USA: Law with 4X in stock, Timezone GP TQ and win
Mike Lyday, Joliet, IL
Last weekend the Swedish nitro on-road nationals was held on the big and very fast Örebro track. Drivers from Sweden, Norway and Denmark attended the race. It is very fun to see that the 1/8 class is popular and growing in number of participants for every year now.
Weather forecast was bad for Saturday. A lot of rain was expected and the forecast proved to be correct. Therefore the time schedule was revised and it was decided during drivers briefing that 2 rounds of qualification was to run on Sunday morning.
Some drivers decided to run in the wet conditions on Saturday anyway. Mikael Fransson was one of them and held the provisional pole over the night in front of Bengt Andersson.
On Sunday the weather was nice and the remaining two rounds was held in dry and fair conditions. Obviously the dry conditions meant improved times from Saturday and again it was Mikael who was quickest, this time in front of Norweigan top driver Tom-Erik Haaversen. Due to the revised time schedule the Super Pole format was cancelled and four drivers made it directly into the final instead.
Top four after qualification:
1- Mikael Fransson – Serpent 977
2- Tom-Erik Haaversen
3- Magnus Bengtsson
4- Bengt Andersson
In the final Mikael Fransson was able to pull away directly from the start. Behind him it was a close battle between Magnus and Tom-Erik until the latter ran into problems. This meant Magnus could take second in front of Per-Ola Hård who ran a solid final and finished third.
Final results, top three
1- Mikael Fransson Serpent 977
2- Magnus Bengtsson
3- Per-Ola Hård Serpent 977
Full results can be found on myrcm!
Thanks to Örebro racing club for hosting a really fun event despite difficult weather conditions.
Team Serpent Sweden – SPT
Link to the car
Ens round 2 is in the books. The race started at thursday with free practise in groups. It was the first time we used the brand new 988 Prototyp car. The first day we all must learn the car and how to handle it. So after the first day i find myself on 20th position. After a few meetings with the whole team we found a good setup after practise but the difficult and everytime different track conditions made it not so easy for us to have the right setup at the right time. The competition was again on the highest level and but it was possible for me to reach the final direkt on 9th position. I was not almost happy with my setup, so we discussed after the qualifikation and changed some small things for the training in front of the final. Maybe this time i was the only serpent car in the final, because my mates had some troubles in their finals. But for sure the potential was there to have two or three cars in the main.
The final went okay for me at the first half of the race. I could drove constant laptimes without mistakes and after the tire change i was in 4th position only 1 lap behind the leader. But after 30 Minutes my glow plug broke and i lost 4 laps in the pits. Bad luck this time. Maybe a podium position would have been possible. So only a dissapointed 8th position for me.
We had a lot of fun on and beside the track with the whole team and the teamwork made this final possible. The 988 showed great performance for the first rollout and we are very close to the top guys.
Also my 1:8 skills improve step by step.
I want to thank my pitman Tobias Kerler this time and Michael Salven for an excellent tire stop and brillant refuelings. Also thanks to all my sponsors which made this all possible and for the trust in me.
Next race is the european championship 1:10 for me with my 748 Natrix WC.
See u on the track.