New Serpent Cobra driver David Hassel fom Sweden qualified a good 7th, was 2nd in his semi-final and finished 8th in the main. Good start !! Set-up to follow.
It’s already a week gone by after we came back from the euro’s in portugal this month, time really flies.
In general I came back with a good feeling, I was really happy with the performance during the week. The ec was actually the first race I drove this year. We did some testing in the netherlands but no real racing. So I didn’t really know how it would go.
We arrived in Portugal and had about a one hour drive from the airport in Porto to Villa Real. And for me it was the first time in Portugal except for Madeira than. And i was surprised to see the landscape was filled with mountains, nothing like Spain. The hotel itself was for the week turned into the official ec hotel I think. Almost everybody stayed in Mira Corgo.
After some side seeing on sunday (not much to see but anyway). We went of to the track on monday. It was big with a nice but not special layout. And it cault my attention that they forgot to put on a top layer of asphalt. It was just the rocks underneed. This gave you about 10mm tyre wear in 10min. That’s what they call extreme. One more remark, in my opinion they should really make it a rule at efra that the track should have curbstone and not jumpstones. That sent the car up in the air even as you just touch them.
Practice itself, car and engine felt good and the track was not so difficult to drive. but the speed was not enough yet. So I changed lot’s of things during the 3 days of practice. Shock oil, toe in-out, anti-rollbars,… And finally last practice wednesday evening my car felt great. They used 5 consecutive laps average during the controlled practice to make the heats for the timed practice. And after the practice I found myself in 10th place 0,002sec behind belgian teammate Robin d’Hondt. But I had a good feeling for the timed practice. I set asside 3 engines for the race itself which I was very happy with the power they gave.
Thursdaymorning timed practice, Track was at it’s best when it was cool. So this would be very fast heats. The 3 fastest consecutive laps in the timed practice would determin the ranking for the qualification heats. So everybody would give it all to have a good starting possition for the qualifs. After the first timed I found myself in 4th place just behind collari with an avarage of 18,765 which I was very happy with. Almost all drivers didn’t improve for the second one because of the hoter conditions. So I had nr 4 in the last heat to start the qualifs.
Qualifying itself went very well, I could almost finish all heats and was really happy with the performance of my xceed powered 966TE. The penultimate qualif on fridayevening would be the quikest one because of the cool conditions.. And I had a very good start in that one, every lap under or around 19sec. and I was in 3th place behind Balestri and Collari during that heat when the engine flamed out. I would really liked to finish that one. But my time from the 2nd one on thursday was good enough for 7th place overall. So directlly place into the semi as there are no 4 top qualifiers anymore and everybody has to go true the semi to make the final. Robert Pietsch took TQ honours.
Semi on saturday started very good for me. We only had 3 minutes before the start and had to adjust the engine and run in a second pair of tyres with additive. All went well and of we went. I had a good start and was on Ielasi his tail. there was a lot of wind on saturday and you had some difficulties to keep the good line, and he had even more trouble with this than me. So I could try to pass him a few times. But that’s wasn’t so easy with the cars slidding a lot so I tought 4th place is good enough to make the final and stayed behind him. But at the 10min tyre stop it went wrong. I didn’t hear my mechanic the first time so I passed the pits and had to run a lap slow to make it for sure. Coming into the pits the tank was empty and the engine didn’t stall but acted a little strange and I really had to push it a little after the tyre stop to get it going again. Eager to make up the time I lost, I gave to much on the cold tyres and the car oversteered a lot at the end of the straight, and I just tought the curb which resulted in the hard steel fence. And I broke the rear lower wishbone.
But both my teammates Salven and Green made the final, so we were well presented.
Michael made his way up true the field in the final and they finished 5th and 7th, so a good result.
Congrats to Pietsch for his win.
Thanks to Serpent Motorsport, Xceed engines and tyres, Runnertime, RC Car Colours for the support.
link to full results http://www.myrcm.ch/pt/amvr/20120730_768179/18ICEFRA/index.html
Some really nice movies from RC Racing TV
Friday qualifying http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJoICeiQxcM&feature=relmfu
Saturday Finals http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtwbpTkVMgM&feature=relmfu
Very Best Regards
Ilia Van Gastel
I landed to Vienna Airport to meet Serdar on Wednesday. We rented a car and after finding the track in afternoon, practises begun. First thing I noticed was how high the track grip was. In Turkey, traction is not even close to this level, Our carpet races in Cyprus were also lower traction than this asphalt! Having no idea which direction to go setup wise, at first, I combined some of the carpet setups that Marc Fischer used at earlier ETS races. Improving setup more with trial and error continued on Thursday, along with learning how to drive the car without traction rolling. I simply ended up trying too many things each day so I cant remember what I did every particular day. Biggest loss for us was Marc Fischer getting sick and not being able to come to the race, for sure I would have had lots to learn from him at the race.
Promotion Cup’ 12
Garcia with Cobra buggy TQ overall.
Really hard main final!!!
1st Andrés Marcelino: Mugen / Argus
2nd Alberto García: Serpent / RB
3rd Diego Araguas: Mugen / Alpha