EOS Poland October 2017
On arrival at the exhibition hall, I was pleasantly surprised to see the track; rostrum and pitting facilities layout out for the racers were all very nice.
The track gave a variety of high grip corner and some interesting jumps. While though I understand protecting the carpet with landing areas, as soon as the carpet is doubled up, in my opinion the landings become like a spring board for every car whatever make and model and this doesn’t add for super nice racing. The superstar drivers can handle this because of their super accurate driving, but the average people for sure suffer. This was evident to me after only a few practice heats. Still a very nice layout and no one can fault the super efforts in the track building.
I thought I practiced well at home on EOS carpet. It turns out to be at home its more like EOS ‘style’ carpet as this stuff in Europe is mega high grip. My 2wd efforts with Spyder SRX2 HT Team were OK and never ended up with a chance to get a clear qualifier in at any stage. The European style of driving is super aggressive and to be honest it even surprised me. I am being told that referring at these events is near non-existing so it’s more like every man for himself.
We worked well as a Team with Klas Bredberg, Marius Kristensen and David Burton.
Marius did very well and with some set up tips from some older heads actually got his best ever EOS result. More to come so watch this space J
I felt our 4wd Spyder SDX4 was more on the pace although the results did not reflect this.
David and I were quick in practice yet Marius and Klas were better in qualifications.
I remember at one stage, a competitor standing next to me on the rostrum, shouted at the marshal so loudly, I actually got scared! In the UK, it is forbidden to talk on the rostrum. To shout as he did would be disqualification for sure.
The 4wd front tyres in my opinion are the wrong tyres for the surface. Whenever I see drivers spending 45 mins as a minimum preparing tyres by cutting off all or most of the spikes, dremeling sounds and smells of burnt rubber, as well as gluing all the side walls and in some cases the surface of the tyre too, in my opinion its sort of obvious the stagger ribs were a better front tyre option.
The blue SDX4 in the image is a driver pimped version of the SDX4 wit home made battery stays ( to have the lipo across in the back).
Personally, I learned a lot for my 1st EOS and for sure many things will be better for the next one.
It was great to meet so many people from Europe and from beyond too. It was also very interesting to eat some Polish Steak Tartare…..you must try it if you’re brave enough 🙂
Catch you all soon, Tony Evdoka ‘Team Serpent’