8th/9th April was the 1st round of the British Championship for 1/10th With the Serpent 748-WC at the Cotswolds circuit. From the start of the day my car was really good. I tried a few things on my car and it got even better, on 1 fast lap I knew I wasn’t the fastest but my average lap was super good and consistent.
Qualifying for me it was about making the final near the front of the grid to set myself up for the final. I ended up qualifying 3rd on the grid. After a bit of an action packed start everyone broke off into there own groups. I was in a comfortable 3rd place until the leader who was Mark green at the time had a crash which cost him some time and put him behind me! That was where our race battle started, we were fighting for a long time back and forth making overtakes sometimes 3 or 4 times per lap! It was crazy! Meanwhile while we were battling for 2nd place the race leader had an incident this then put me and Mark fighting for the lead. After the last pit stop Mark came out behind me like we were before. He went inside, outside, hard into the corner, slow into the corner but I had him covered off. With just a few minutes remaining Mark tried to overtake but hit a kerb and went off track with left me an easy coast to the end of the race where I would take the win some 8-9 seconds up the road from Mark, Fellow Serpent driver John Zottl completed a Serpent Podium lockout to take a fantastic 3rd place!
RD2 is 3 weeks away at Halifax track!
See you trackside soon!
1/8 UK National Round 1 – Cotswolds
The first UK National of 2017 was held last week at the Cotswolds circuit – with significant anticipation/excitement after the long winter break.
Saturday practice was largely damp until the last 2 hours when a dry track enabled most racers to get to grips with their 2017 cars.
Sunday saw fine weather all day which was a welcome change to the traditionally cold and wet start to the year. Through Qualifying in the Nitro class, it was Serpent’s 977 Evo2 leading the way, with Mark Green, Tim Wood, John Carr and Richard Hicklin all placing in the top 3 at one time or another. Mark and Tim both got down to 14.5 second lap times – faster than the 2016 times and displaying an advantage compared to the other cars.
The stage was set for the 30 minute A final, with Mark on Pole, Tim 2nd and Richard 3rd. A largely uneventful race upfront saw a Serpent/XRD/Contact 1-2 for Mark and Tim despite a backmarker accident for Mark, with Tim’s engine being rich leading to a fuel cut mid-race. John and Richard were both unlucky but rounded out 5th and 9th at the end. Neil King completed the podium in his first race for Shepherd. A special mention for 12 year old Matthieu Dambrine, who made his first national A final and finished 6th!
A great start to the year for the UK Serpent Team, which was backed up with Alex Thurston and Joe Hawnt taking a 1-2 in the electric class – Well done guys!
The next round is at Halifax in 3 weeks.
I will send you picture tomorrow as I haven’t received them all yet. I also have my setup sheet on my laptop so expect that also!
April 1st and 2nd was the weekend of the 1st BRCA 1/8th national championship round at the beautiful Cotswolds circuit situated on Kemble airfield.
Saturday morning the track was damp in areas so I choose not to go out until it dried out, it did and I managed to get in a quick run to see how my new 977e Evo2 would handle. Straight away all serpent drivers came to me and said they are really happy with there new cars, the amount of grip they have over the last car is a great improvement and lot more steering without the car losing rear traction. I chose to make a few changes to my car mainly electronics wise but I changed the front shock oil and downstops to cater for the massively undulated Cotswolds circuit.
While I was making these changes the weather took a turn for the worst and it hammered down. The rain was that bad that a few drivers went out to test there wet cars. All cars were using kissling tyres!!!
The hard part to get over was that the track dried up really fast taking around 50minutes to 1 hour from using kissling tyres to dry tyres! The sun came out all clouds went away and everyone could resume with practice! The changes made a massive difference and my car was really good. Easy to drive and consistent. All serpent drivers in the electric class were satisfied with there cars regardless of driver ability so that’s as much as I could ask for!
Sunday morning and the track had the odd damp patch on it due to a sprinkle of rain during the night, practice came round I chose to sit out of it as my car was good and I wasn’t going to achieve anything so I chose to check my car, watch and advise serpent electric drivers and true tyres to cover qualifying and the finals. My car was great on both new and old tyres!
Qualifying was really good with myself taking TQ. 7 serpent drivers qualified to the main out of a possible 10!
The final result ended
TQ-Win Alex Thurston -Serpent Evo2 977e
2nd- Joe Hawnt – Serpent Evo2 977e
3rd – Franck Dambrine
4th- David Gerrard- Serpent Evo2 977e
5th- Craig Woods- Serpent Evo2 977e
6th – Jamie Paton- Serpent Evo2 977e
7th – Pete Hastings
8th – Paul Bellinger- Serpent Evo2 977e
9th – Ian Billett- Serpent Evo2 977e
10th Kieran Adamson
Great weekend with all the Serpent guys, hopefully an even better result for us at Halifax for RD2 in 3 weeks!
This past weekend the Czech National Championschip was held in Holešov (31.-1.APRIL). The huge partipacipation with over 100 entries including some foreign drivers made this race greatly interesting. The race started out on Friday by two rounds of timed practice. In STOCK division Ludvik Kurecka (Serpent 4X) found the strongest pace setting the best time in 3 consecutive laps and showed the great potencial of Serpent car. In qualies Ludvik missed the TQ by 1sec as Xray´s Oliver Havranek set the fastest time. In finals Ludvik was missing a bit of speed to catch up fast driving Oliver and finished 2nd in first two rounds of finals. By winning the third final he secured 2nd overall place. Karel Kratochvil with his Xray completed the podium in third.
After a short break the fifth round of MSP Series found its way back to Bohumin (25.MARCH). Organisers could have been more than pleased with the number of participants as the 100-entries landmark was almost reached. The layout of the track was nearly the same as the proposal of the track of forthcoming Czech national championschip. The STOCK category was the most prestigious one as some good drivers could be seen there. Having some troubles in qualies the winner of the previous race Ludvik Kurecka (Serpent 4X) was beaten by Karel Kratochvil and had to take a 2nd spot on the grid. But after few set-up changes to his car Ludvik found the pace in the finals and dominated in all of them. Martin Kratochvil completed the podium in 3rd.