- Serpent S411 2.0 - Ryan Maker - TITC - RC Addict - 23-24.02.2013 -
Serpent at TITC
It was a last minute decision to go to TITC this year. I arrived on the 15th of February with Marc Fischer arriving a bit later on the 18th. Ludo was already there as he is working at the Ride office at RC Addict!
My car felt pretty good as soon as I put it on the track, and I really liked the new layout - it was a bit more technical and more difficult to drive than the last one. I started on Yokomo springs from Australia, Pink/Blue. Which was quite fine for the first few days I was there, but as the traction started coming up I opted for Blue/Blue like a lot of the other competitors. The softer spring at the front made the front bite less and made the car a lot easier to drive.
Other big changes were rear toe in, rear shock position and V2 motormount with topdeck screw. Later into practise Marc and I also played a lot with the rear diff oil, as many teams were running quite thick. We ended practise with a solid setup...one we could have probably gotten better given more time.
I had a pretty good run, one mistake through the fast chicane costing me 2 seconds. I ended 13th for the round
I had a better run, no mistakes and opting again for new tires I finished 9th for the round.
This was 'happy hour' run, and majority of top 30 were all on 2nd run tires. In practise for Happy hour my car hadnt been great. I knew Yokomo springs werent perfect for all competitors, so I decided to give Xray short springs a try...in this qualifier the car felt really nice and I was able to complete a nice clean run. However majority of competitors also had a great clean race, with almost no retirements in the top 2 heats. I got 11th overall for this round.
My car was feeling really good in this morning run, but I just rolled it after being too far on the curb, causing me to loose a lot of time. So I decided to pull in and save my tires for the final qualifier.
Again my car felt great, and I was able to do my best position of the weekend coming in 8th for the round. Giving me 14th place for qualifying and therefore starting 4th in the B Final.
I knew I needed something extra to make up positions, so I went up to 2.5 Linear Xray springs in order to try and give me the pace I needed. I also turned the timing up on my motor to try and give me a bit moe pace down the straight. The car felt pretty good, but I chose to use two pairs of rear tires from qualifying, trying to get nice looking tires front and rear. This wasnt a great decision as turning right the car was very hard to drive, but I still managed an awesome start and stayed in 2nd position behind Alex Hagberg for the race.
I knew I had to go for it in this final, as id already gotten a second, but this run was likely to be faster as the track had gripped up since the morning final. Once again I got a great start and slipped into second behind Alex, I was able to close the gap and pressure him for a few laps, with very fast local Thai driver Chavit very close behind me. Whilst we were all battling, Alex just clipped the curb after the front straight, rolling his car. I was able to get through and he recovered into 2nd with a close fight between him and Chavit. I knew this race time needed to be faster than Alex's from the first final, so I pushed hard right until the end even though I had a few seconds lead. In the end I did 18 Laps in 5:00 as opposed to Alex's time of 18 Laps in 5:02, so I took the win of the B Final!
Was great to see the team and work with Marc and Ludo! Given the quality of the field, this was my best international finish in my R/C Career, and only the second time ive driven this new car on asphalt. With Marc also never driving it on asphalt before this event!