Alex’s National Race report
Arriving at the track on Saturday morning at around 9am. I set my pit area up ready for the weekend made coffee and then we were ready to practice. The car was already prepared by my father before we arrived at the race track. At this track because the onroad track hasn’t been used too much in the past year it was first about trying to build some traction up on the track, my car was pretty good ever since the start of the weekend and ultimately left me right at the front of Saturdays open practice being the quickest.
Sunday morning and the track was dry but the sky is full of rain clouds so we would miss the Sunday morning 10 minute practice round and drive the first qualification. I finish 2nd just a little bit behind my team mate Mark Green after I made some little mistakes and traffic problems. Rounds 2,3 and 4 of qualification we chose not to drive as there is no gain because the track is a wet.
I will start 2nd for the final.
The final….. it was pretty crazy. The track was now dry after the rain stopped during the lunch break. The warm up was fine and my car was good and ready for a 30 minute dry race. As the we were called to the start line….. RAIN!!! But we were already walking to the start so we can not turn back. 2 drivers had time to change to damp tyres 1 of them was Young Serpent superstar Ollie Williams who by the way had never raced 1/10th IC with a wet track before till that day, he started with damp tyres and soon got to the front and got a great lead! Lapping very fast and consistent. After the start and a few laps in I was the front car that had dry tyres on during these conditions. I made the call after 3.30 minutes to change to damp foam tyres because the rain was not slowing up, also some other car followed my call and came in also. After a good clean tyre change I was back out and on the hunt to close in the gap which was pretty big as Ollie was still lapping really fast so it was a hard fight to come back. Eventually it dried up again after around 15 minutes of using damp tyres. So again I came in during my standard pitstop and put dry tyres back on. With the track now almost completely dry and dry tyres on I was able to put the hammer down and push away from the other guys, finishing almost 2 laps clear by the end of the final. A fantastic and exciting race with mixed conditions. I would just like to congratulate Ollie again on his fantastic 2nd place holding off a hard charging Mark Green, finishing 1 lap in front.
Also a quick shout out to Daniel Jones and Glyn Beal for TQ’ing and winning both the 1/8th GT class and the 1/10th 220mm class with there Serpent cars as well!
All in all my XRD powered Serpent 748-WC ran faultless all weekend so I am really happy!
Mum and Dad!
XRD Engines (Francesco and Gino)
Contact Racing tyres
Velocity racing fuel
Next race is at the same track this weekend for the 1/8th national championship!
See you at the track!