Dear Team Serpent
This was my first SAC, and im thankful for this invitation! As i’ve gotten back from Japan for the AOC finale race, I only started building the 748wc car on tuesday (a day before my flight to Hongkong).
This race was really good for my exposure with the 748wc car because Dominic has a lot of experience with the car already and he was able to impart certain knowledges and assisted me. After practice on friday, I also realised that I’ve made a couple of mistakes on the build and had to change it. The track layout was not difficult, but the traction was strange. It did not feel like the track was high grip, but, it can traction roll easily for some strange reasons. It was the same for everyone. I actually broke my shock tower on the first fuel tank out on the track.
I had a good feeling in the first final when i was really close with Dominic, but a broken exhaust spring ruined the chance to mount a serious challenge for the win. The second final was disaster as my engine tune went completely lean in the warm up laps, and then to completely rich in the race. I had to come in a couple of times to retune the engine. I knew I had to get a good finishing position to be able to complete the podium. I would finish 3rd in this round. Dominic decided not to sit out in the last final, which I wanted to race him in the last one. However, I got tapped from behind in the first corner and dropped some positions. But he was also super fast in the last final and I was unable to close the gap. Also, in the last final, I tried the prototype front bumper which I actually like the feeling of it.
I have couple of disadvantages during this race. First, I brought only 1 type of body which did not work in my favour. Dominic tested the same body i used and put away after only 5 laps on the track. Second, I did not enough track time. But also, I dont want these to be an excuse. I was still happy to finish second, and showed I was close in the first final when racing with Dominic.
I feel really happy to drive the 748wc car. I felt really confident with it. With more track time and test on the car, I believe I will be faster with it and win races.