Helge Johannessen Wins Norwegian National Championship R1

Race report by Helge Johannessen

The first round of the Norwegian National Championship was held in Farsun on April 4th. New this year is that 5 races will count in the National Championship instead of only 1 race.

This would be the first race on asphalt with the T2’008 and after the great functionality on carpet I was exited about how this car would work on asphalt. Since the nitro class was held on Saturday, the grip was much better than last year, although tire wear was a problem. The biggest challenge on this track was to get enough steering into the corners, but my car felt great from the first test, so only small adjustments were made.

I went to a softer stabilizer in front and rear, and installed softer springs to gain more grip. I also removed the aluminium brace and changed the rear arm from x-hard to hard. Then I gave more droop in the rear to gain more steering off-throttle. I did this all since my last race was at a high-grip indoor track.

The car was super-fast and I made a new track record and lap record in the first qualifying round. My electric time was identical to my times from the nitro class, and I was over 6 seconds ahead of position 2.

In the first final I got hit in the first turn and had to fight my way through the field from 10th position. When I was closing in on the leader, Eirik Andreassen, I got hit in the side from a car that had been off the track. So Eirik won this one.

In the second final I drove with no mistakes and took a supreme win ahead of Eirik.

In the last final I played it safe with Eirik a couple of metres behind me, and drove safely to an overall win.

Results:

1. Helge Johannessen – XRAY T2’008 (TQ)
2. Eirik Andreassen
3. Tom Erik Svaasand
4. Stig ”Hold brillan” Alstad
5. Robin Simonsen Nordlie – XRAY T2’008
6. Goran Langsholt
7. John Lara
8. Ivar Johansen – XRAY T2’008
9. Alf Skaar
10. Jon Age Olsen

Helge Johannessen Winning Set-up sheet.

Source : XRAY

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