Race report by Rob Janssen:
This weekend MRC Vianen held their first Speed Weekend as opening of the 2016/2017 indoor season. They did an amazing job by organizing it and many people attended this race. For me it was a good weekend. On Saturday in controlled practise the car worked great from the start. Everybody needed to use same 17.5 motor but some guys had a newer version whit a lot more motor timing on it which made it a little unfair. But ok, we needed to deal with it as in the rules there was only a article number mentioned, not which version, how many timing etc. Unfortunately due to this i was not able to do fastest lap of the run but over 6 minutes the car was easy and predictable to drive so I felt confident to go into qualification.
In both Q1 and Q2 on Saturday I was able to make TQ runs. The car improved a little which made it little faster but still good to drive on the increasing grip on the track. On Sunday morning Q3 and Q4 were held. In Q3 I again was able to make a TQ run which secured TQ for the finals for me. In Q4 I was able to improve my fastest lap to a 9.9 instead of 10.0. But short after that I hit a car which was on his roof on the middle on the track. My battery flew out so my run was over.
Final 1 was a bit unlucky as I drove into a guy which I was lapping. This costed my first spot for the moment. After some close racing I was able to come upfront again and take the win. It was hard as in the infield I came really close to Wesley in front of me, but on the straight he pulled away lots of meters so lap after lap I came close in the infield but again lost it on the straight. But at the end I was able to catch him.
Final 2 started with a mistake from myself by rolling over in corner 1. I battled back to first but eventually rolled it over again and just missed the starting line and missing a lap on the computer. In the end I drove in front but due to my missed lap I ended up second.
The last final eventually went great. From start to end I was able to put it together and didn’t gave away the win. Wesley was close behind the first few laps bu he made to many mistakes. At the end I lapped him.
At the end I won this weekend and felt really happy with the handling of the car. Richard came in 3rd and Ronald, who was using my older car, came in 5th; so 3 TM cars in top 5!
Race report from Richard Arts:
On Saturday the open practice started on relative low grip “ETS” carpet. From the start of the open practice, the setup worked good and I was able to run quick laps. During the timed practice rounds the grip would come up and I had to adjust the setup to keep the car on four wheels. This worked out OK and I could put together 3 quick laps for the re-seeding.
The first 2 of 4 qualifying rounds however were not so great. The rear end was unstable in the chicane, sliding around and not predictable where the car would exit the corner. Having scored 2 bad Q’s, the last 2 qualifiers on Sunday were going to be important to make the A-main. Sunday started again with some open practice, and I used this to test some changes to the tire-treatment and setup.
Tire-prep seemed to be the big difference, and the reduced pickup on the tires made it fun to drive again. Also a change in the rear shock-oil and diff made the car made the car more planted in the hairpin turns. For Q3 & Q4 I still was careful to not mess-up, but the pace was there again, and I scored a 3rd and 2nd. This meant I moved up from 8th spot after Q1&Q2 to 3rd.
The start of the finals are always a gamble, but all 3 finals I came off the line without issues in the first couple of corners. It was clear that Wesley and Rob were a bit too quick to hang on too. But with the close racing they had, I tried to stay as close as possible. Waiting for a chance for me to sneak by when one of them made a mistake or rolled the car. This worked out in the last final, as Wesley was struggling a bit more with rolling his car. After 2 times finishing 3rd, the last final I finished 2nd. Overall this resulted in a 3rd place.
Switching to carpet and its typical build up in grip-level takes a bit more to get used to, but for a first race of the indoor season I am pretty happy with the result.
- Rob Janssen – Team Magic E4RS III Plus / HRC Racing
- Wesley van Dijken
- Richard Arts – Team Magic E4RS III Plus / HRC Racing
- Martijn Cornelissen
- Ronald Arts – Team Magic E4RS III Plus / HRC Racing
- Elibert Sievers
- Martijn Spaans
- Nick Nerrings
- Eric Mulder
- Bert Geurts
- Jasper Oldenhof
- Thomas van Hout
- Jaco Bouman
- Maarten Coenen
- Johannes Voerman
- Hampy Janssen
- Joop Voorn
- Kees Spoon
- Marco Van Leeuwen
- Wesley van Aalst
- Mark de Munnik
- Patricia Wessels
- Ab Dufourné
- Jan Kraanen