Ilia Van Gastel returns to Serpent

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“Serpent is proud to announce the return of Llia van Gastel from Belgium to Team Serpent in 1/8 scale. Llia will be racing the Serpent 966 with main focus for 2010 on the EC in Italy and in 2011 the Worlds in Florida, USA. Below is a brief interview with Llia.

Hello Ilia,
First of all welcome to the Serpent Team.
Thank you

What made you decide to run the Serpent 966 for 2010 ?

Well, a few things, I was part of Team Serpent before, so I kind of know the team already. And I think the 966 is really good, Michael did a good job on this car, seems to be a perfect compromise between steering, grip and evenly important, it gives the engine breathing room to give his full potential.

Which engines will you use ?

I will continue using the Team Orion engines, I think the performance is really good, and the latest version for 2010 will be even better.

Which races do you plan for 2010 ?

Main race for the 2010 season will ofcourse be the euro’s in Italy (locorotondo). Knowing Italy for their famous rc tracks, it will be highly competitive. Ofcourse the Efra races are also highly rated. The Dutch championship is also on my list, it will be one of europe’s toughest national competitions with John Ermen (Serpent) Robin d’Hondt, Steven Cuypers, Rick-V also racing in that same competition.

Which is your favourite race-track ?

Actually, maybe it’s a little surprising but the track from the 2006 european championship in Sweden in very to my liking, technical but also very fast.

What is your best race-result so far ?

Well, I think that should be 3th place at the euro’s, but for me even memorable are 5 Efra GP victories.

What do you do for a living ?

I work as a car mechanic, together with my dad. We sell cars, make repairs and bodywork. Do you have enough time off for racing and practise ? Yes that’s not really a problem, of course I have the weekends off, and if really needed I can take some days off work, to make the necessary preparations.

Merry Christmas and a Happy new year to all RC addicts, family and friends. Hope we can make 2010 a memorable race year.”

Llia
Team Serpent