Stotfold UK National Report
Held on the weekend of 26th/27th of August
2wd Saturday and 4wd Sunday
Weather looked good which really means a dry bumpy, mega high grip track for the racers.
The Team Serpent Gazebo was up, and we had 9 Serpent cars racing SRX2 in 2wd and 10 racing SDX4 in the 4wd class. The most at National level so far.
All of our Spyder SRX2 cars looked good in practice. We didn’t need to change much of anything.
All the Team did well through qualification.
We toyed with the idea of changing some set ups via the Team but Simon wanted to stay safe and make sure we were in the main A final before we tried some set up stuff.
Simon had good scores and with 3 rounds scoring 5th meant he was going to be safe in the main.
Some set up changes were tried in round 4 and the finals and the car was not any better or worse in any major way.
The rest of the Team was doing well and was inputting to set-up feedback. All did really well.
We did not have the best results in the finals but the car was certainly competitive once more. Simon liked the set up change of lowering the diff in the gearbox so slowly he is getting the grips to what he requires from the cars. J
As the factory knows we were trying some different stuff on the Spyder SDX4 as we found it generating enormous grip that makes the car difficult to drive on high grip conditions. With the added bumpy surface, this was going to be a challenge to say the least.
I had opportunities to try my car before the event and did very well at a BRCA regional event. I personally felt confident.
Simon could not run the saddles pack configuration, as he simply did not have any saddle Lipos available to him. He therefore changed his car to a shorty across the rear with an added weight of 90g giving an extremely similar car to saddles. Some of the Team guys did likewise and converted to the layout of saddles.
Practice went well for most and changes were minimal.
Simon and I were running additional caster on our cars. With some modifications of a 3rd party part, we managed to get to try this in full competition and for sure the cars were easier to drive. It would add up to approximately 10-11 deg caster.
Like mentioned the track was extremely grippy and very bumpy in places. It did not help with the club running a fast layout. Jumps were in place as well as adverse camber corners, humps and all sorts to content with on a lap. A very difficult track with near everyone making errors.
Simon managed a 9th in round one with a few minor mistakes. The Team had 4 or 5 cars in the top 40 which at UK National standard is excellent.
Round 2 we made some changes to the shocks and Simon managed 4th in round. Again the whole Team was going quicker and quicker which was and is very encouraging.
Round 3 was upon us very quickly and this was extremely close at the top as much as I have ever seen in. Simon improved his time and was on to have near equal 2nd worse way 3rd in round but a couple of bobbles at the later part of his run saw some guys just get in front of him. There was something like 3 secs splitting 10-12 drivers. Very close.
Anyway, we managed to get Simon in the main A final in 8th and then we decided to play with set ups a little more. After playing with Simons car we/he managed to get down to 21.1 sec lap times that was really pleasing and to say the least fast compared to the majority of the fast guys. We had a drive shaft failure in leg 1 of the final while we were in a good position. Finishing 7th overall and the first ever SDX4 main at National level was a really good result.
The rest of the Team did really well too with some very good results for many.
The Stotfold results were a big improvement all round…..feeling excited for sure.
We learned even more this weekend as a Team and we all look forward to the future.
Regards to all, Tony Evdoka, Team Serpent
The 4th round of Czech Nationals
Another race of Czech National series was held this past weekend in Skřipov. The race entries were about 50 cars in both categories. So the competition was tough. There were 10 Serpent cars in racing field. On Friday afternoon we participated in free practice before the race. We set up our cars for this really tight and bumpy track.
On Saturday there were 3 rounds of qualifying and then triple finals for Ebuggy category and lower finals and main final for ICbuggy category. For qualifications the track crew watered the track, so we were running in a bit wet conditions with good grip around whole track. In Ebuggies we got 3 cars in the A-main with Jiri Mara on the 4th spot, Marek Ornst on the 5th spot and Vaclav Broz on the 6thspot. In Nitro category 3 Serpent cars went straight into the semi-finals with Jiri Mara, Frantiske Kalenda and Petr Klatovsky.
For the final rounds the track became super dry and track crew decided to not water it anymore. We were struggling with finding setups for our SRX8 Cobras for this rapidly changed conditions, so we ended with just getting nylon inserts from all of the arms out to get more traction. From the triple mains in Ebuggy category went Jiri on the 4th place, Marek on the 6th place and Vaclav on the 7thplace. Top 3 spots of B-main were all Serpent cars with Tony Hybler, Jakub Hybler and Jan Domansky. In the nitro main went all 3 Serpent guys from semi-finals. In the final Frantisek had big issues with engine so he finished the 13th, Petr Klatovsky finished the 10th and Jiri Mara after big mistake on the first lap recovered to the 3rd place, where he stayed to the end.
Unfortunately it was one of the worst nationals so far, so heads up and we will be stronger and faster next time.
Middle swedish cup round 5
Final at MSK Kvarnvingarna i Mjölby
We had rain in the nigt so the track was very wet. The practice was delayed and one round was deleted. Practise went good. We found a good setup till the qualification. It went okay and I finished 7th in the first round. We made changes into the 2nd and 3rd (swaybar 3mm and tyres) round and we sat the fastest qualification run, and that made me 2nd in qualification.
Before we came to this track we changed the setup compared to the last time. We changed to harder springs and thicker oil in chocks and thinner diff oils.
The track was drying up and was smooth. In the semi I had car 1 and made a good and cleen start, I was consistent and finnished 2nd.
I was starting at P3 for the A final. I made a good start and after one lap I was in the lead. Now I was in my pace and pulled away from the rest, I had a lead with 15 seconds at the most. Top 5 cars were all in 15-25 second gap. Then wen it was 5 minutes left I flipped the car and Per past me so I was in 2nd place. I tried to push hard to pass him but he was very consistent. He won with 3 seconds and I finnished 2nd. To win the whole cup I had to come 2 places better then Jessica Pålsson, she was in 3rd when Micke Svensson past her only 3 minutes left in the final so she came in 4th place. And I was the champion/winner of the MSC CUP 2017. It was a tight and still race/cup with many of the best drivers in Sweden.
I was happy about my pace and consistency and the amazing Serpent SRX 8, powerd with Bullit B220 and Sweep racing tyres.
Driver Pontus Larsson and Mechanic Jonas Larsson
Headed home from the 2017 ROAR E-Nats! First off I want to give a huge shoutout to Paul Ciccarello for all the help and dedication that he put in for me, Adam, & Griffin this week, it’s greatly appreciated! Also thank you to Ron Schuur for all the speedo help! I ran Ebuggy and Etruggy this weekend. My Ebuggy we made changes and it got better and better, and my Etruggy we kept making changes and finally got it dialed for the mains! I ran AKA Soft/Soft-longwear Gridirons on both cars! I was able to qualify 3rd in the B-main of Ebuggy and 6th in the B-main of Etruggy! In the B-main of a Etruggy I had a decent start and worked my way slowly to 3rd where 2nd place made a mistake and I took the advantage and bumped to the A-main! In A1, I had a good charge and took 8th! In A2, I had a decent run where I would finish 13th. Finally in A3, I had another good charge and worked my way up to another 8th pace finish which put me 11th overall! In the B-main of Ebuggy, I had great race overall! I had great battles up front with my Serpent teammate Griffin Hanna! We battled basically the whole entire race where he would beat me by sixteenth’s at the line, and we were only about 2 seconds of the bump spot! Overall. Had an awesome time and can’t wait for the Picco Cup next weekend at LCRC!
Thank you again to “Chicky”, my mom & Dad, and all my sponsors for the continued support!
Race Report Pattaya ChallengeJust a week ago I attended a race in Thailand at the famous Pattaya track. Host of the 2010 Ifmar World Championships. I was running the Serpent Cobra SRX8.
Our team got results from RC Arena 1/8 Off Road Championship last Week.
1st : Jeon Hanyoung – Serpent
2nd : Kim Jihun – HB
3rd : Jang Wonsuk – Serpent
9th : Shin Dongcheol – Serpent
10th : Kim Sangyup – Serpent
1st : Jeon Hanyoung -Serpent
2nd : Ju Wonkyu – TLR
3rd : Shin Dongcheol – Serpent
4th : Yun Insung – Serpent
8th : Jang Jongman – Serpent
Link to the cars:
Dani held his first competition by his shop name “DCRC 1/8 Off-Road Championship”.
Around 150 drivers attended to the race and our team got good results.
***Pro Buggy Class***
1st : Hwang Sunyoung
2nd : Jeon Hanyoung (SRX8)
3rd : Shin Dongcheol (SRX8)
8th : Jang Wonseok (SRX8)
Jeon almost got the win but did mistake just before the finish.
***EP Buggy Class***
1st : Hwang Sunyoung
2nd : Jeon Hanyoung (SRX8-e)
3rd : Jin Sunghyun
5th : Shin Dongcheol (SRX8-e)
11th : Jang Jongman (Cobra-e)