The fifth and last race in the FinTrack
winter series took place in Riihimäki about 70 km north of Helsinki.
The track was a copy of last years
LRP race track but smaller. The track was a litlle bit on the thighter
side but it was still quite driveble and the grip was pretty good.
The race was dominated by Juho Levänen.
With the Ahonemi brothers participating in the 1/12 Euros and Teemu Leino
decided not to race Juho took pole position with 7 seconds ahead of Tomi
Myöhänen who was 0,7 seconds ahead of Yokomo driver Henrik Hokkanen
in third. As expected Juho had an easy ride to victory and he actually
won all five races in the winter series so he has been really fast this
winter, remember to keep on eye on him at this years LRP race.
Four Yokomo drivers was in the B
main which was quite close, all drivers within 5 seconds after qualifying.
Joseph Quagraine finished in 15th with his MR4TC, Olli Löflund was
16th, Antti Ollinmäki 17th and I ended up in 20th place.
This race was a little bit better
than the last last race for me. In the first round of qualifying
I drove really safe with the intention of making no mistakes which I managed
to. I arrived to the race with a set up that I hadn't tested but in time
for the first gualifying I had put on the old setup. In the second qualifying
I continued to drive safe which I've found to always be the fastest
way around for me and suprisingly I was almost 10 seconds faster and was
in 16th place. I had made some fine tuning, I put on the 1mm trailing steering
blocks that seemed to smooth out the turn in so the car was quite easy
to drive, which I think is the most important thing on carpet with the
Yokomo because it's a very aggressive car, the laptimes will be good if
the car is easy to drive. In the third I desided to push a little bit harder
but that didn't work out and I made a mistake in the beginning and
that was it. The finals didn't go very well becauce of some problem with
my motor that had mysteriously lost power.
After all, I think I made some progress
this winter although I didn't do as many races as last season and with
limited testing. Anyway the MR4 TC Special wasn't as easy to set up as
I first expected but here is my final setup :
-Masami's SP basic setup
-with Tosolini type rear link
-orange springs front and rear
-60mm rear dampers, 59.5 front
-40 front and rear oil, 50 rear
in high grip conditions
-standard SP upper deck
At last a summary of the carpet season
-The racing was close behind the
stardrivers Levanen and Ahoniemi.
-Over 100 drivers participated in
the series in stock and modified
-Take Off Cs control tyres are very
-The track layouts were much better
this year, the Seinäjoki track was especially nice.
-The cars were faster than ever
before, even with 12 motor limit