“Martin Kriel reports on the final round of the 2011 Austrian 10th off road national series at “1.WBC Hoheneich”, in the north east of Austria. The track has a fully flat clay surface with some up-and-down sections in the curves and some carpet over the jumps and after the straight. In contrast to last year they changed the drive direction, so there was now a 180° carpet turn after the straight, which was wet for the whole weekend because of the shadow from the trees near the track. Hupo already defended his title in both classes, 2wd and 4wd – gaining wins for the Team Durango DEX410 and new DEX210. Rene Trauner was already Vice-Champion in 2wd, but the other positions were going to be hard-fought.
I started in practice with the set-up I run in Traiskirchen some weeks ago. The car felt good for such a new car, but in some fast corners it handled sometimes different. So I changed the bump steer and the complete steering-linkage, which was better in the next heat. I used the other practice heats to adjust some small things on the linkages and dampers, were the car felt better from run to run.”