Oscar and his Italian Teammate Alessio Mazzeo both made the final
The Warm Up for the 1:10 200mm World Championships took place over the weekend at the Lisbon track in Portugal and together with the rest of the Serpent team we where there to gather vital set-up information ahead of the big event. Unfortunately the event was affected by rain which meant grip levels were very bad and we had limited track time.
After some testing between running a diff and a solid axle I found I prefered the solid axle option but in qualifying my biggest problem was run time. While we worked on rectifying this the last round of heats was rained off so I didnt get to do a decent run and found myself in 15th position overall.
With the final round of heats scrapped it was straight into the semifinal for me and we now had an engine that was running very hot so after 5 minutes I had to stop in my pitbox to make adjustments to it which cost me a lot of time but I was still able to finish high enough to secure a place in the Main Final.
Starting the final from 9th position I made a good start moving up to 3rd and shortly afterwards I was up to second when Teemu Leino went off the track. Happy with my pace and the car I was confident of a good finish but back luck was to strick as the pin in my rear suspension fell out after the clip had somehow worked its way off. My dad did his best to replace the pin as quickly as possible but I lost minutes before rejoining to eventually finish in 8th position. Despite this I was happy that before the loss of the pin I had the pace to finish on the podium.
I think that with the expierence of Michael Slaven and Mark Green we can have a really good car for the Worlds in August. Serpent has a really strong line-up of young drivers and we will all be giving 110% to do well at the Worlds.
Young Team Serpent driver Kyle Branson from the UK with Oscar in Lisbon
Top Austrian driver Daniel Tomaschko together with Oscar
Source : Serpent