Published on Thursday, 16 August 2012 18:50
Written by BSI Editor
European Championships 2012
W.M.V Fehring was the venue for this years European championships, about 10km from the Hungarian border. We left early Saturday morning and had a short stop over in Germany on the Saturday night, eventually arriving at the track Sunday afternoon.
The weather was hot at 35c, in fact a little too hot for some but in true Nemo style and thankfully for me we had hired a container with air conditioning.
Jerome Sartel, Jon Hazlewood and JP Sartel were in attendance for Nemo Racing as well as young Jack Embling who was a late call up and flew out to join us and compete in his first Euro’s.
Practice went well for everyone as they got used to the high speed and technical nature of the track, all the Beta tyre tread patterns were tested with Enforcer soft and V-Max soft being the favorite choices.
Qualifying was a mixed bag for the team with Jerome Sartel making it into the semi’s with some brilliant runs at breakneck speed, his car was looking fantastic soaking up whatever the track would throw at it, only the odd error kept him out of the top 10.
Jon was also flying but lady luck was not on his side, losing a fast run to a computer glitch and then an even faster run to a rogue screw which detached itself from where it should be, Jon ended up in the 1/8th’s which was slightly lower than he was aiming for and not really representative of the package under him.
JP had some crazy fast runs but these were mixed with runs with errors in, one to watch for the future if he can become consistent and harness his raw speed, he qualified in the 1/64th’s.
Young Jack Embling qualified in the 1/256th’s which is a great effort since he only flew out on the first practice day, he had a game plan and stuck to it and gradually improved his times as qualification went on.
So as we headed into the finals Jack was out first, however due to a bearing issue, a old one was put in mistakenly and sadly he never made it to the start line, which is a shame as he drives well in finals. I am sure we will see Jack competing at a few more international events in the future, as he enjoyed his experience and did himself proud.
JP battled hard in his final but some mistakes early on put him out of contention for the win, but a late charge almost saw him take a bump up spot. JP worked hard all weekend and I am positive he will start to get more consistent at this level.
I do not know if Jon has walked under a ladder or smashed a mirror, as once again luck was not on his side. It had been sunny all the way up to Jon’s final and then the heavens opened, causing the final to be a lottery and Jon was not on the winners list, so his racing stopped at the 1/8th’s, after the race the sun came out and dried the track much to our annoyance.
Jerome looked fast in semi practice but some errors at the start of the final saw him drop back and never recover which was a shame, if he had been in the other semi he may have made it as it was much slower.
All the drivers that ran our products all did a fantastic job, so thank you from all of us here at Nemo
Nemo Racing would also like to say well done to Darren Bloomfield who won the event and is Great Britain’s first ever winner.