Had an amazing time at the KO PROPO GRAND PRIX.
Brian and crew did an amazing job as always.
My Picco powered Serpent Cobra GT 3.0 was amazing all weekend, I was able to TQ and bring home the win. Congrats to David for qualifying in second place and finishing in third place after some engine trouble during the main.
In sedan things didn’t go as planned. In qualifying I was a little off the pace but I was able to qualify in second place, for the main I found the pace I was missing on my Picco powered Serpent 748 WC, however an incident in the beginning of the race left me with a broken rear left tire and had to race 28 of the 30 minutes main like that. I was lucky to finish in second place after a hard charge from Bryce at the end of the race.
After all I had a great time. And would like to thank all my sponsors for the great product they provide.
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The 4rd round of french Championship was held at the Track Besançon
1. Abel Martinez Cobra GT e 3.0
2.Roger Capelleman HB
3. Luc Despontin HB
Link to the car: http://promo.serpent.com/gt3e/
Setup: CobraGTe_3.0 Besançon
Race report Mid-German regionals Rd2
The second round of Mig-German onroad regionals took place in Kirchhain. With 46 drivers and sunny Saturday for practice the event was quiet well visited. With a little bit rain in the night, Sunday morning the third and fourth rounds of qualification most of the drivers decided not to drive. 1/8 the only drivers who were able to make the 25 laps in qualification were polesetter Oliver Mack and Merlin Depta, former European and vice-European champion. Lining up in the grid on 3rd position it was Patrick Schäfer.
Starting in the A-main Oliver and Merlin slightly broke away from the rest of the field with Patrick still not far away behind the duo. Merlin and Oli hard a hard but clean fight switching positions in the infield and during pitting. A thrilling fight with two different strategies, Oli running on a one-stop tire change strategy while Merlin calculated to not change at all during the 30min final run. The tire wear was on the edge and the fight was super close just before the third pit stop where Oli flamed out just one corner in front of Merlin. The reason was a broken piston pin retainer ring of Oli’s engine. With Merlin Depta out in the lead who also set the fastest lap of the race, Patrick Schäfer in second and Dennis Weihert on third spot they finally came in.
|1. Merlin Depta||144 laps||30:10.378||11.800 sec||Serpent 977 EVO2||O.S. Speed R2102||RunnerTime||Matrix|
|2. Patrick Schäfer||136 laps||30:07.011||11.950 sec||Shepherd Velox||Picco||Brilliant RC||Matrix|
|3. Dennis Weihert||135 laps||30:02.139||12.035 sec||Infinity||Picco||MLC||Matrix|
In 1/10 ist was Dirk Wischnewski who was benchmark during the whole Weekend. With a start finish win nobody was able to challenge him. A little bit back in the field it was Dennis Sting who had a superb pace with only a little bit bad luck in qualification starting from P7 and Marcus May, who qualified 4th in the grid. In the final Dennis Sting was suffering from a flame out but he knew he had the pace to make it to the front again. With Dirk Wischnewski far away in the lead, Marcus May in second spot and Dennis back in third position, Dennis pushed maximum with just a few minutes to go. Being well known for his tire saving driving skills and only three minutes to go, Dennis pushed his car into second position with a chanceless May who was almost down to the rims.
|1. Dirk Wischnewski||129 laps||30:04.110||13.374 sec||Mugen MTX6||ORCAN||ORCAN||Matrix|
|2. Dennis Sting||123 laps||30:08.790||13.625 sec||Serpent 748 Natrix WC||Picco||RunnerTime||Arrowmax|
|3. Marcus May||122 laps||30:00.200||13.987 sec||Serpent 748 Natrix WC||ORCAN||RunnerTime||Arrowmax|
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Serpent dutch GT cup goes Gouda
If the title sounds cheesy, well that is because Gouda is one of Hollands cheese capitals! But that had nothing to do with this second outing of the Dutch Serpent GT cup.
Still in the beginning stages, this new raceformat is attracting new drivers every race. New additions for this event were Koen Geurds returning to Nitro racing and Boris Kolff, 9 year old son of rc veteran Julius Kolff, who would compete in his first race.
Gouda is a smallish track and we were curious how the big GTs that must run in stock raceroller/rtr condition would fare. They did great! The combination of control tires engines and stock cars made for very close racing, and the atmosphere amongst drivers was really good.
After the dust had settled, they are part buggy in dna, the TQ went to Koen Geurds who was fast but also really consistent all day.
Running the same 2, 20 minute final system of the Nitro 1/10 national series everybody got a lot of track time.
Both finals the fight for the top spot would be between Koen Geurds and Jan Schelling. But behind them the battle for the last podium spot was intense too! Boris took the 3rd spot in the first final with very nice driving, staying out of trouble and racking up the laps.
In the second final Richard Jacobs would claim 3rd spot but with another mature drive, if you can use that phrase on a 9 year old, Boris took 4th and when all was added up 3rd overall!
The GT cup is quickly maturing and the drivers and organisers are working together to give all drivers a great time. As mechanic for Boris I had a fantastic day. The Serpent GT raceroller with the compulsory XRD engine needed only fuel and a drop of oil on the driveshafts all day! A great raceclass for both beginners and drivers that want maximum runtime and mimimum wrench time!