Published on Thursday, 16 May 2013 22:24
Written by Jörg Tiit
1st round of Finnish buggy nationals
Trainings before the race:
One weekend, we decided to check the Turku’s track to do some training. Track was fast, pretty technical and hard to drive. We trained there for 2 weekends and didn’t plan to go to the race. Finally, our good friend Arto Heinonen asked us to go and we went. Race promised to be very interesting because of many fast guys, for example Teemu Leino, The Heinonen brothers, JQ and so on.
Practices of the race:
Morning was wet, track was super slippery. We had found good setup for our car for the dry track during training weekends, so we weren’t too worried about the car’s acting on the wet track. In the first practice, shock piston came off, so my training lasted for 2 laps. 2nd training was better, track was drying and car went better. We decided not to change car’s setup, because we knew that it will work on the dry track and things were moving to that side. Some guys tried to find the setup but usually cars went even worse with the changes, so good tactics by us I think.
3 rounds, 2 out of 3 counting
For the qualifiers, track was completely dry and good to drive. First qual was pretty okay, I tried to make safe and sound first run, to have a chance to risk at the end. Run was pretty okay and I got 16th place for that round. 2nd was much better, track got even better because driving line got cleaner and my 2nd round result was 9th. Last round was also pretty fast, 10th place points from that one. So, 10th place out of 54 after the qualifiers and directly to the semi final.
I had 4th starting position in the semi, I just had to make clean and fast run to get in. That’s what I did. I was 4th whole run, huge gap to 5th and 6th in the finish. During the last laps I was driving really slowly, because fuel consumption was pretty big and I was afraid of the flameout. But nothing happened, so I bumped to the A final and got 7th spot on the grid.
I had good start and was 6th for some laps, but I did some mistakes and dropped down to 10th place. Some time later, I got my driving rhythm back, and started to climb up again. I had a great pit team who made really fast stops if to compare to the others and that made things even easier. Soon, I was back in 7th and 8th place guy right behind me. We battled till the very last laps and he made mistake one lap before the finish so I just slowly brought my car to the finish and was 7th to do that.
Overally, race was pretty good for us. Car was rather hard to drive, but was fast but I was happy with it. Our car’s suspension was much harder than others, that probably made it harder to drive but I liked it. We had no problems, everything was perfect. Good racing, A final finish, two Serpents in the final (other Cobra finished 10th). Our best result in Finland so far.
Stay tuned, Estonian Serpents will bite again soon…