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
I knew from last year the F110SF3 is a great car on carpet. But the new tires were a bit unknown to most drivers.
We did some preparation at Mibosport cup, where Anna Wysgol had a great result, and I did some testing. But with this kind of changes, and competitors upgrading their cars, you never know where you are until everybody shows their cards at the first big race.
Having focused on the preparation of the 4x evo introduction the recent weeks, I was happy to see the performance in practice was good. Actually I topped free practice. Tim Benson also showed a good pace with the F110 SF3 when he finished controlled practice as 2nd while I was 3rd fastest with three consecutive laps. So our pace was good.
In qualifying I pushed a bit too much in Q1, which cost me some time as the car went sideways, and in Q2 the car was set up too aggressive, with a DNF.
In Q3 the car was really good, I just lost too much time in the first lap when I needed to get used to the car, which cost me the first spot, and in Q4 I made a perfect run, until I closed up on another driver in the last lap who cost me some time, finishing just 0.2s behind Jan Ratheisky. So I was starting from P2.
The first final was a close win for Jan. We both pushed our cars as much as possible from the first to the last lap, but I had no chance to come close enough to really try a pass, finishing just one second behind.
In the second Final I was directly behind his rear axle from the start, but trying to pass cost me some time, so Luke Lee had the chance on a pass on me, which ended him hitting the curb. So it was me chasing Jan again. I closed up on him quickly, and was following him closely for some laps until he went sideways end of the straight. After our cars touched, I was in the lead, with him directly behind for a few laps. Pushing hard trying to build up a gap, I eventually touched a wall, so he could get take the position back on the inside line, with Luke directly behind me.
The rest of the final I could follow Jan closely but could not make another pass.
The last Final Jan could sit out, but I had to win that roud to secure my second spot.
I had another nice fight with Luke Lee in the opening laps, until I could build up a gap later during the run.
In the end we finished 2nd and 4th, which is another good result with the F110 SF3.
It was also good to see that we had 2 more cars in the B final, and many customers being happy with the performance and handling of the car.
See you at the track.
Soooooo! That time of the year again for me. I feel that it is necessary for me to reflect on my summer racing season. Honestly if I’d of thought I was going to achieve some of this at the start of the year I would of been really happy!
200mm Nitro British Champion!
1/8th electric British Champion!
ENS RD1 – 8th
ENS RD4 – 9th
ENS Overall -9th
European A Championship Finalist- 9th
Although in all of my international main finals this year I came across natural racing problems/issues I am still really happy with what my family, sponsors and me achieved this year! What I am most happy about this year is I feel my racing skill has matured more which has helped me keep my emotions back. Don’t get me wrong I was disappointed at the fact that some of my international races were ended due to others or materials but I still feel very satisfied with my season because I now know the pace was there.
I am now going to do that dreaded thing which I know many laugh at me for doing but I feel it is the right thing to do. Thank a few people for big or small things!!
Firstly and most importantly Julie Thurston and Martin Thurston!
I mean what can I say…. the long and short of it is with out them nothing would be possible never mind racing but over the years they have sacrificed a lot of things for me to race and now I am glad they are being repaid with early retirement and a nice comfy life ❤️ thank you ever so much! 😘
The people I would like to thank next is a couple who have had a great amount of faith in me and have done a lot of work to help me succeed! Jill Salven and Michael Salven! I really thank you for everything! I’m sure we can improve and achieve so much more!
Daniel Jones!!! I genuinely don’t think there is a better person to share a racing weekend with!! It’s hilarious, but on a serious note I am incredibly grateful for everything Dan has done for me. Things like changing chassis’s in 2 minutes, giving me his best engines, setting my car, setting my electronics, mobile racing advise (half way round the world), Champion mechanic!!!! It’s been a pleasure it really has and I can’t wait till you can race more at home 👌🏻 cheers bro.
Angelo Jlo Anasta for all of the encouragement and motivation that he gives me to really push myself and go for it. Things that really help and I value a lot! Thanks for many midnight conversations mate! 💪🏻
And finally I would like to thank all of my sponsors who have played a massive part in my season being such a success. So thank you so much guys and girls!!!!!
Contact Rc Tyres
Velocity racing fuel
Next race! EWS this weekend with my Hobbywing powered Serpent Project 4X!
See you around!
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