Race report 747 in Power of Gp Touring Car Series Rd 3.
"PGTC, the Power of Gp Touring Car Series" is held by some RC related companies in west Japan. This event was originaly planed to just compete and decide the fastest GP touring drivers. Anyway, this event produced one of fastest Serpent driver, such as Takumi Matsuda.
Race report, by Yuya,
Our 966TE performed very well from day of free practice. We felt much advantage than other drivers. Even young Takumi's 966TE wasn't so bad though he didn't have enough exprience for 1/8 racing yet.
Day 1 qualifing,
I kept top time holder from 1st round to 5 round.
Tadahiko made 2nd time in the end, but his 966 came in to pit for refueling. So he was very fast!
Takumi had problem of fuel consumption, and couldn't manage it.
Day 2 final qualifing,
My 966 stopped due to less fuel, and couldn't improve. Tadahiko improved my time, and got TQ.
Takumi still had fuel...
Serpent driver Masao Tanaka was the faster driver in qualifying, as he tq-ed most rounds.
In the end Masao was the driver doing a super 20 lap run, and taking TQ with 966.
Also Serpents Yuya Sahashi with Serpent 966 was in strong contention all week, but fuel consumption and engine set-up prevented a higher ranking.
Tadahiko Sahashi was very fast too, and took 11th time in the end. Matsuda, Serpent 733 revelation at the 2011 WC in USA, is racing 1.8 scale too and managed a 17th spot. Engine issues played a key role, as fuel consumption was key.
Matsuda, the revelation of the 2010 WC in USA, once again showed his great pace with his Mega powered Serpent 733, by taking TQ at the high level Japan Nats.
Team mates Yuya Sahashi with Serpent in 2nd, and Tadahiko in 7th after qualifying.
In the 40 minute final Fukuda was able to take the win, less then 10 sec. ahead of Serpents Takumi Matsuda and in 3rd Yuya Sahashi.
Also Tadahiko made he main final and finished in 9th, making it 3 Serpent 733 in the main, with 2 on the podium, well done !!.
Team Serpent Japan
More info: http://www.jmrca.jp/championship/2010/gpt/top.htm
After the quarter finals we have 2 more drivers in the semi finals.
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