The third race in the FinTrack series took place in Tampere in the middle
of Finland. I had to drive down to Tampere through one of the bigger snowstorms
of the winter and was pretty much the only car on the road during
the early morning hours. But I made the 240 km alive.
The track was smaller and slower compared to the Seinäjoki track
but the grip was better.
The race was dominated by stardrivers Juho Levänen and Sakke Ahonemi.
They were some 7 seconds faster than the rest of the field in qualifying
but behind them it was close. The A final was within 12 seconds and the
B within 9 seconds. Juho Levänen won all three A finals and has now
won almost every race this winter.
The Yokomo drivers had found some speed after the dissapointing last
race when no Yokomo was in the A final.
Always fast Henrik Hokkanen drove really well to qualify in fourth
place and also finished fourth. Antti Ollinmäki also drove very well
and finished 8th. I was really impressed with the way his car was handling,
very stable, looked easy to drive and also fast. He used a similar set
up to Tosolinis Novak race set up but with stiffer springs and harder damping,
so that's something that could be worth trying.
Both new Yokomo driver Eero Laine and Olli Löflund had made improvements
since the last race and ended up in 12th and 15th place.
My own race was a disaster. I ended up in the C main. The reason for
this is hard to understand because the last qualifying round I drove without
any big mistakes, the car was handling ok but the laptimes were just
slow. The setup from the last race did not work so well here, probably
because of higher grip and a slower and tighter track layout but also the
tyres and inserts could have something to do with it. In the finals
I found some improvements but I really have to do something before next