Spain: race report Nacho Lopez 1/8 nats
1ST ROUND SPANISH NATS ALMUSSAFES REPORT
After our worst season during 2017 in my rc career, we started again a new season, with new motivations. I build up my new Serpent Viper 988 over winter and applied the new body paint design.
The first race was hold last weekend in my home track, Almussafes, were the luck is never on my side.
1) Friday: I arrived to the track in the afternoon and I only had 5 free practice rounds. From the first one I felt the car ok, so I did small changes to be more comfortable. However we had a big issue with the difference wear between front and rear tires, that worried me a lot for the long runs. At the end of the day we had a good pace doing a lot of laps between 17-6 and 17.8, but two other drivers were able to make faster laps than me, so I was not 100% confident to have enough speed to fight for the TQ.
2) Saturday: For the first control practice round I decided to move up the rear lower wishbone and for sure it was much better. The car was faster and the issue with the tires wear disappeared. The pace was more or less the same, however I was much more comfortable with the car.
In the first qualy I did a mistake in the first lap and then I drove like a bullshit making a really bad first qualy.
The second one was better, and I was able to improve my time 4 seconds but not enough to make the TQ.
In the third one I was able to improve my time making the TQ. My car was quite nice, super easy to drive and I had a really constant pace, maybe not enough fast because I used the third time the same tires. I had the tq but only 0.05 seconds!
For the four round I decided to leave the car as it is and just prepare a new set of tires and concentrate on my driving, as I thought I was able to be more aggressive. But it started to rain so I had the TQ and I was directly classified to the main final!
3) Sunday: As weather forecasts said it stated step by step a heavy wing that makes really hard and difficult to drive this small cars. The main final started ok and I was first without taking risks till the first fuel stop. Leaving the pit lane I had a really light crash that tucked the front part of the body shell. I decided to be on the track to the second refueling to put it on its place. each time the wind were stronger. Trying to recover positions I did a big mistake in the sweeper flying outside the track and losing one front tire. So the marshal moves the car to the pit where we decided to put four new tires and go to the end of the race. And just one minute later it started to rain, so we had to change again tires to the dump ones. On wet conditions with almost 0 grip even with dump tires I was able to move from 10th to 5th that taking into account how dirty was the final I’m quite happy with it.
Also we had to be happy because we were four Serpent cars in the main final (the chassis brand with more cars in the A main), with Sergio Rivas, Alvaro Fernandez, and Manuel Cendán, finishing the last one in second position!
my Set-up in serpent.com
I can’t wait to hit the resurfaced Arca track in our next race where I hope to drive much better than in that one!