Time for another racereport then,
and this time it's from two races, both in Seinäjoki this last weekend.
I have to start off with saying that doing two races in one weekend, when
you have been ill the week before, can actually be quite tough. Anyway,
I made it and even though I'm not that happy with the results it was still
a lot of fun. The good thing about Seinäjoki is that it is quite close
to home for me, only about a one hour drive. Most of the drivers running
the FinTrack series was also entered for this race , but some big name
drivers were missing. Teemu Leino was in Florida testing for the upcoming
Winterchamps and the Ahoniemi brothers were concentrating on 12th scale
racing this weekend as the Finnish championships was in that class was
decided this weekend.
Began early...this was going to be
quite a long day as four classes were run. As you can see from the track
layout lower on the page the track was very tight with lots of chicanes
and the track being no more than two meters wide. My car was working well
and was easy to drive but I was lacking a bit in absolute lap times. First
qualifying was pretty usual, a couple of small mistakes and I was somewhere
like 12th or 13th. Second qualifying I got it together and had a better
run, only one mistake, and I was 9th. I did not change anyhing on my car
during the day really, just run some different motors. Third qualifying
was bad, when I reallly needed a good run. So I dropped to 12th.
Juho Levänen pretty much dominated
throughout qualifying and won the first 2 a-mains so not the most exciting
race at the top. The best Yokomo's were Jarno in 7th place and Henrik in
8th, just like usual on carpet. I finished 13th...after two b-mains. The
first one was quite fun but the second was not.
Day two, race two. For this race
I planned to try quite a few things, taking it more like a test than a race.
In the beginning I run the same setup like on Saturday but with and Andy's
Stratus instead of the Protoform. Then I moved the rear link down to hole
#2 (had been running #1) and that worked well, even though the change was
very small. I also tried 037M inserts compared to the firmer 037F that
I usually run, but I still like the firmer ones better. The car just feels
a lot more loose with the M inserts. I had also been running the front
shocks laid down one step but moved them to the outer hole as the grip
came up, just to stiffen the front a bit. During the day I was using both
an LRP fusion 11x2 and a 9x2, running both with the new Xmax brushes and
experimenting a bit with gear ratios. I have to say I was quite happy with
the Xmax's as I think they worked better than the Hyper 2's I have been
So what happened in the race? Mika
Similä was fast all day and won the race. I qualified 8th after some
bad qualifiers. Finished 7th, 6th and 8th in the finals. I managed to improve
my best lap from Saturday with 0.15s but I would have wanted to find a
bit more. But I did my best lap time in the last main so I guess I was
going in the right direction. You can check the setup I did my best laptime
with in the setups section.
What's next? Nothing really...think
it's 5 weeks 'til the next race and that's way too long. I really wish
there were more races here cause this is just so much fun! Cya.