II Preliminary XRS Poland and my debut with Serpent Project 4X model.
The first ride already shocked me. I had never driven a model with such a low center of gravity before , and it was noticeable on the track right away .
First preliminary races, however, were about learning the 4X chassis and personalization of settings and due to that the results were getting better and better. After 3 preliminary rounds, we came in 9th in A final,.Nevertheless, thanks to a great last round and the second best number of laps, we managed to get to the 5th placing.
After making small changes to the settings, we waited at the start, coped well with the turn but due to the fact that we got wiped out in the second one, we got eliminated and could not fight for the leadings placings, but our dynamic and even drive allowed us to catch up and reach the limit, that is 4th place, after ultimate overtaking Wiktor Twardowski.
The second race, unfortunatelly, wasn’t clean either. Treating the tires didn’t turn out to be a good decision and it did not change our placing.
Fighting for the podium, we went for it and got back to the previous tire oil. The race got started. Here I would like to thank Paweł Grześkowiak i Wiktor Twardowski for a great ride. Every one of us had a chance for the third placing. A fantastic fight beween the three models was rewarded with applause. We consider the competition successful, getting back to 13.5 Stock, the debut with this model and a great fight were remarkable. We focus, however, on the future, a test is yet ahead of us, in a Czech city, Bohumin,and soon after that there’s another preliminary XRS round. We are hungry for success and this isn’t over.
Team Serpent Poland
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Last race Italian Championship 1/8, on the circuit of Gubbio.Filippo Faralli with his 988 Serpent, dominates the F2 category. Filippo, who started with number 3, immediately took the lead in the race and guided without making any mistakes and with a perfect race strategy after 45 minutes wins the race and leaves the second with 6 laps of detachment. For him it was a fantastic weekend, thanks to the 988 that allowed him to have a speed higher than the other competitors.
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This years German National was quite a special one for several reasons. I wanted to try to defend my title but the competition was quite heavy. With Dominic Greiner, Merlin Depta, Lars Hoppe, Steven Cuypers and John Ermen we had a lot if ENS A-finalists at the start. Add local hero Tobias Hepp and you have a high level starting grid.
On the other hand this race was only 2 weeks before the worlds and the last major test for our new Serpent Viper 988.
Free practice on thursday and early friday went very well for all of us. We were constantly in the top 10 and sometimes top 3 pacewise.
Unfortunately it rained in the night to saturday and we could a post do any re-seeding. While I was in a good heat, especially Dominic had a hard time. In average he had to pass 15 times in a 4 minute heat. With the top ten only seperated by 4 seconds that was a decisive factor.
Still he ended up in the top 4 and a direct qualifier spot. Merlin and me struggled a bit with the track beeing different after the rain but we easily bumped up through the semi-final.
The 45 minute final was tough. I was immediately turned upside down in the first lap and had to play catch-up. We also had to change tires twice, we decided to change outside after 10 and all 4 tires after 25 minutes.
Merlin and Dominic were constantly out in front trading places with Gruber and Hepp. Eventually Dominic could win with a few seconds on Gruber and Merlin came home third. I recovered to 5th but the top 4 were hard to get by anyway, given that I made a changd to my car which turned out to be a bad choice and created quite some understeer.
But what a great success for our team! I am doing this for a long time but I can't remember having such a great time with a bunch of people that are just great together! Having so much fun and still find the ambition to do better is amazing.
Thanks guys, also to our mechanics Matthias and Karl-Heinz Meister, Phillip Sting and Jirka Hassler und my wife Jill Salven who all did an amazing job.
Congratulation to Ingo Braun as well fir coming home second in class 2 with his Serpent Viper 977.
See you all in France soon
Germany: Benson TQ’s and wins ETS F1 race in Ettlingen with F110 SF3
Tim Benson did really well at the ETS in Ettlingen topping 2 of the qualifying sessions to take overall TQ
with Serpent designer David Ehrbar in 7th overall, ahead of his biggest title rival Jan Ratheisky, making it 2 Serpent F110 in the top 10 with Steve Deblaere in 19th also doing well !
In the finals Tim Benson was doing really well again able to take both the 1st and 2nd final wins and thus winning this ETS in Ettlingen and come 5th overall in the ranking .
Team-mate David Ehrbar takes ETS F1 Championship Series win
came 7th overall in the finals, which was enough to take the ETS overall championship title !! ( see seperate report soon)
Link to results: http://www.myrcm.ch/myrcm/main?dId[E]=30837#
Link to car: http://promo.serpent.com/f110-sf3/
SPT – Serpent Performance Team `
Team Serpent took home some hardware in LA. 1st & 2nd in 1/8th, 1st & 2nd in Masters, 1st in GT and 2nd in Touring! Everyone worked together, had a great time and enjoyed the perfect racing weather. Congratulations to everyone and thank you for your support in making the Desoto GP a success. #Serpent #Picco #Sanwa #Runnertime #Enneti #teamwork