car in still wet is never easy. All different choices of tires made this final an exiting one.
Rombout and de Jong choose the tire that was the best for the wet and Jacobs tires should be better when the circuit was drying out.
And so it was, at the beginning of the final Rombout and the Jong could pull away and after 10 minutes of racing they were almost a lap ahead of Jacobs.
But due another fuel strategy and the tires became better as the track dried up, Jacobs could slowly increase his speed, After De Jong choose to change tires and Rombouts losing valuable time Jacobs could take the lead and win the race.
With still one round to drive the distance from Jacobs to his fellow racers is too big and become already the Dutch Champion 2012.
Now need to get ready for the EC in Italy.
Team Serpent Netherlands