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.
UK – Serpent Win FIVE On-Road National Titles in 2017
The best season yet for SERPENT in the UK, with FOUR Nitro and ONE Electric class National Champions in 2017.
Alex Thurston took the 1/10th Nitro 200mm Touring Car National championship without needing to race at the last event. Alex was using the SERPENT 748WC car powered by XRD Engines.
Glyn Beal won the 1/10th Nitro 220mm GT National championship with FIVE wins and FIVE TQ’s achieving the maximum points possible. Glyn was using a SERPENT 748WC car powered by XRD Engines.
Scott Hellawell grabbed the GT8 National Title from Glyn Beal at the last meeting of the season. Scott was using the SERPENT COBRA 3.0 GT car powered by XRD Engines.
Tim Wood after a very busy year, getting married, having a desaturases WC event in France managed to win the last race and took the 1/8th Nitro National championship title back from fellow Serpent driver Mark Green. Tim finished the season with the new SERPENT 988 car powered by XRD Engines.
Alex Thurston also took the 1/8th Electric National championship title again with maximum points FIVE wins and FIVE TQ’s. He was driving the SERPENT 977e EVO2 car, Hobbywing electrics and ARROWMAX lipo’s. The top three drivers in this class were all driving the SERPENT 977e EVO2 car. Craig Woods 2nd and Jaime Patton 3rd.
In 1/10th Electric Touring car Chris Clarke was 8 overall in the National championships using the SERPENT Project 4X car.
Finally thank you to all the UK tracks for hosting the events and to the British Radio Car Association (BRCA) for running the National Series in 2017.
Enjoy your racing let’s get testing for 2018.
ELITE RC RACING
Last weekend was realized the Portuguese cup of the two on road nitro scales 1/10 200mm and 1/8.
We race in 1/10 Adalberto was the driver and me the box man, on saturday we test tyres amd differentials and a new body.
On sunday Adalberto start very strong without mistakes but broke the car two times due to slow drivers on track due to no ranking in this scale because Adalberto only race in EP touring.But in the end of sunday morning we stay in super pole with a list of strong drivers like João Figueiredo – red Samurai, Fred Santos EP touring national champ, Tomás Andrade Euro B tq in this last 1/10 200mm euro in France, it was the first pleasure of the day see my driver with all the track and public for him.So we start in second place in semi B and soon Adalberto was the lider of this semi until he it a slow car loosing the midle belt on track, i start run like a Jamaican for catch the belt and the car, and with help of Serpent distributer Rolando we fix the car in a rush, we back in 5¤ place and we finish in 4¤.
When semi A finish we know we are on main final of this great race.
We start on 10¤ place and Adalberto makes a flawless race with only a set of tyres and win his first race in this class.
What a great weekend
Wood & 988 are 2017 British Champions – 1/8 Nitro
The final round of the British Championship took place at the Cotswold circuit in central UK.
Saturday Morning was damp, so cars hit the circuit for practice in the afternoon only. Noticeable quick cars were Green (988), Wood (988), Spashett, Hastings.
Sunday saw a fully dry track from the start. 4 rounds of qualifying saw Mark Green take superb TQ, but the title contenders lined up 2nd Spashett and 4th Wood. Carr & Hicklin also qualified for the A main – both 977.
The start of the A final saw a Green get away swiftly, with the title protagonists battling hard for second. A close exciting race saw Wood’s 988 hounding Spashett’s ARC. At the second round of pit stops, Tim’s mechanic Nicola performed the undercut – with a pitstop 1 lap early. This allowed Tim to squeeze past Dave into an exciting turn 1.
After 30 mins, the race result was declared as 1st Tim Wood, winning the 2017 British Championship with his XRD powered 988 Viper. 2nd was Dave Spashett with his ARC.
Congratulations on a 5th British Title for Tim with a Serpent – and mechanic Nicola by his side.
Serpent UK / / Elite Models would like to congratulate all Serpent drivers for a great season and look forward to 2018.
Serpent UK / Elite Models