Stotfold UK National Report
Held on the weekend of 26th/27th of August
2wd Saturday and 4wd Sunday
Weather looked good which really means a dry bumpy, mega high grip track for the racers.
The Team Serpent Gazebo was up, and we had 9 Serpent cars racing SRX2 in 2wd and 10 racing SDX4 in the 4wd class. The most at National level so far.
All of our Spyder SRX2 cars looked good in practice. We didn’t need to change much of anything.
All the Team did well through qualification.
We toyed with the idea of changing some set ups via the Team but Simon wanted to stay safe and make sure we were in the main A final before we tried some set up stuff.
Simon had good scores and with 3 rounds scoring 5th meant he was going to be safe in the main.
Some set up changes were tried in round 4 and the finals and the car was not any better or worse in any major way.
The rest of the Team was doing well and was inputting to set-up feedback. All did really well.
We did not have the best results in the finals but the car was certainly competitive once more. Simon liked the set up change of lowering the diff in the gearbox so slowly he is getting the grips to what he requires from the cars. J
As the factory knows we were trying some different stuff on the Spyder SDX4 as we found it generating enormous grip that makes the car difficult to drive on high grip conditions. With the added bumpy surface, this was going to be a challenge to say the least.
I had opportunities to try my car before the event and did very well at a BRCA regional event. I personally felt confident.
Simon could not run the saddles pack configuration, as he simply did not have any saddle Lipos available to him. He therefore changed his car to a shorty across the rear with an added weight of 90g giving an extremely similar car to saddles. Some of the Team guys did likewise and converted to the layout of saddles.
Practice went well for most and changes were minimal.
Simon and I were running additional caster on our cars. With some modifications of a 3rd party part, we managed to get to try this in full competition and for sure the cars were easier to drive. It would add up to approximately 10-11 deg caster.
Like mentioned the track was extremely grippy and very bumpy in places. It did not help with the club running a fast layout. Jumps were in place as well as adverse camber corners, humps and all sorts to content with on a lap. A very difficult track with near everyone making errors.
Simon managed a 9th in round one with a few minor mistakes. The Team had 4 or 5 cars in the top 40 which at UK National standard is excellent.
Round 2 we made some changes to the shocks and Simon managed 4th in round. Again the whole Team was going quicker and quicker which was and is very encouraging.
Round 3 was upon us very quickly and this was extremely close at the top as much as I have ever seen in. Simon improved his time and was on to have near equal 2nd worse way 3rd in round but a couple of bobbles at the later part of his run saw some guys just get in front of him. There was something like 3 secs splitting 10-12 drivers. Very close.
Anyway, we managed to get Simon in the main A final in 8th and then we decided to play with set ups a little more. After playing with Simons car we/he managed to get down to 21.1 sec lap times that was really pleasing and to say the least fast compared to the majority of the fast guys. We had a drive shaft failure in leg 1 of the final while we were in a good position. Finishing 7th overall and the first ever SDX4 main at National level was a really good result.
The rest of the Team did really well too with some very good results for many.
The Stotfold results were a big improvement all round…..feeling excited for sure.
We learned even more this weekend as a Team and we all look forward to the future.
Regards to all, Tony Evdoka, Team Serpent