2015 1/8 scale Nordics were held in Vantaa, Finland. Racers came from Finland, Sweden and Estonia. Nitro class had 44 entries and electric 28 entries. Track was pretty technical with many jumps and tight corners but it was still pretty long. Lap times were around 38 seconds. Surface was hard packed clay and it went pretty rough on the finals day. I participated in the electric class.
Friday was a practice day with free practice, and two controlled practice rounds in the evening. It rained almost whole day, but track crew did good job and controlled practice started on time. Some drivers did not drive in those two practice rounds because it was still wet. I decided to skip first round and drive second round. Car was feeling good and I was ready for Day 2.
Saturday morning track was dry and there was two more practice rounds. Marcus Sandberg from Sweden was fastest in practice.
I tried to do a safe first round and it worked out well. I finished second in the round behing Sandberg. My car was little bit hard to jump so I decided to change pistons from 8×1.2mm to 6×1.3mm in the front and 6×1.4mm in the rear. I also changed tyres from Pro-Line Blockade X4 to Holeshot X4.
I noticed in warmup that my car was a lot better. Jumps were much easier and I could jump car harder. I had a really good pace and we had a close race with Sandberg. I made a mistake which costed me TQ and I was 4th of the round.
Car was very good again and I did mistake free run. Max Mört drove in a next heat and he TQed round by one second and I finished second.
I knew that I did not have anything to lose so I pushed hard. I did a new bestlap of the day. But had a big mistake on a last lap. Max Mört TQed last round and he was overall TQ of the meeting.
1. Max Mört
2. Marcus Sandberg
3. Joel Valander
4. Joonas Hyvärinen
5. Hendrik Lainemäe
6. Lauri Ruotsalainen
7. Viljami Kutvonen
8. Eeli Vieno
9. Rainer Ressar
10. Tommi Tervo
On to the finals:
I decided to put Pro-Line Lockdowns in X4 compound for the finals. I also went to 6×1.2mm pistons all around. There was four 10 minute long finals so anything can happen.
First A-main was really crazy. First lap was chaos and positions changed around. Me and Marcus Sandberg had a great battle in the front and we were overtaking each other. Then Max Mört catched us. Marcus made a mistake and there was 2 more minutes to go. Me and Max had amazing fight. Last lap Max made amazing pass on me when I over jumped big double. Almost right after that he’s car shut down. I cruised to win.
On second A-Main Max was unstoppable and finishing order was almost same as a starting order.
Third A-main I made a move on Marcus and I was second. Max was again on a great pace and I couldnt catch him. I finished second of the round.
It was time for a last deciding A-main. I knew I had a shot for the win. But things went around before the race even started. One of my motor wires came loose on the warmup and my car came late to the grid. I had a drive through penalty and race was pretty much over. Next time I will check my wires for sure for mechanical stress!
I am still happy for a second place. My Xray XB8e was really good, and Hobbywing electronics worked perfect and my new Highest DT2100 servo was awesome.
1 A Max Mört
2 A Joel Valander
3 A Sandberg Marcus
4 A Lauri Ruotsalainen
5 A Joonas Hyvärinen
6 A Tommi Tervo
7 A Viljami Kutvonen
8 A Eeli Vieno
9 A Hendrik Lainemäe
10 A Rainer Ressar
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