Race report by Helge Johannessen
Date: March 8â€“9
Venue: Stevneplassen, Skien
â–ª 1:10 Touring Modified
â–ª 1:10 Touring 19T Spec
â–ª 1/12 Pancar
â–ª Tamiya M-chassis support class
Finally the National Championship was here and over 90 drivers entered this weekend in the different classes. Classes included Modified, 19T Spec, and 1/12 pancar. Racing was a round-by-round system with best 3 of 5 rounds counting. The track was 600m2 with extremely high grip. The layout looked really bad, but after a practice round, the rhythm of the track felt really good.
Since I entered both Modified and 1/12 pancar, my good friend Georg Ellingsen helped me by being my mechanic in the 1/12 pancar class.
I got a clean start in all three finals with Adrian behind me. But the excitement was left out since Adrian hit a curb in all three finals, and gave me the gap I needed to take the Championship home. Adrian finished 2nd and Rune Karlsen finished 3rd. The only change I made was the final drive ratio in the last final. Someone was measuring the top speed on the straight so I just had to do it. I went from 10.80 to 9.80 and was measured in 72 km/h, which was the highest speed on the straight.
1. Helge Johannessen â€“ XRAY T2â€™008 (TQ)
2. Adrian Berntsen â€“ XRAY T2â€™008
3. Rune Karlsen
4. Roger Berntsen â€“ XRAY T2â€™008
5. Petter Solvberg
6. Kjell Gunnar Guttormsen
7. Goran Langsholt
8. Truls Solberg
9. Christer Antonsen
10. Petter Berntsen â€“ XRAY T2â€™008
Winner B final: Robin S. Nordlie â€“ XRAY T2â€™008.
19T Spec Finals:
Anders Theodorsen sat all night after qualifying, changing setup and making the drivetrain smooth, trying to close the gap to Markus Alvestad. And he did the job well. It was a completely different car in the finals than in the qualifying. Anders won all three finals after battling with Markus. Kjell Gunnar Guttormsen finished 3rd.
Results 19T Spec:
1. Anders Theodorsen – XRAY T2â€™008
2. Markus Alvestad
3. Kjell Gunnar Guttormsen
4. Lars A. Andersen â€“ XRAY T2â€™008
5. Jans Kristian Kier Hovik
6. Brede Isaksen â€“ XRAY T2â€™008
7. Kjell Nilsen
8. Jarle V. Karlsen â€“ XRAY T2â€™008
9. Andreas Bull Freng â€“ XRAY T2â€™008
10. Leif Tore Stensrod