Before I write these reports I thought it would be good to just have a summary of how far things have progressed over the last few years.
Last summer however, we went to the IFMAR world championship in South Africa and Florian grabbed a podium in 1/12th scale modified. It is true that some of the favorites were absent, but it is and will remain a great performance. This really boosted his confidence and since then he achieved some great results.
He won the ETS warmup in stock, and ran the invitational race in modified as well. During one of these races, he kept Marc Rheinard at bay for the full 5 minutes. During this fight, you could also see Marc’s talent, because he never touched Florian even once during his numerous passing attempts.
EWS 11/11/2018 Race Report and settings
As always, Florian was entered in two classes, touring stock and mod. The weapons of choice were two Xray T4 2019 cars, of which you can see the build report in the previous articles.
Florian was seeded in both fastest groups. When I looked at his car in free practice, I noticed it was quite fast, but because the timekeeping didn’t work for his heat, I couldn’t tell in which position he was. In mod he was going quite fast as well and finished in P3 after the practice round.
In stock, Florian had an amazing Q1 run as he TQ’ed that one. In Q2 he took P2, Q3 P3 and Q4 P6. By then I should have known that it was time to use another set of tires as his pace was going down.
In the single final, he lined up in second place behind ARC driver Colin Jackson. In the beginning, Florian could follow Colin’ s pace but as soon as Zak Finlay started to attack him, Colin took an easy victory. When Florian made an error, Zak took the second place. Florian was hunted down by Tony Broad and Michal Tiit, but he just couldn’t defend his position anymore. At the end of the straight, his car had snap oversteer and he had to settle for fourth. Florian was quite disappointed, but he did a great job to qualify in second place.
Immediately afterwards, he had to race the modified final in which he qualified in P6. Florian had the pace to be higher up the ranking, but we assume he had a bad set of tires. In Q1, Q2 and Q3 he complained about sudden oversteer. I tried everything to calm the car down and used a very easy setup, but the problem remained. Nonetheless, he managed to grab a P6 in those qualifiers. For Q4, I decided to buy a new set of tires and the problem was now sorted. He had a great run and finished Q4 in 4th place, behind Kyle Branson (3), Olly Jeffries (2) and the imperial Elliot Harper who won all 4 qualifiers with relative ease.
In the final, Florian’s car was under-steering a bit and was easier to drive. Unfortunately, while running in P6, he clipped a kerb and fell down to P10. While lying in P9, he chased Chris Ashton hard, but unfortunately Chris traction rolled and landed on Florian’s body. With this flat pancake, Florian could only salvage P8. It was interesting to see however that, once used to drive his damaged car he ran within .3 of his fastest laptime, which he set just before the crash.
Xray T4 2019 stock set-up EWS RD2
Xray T4 2019 stock set up EWS RD2
LWS 18/11/2018, race report by Florian
The Longwy winter series is pretty cool as well. The track and atmosphere are quite similar to the EWS races. The organizers and drivers are all so friendly that it’s amazing those clubs are in two different countries!
After Q1 (despite being in the second fastest group), I was in P2. I opted to try the Montech Racer Leggera in Q2 and used that body for the rest of the race.
In Q2 I lost some time due to a backmarker and dropped to P5 overall. For Q3, my dad made some adjustments to my car (FR block 1 down and out) and this made the car even better. I was able to challenge for the TQ spot, but missed out by 1 second or so.
In A3 my car was simply amazing and I could chase Jacques Libar for the entire race but not pass him. I had to settle for P3, but I was really happy with that result.
For some reason or another, modified is so much more difficult to find a good setup. With the stock car, my Dad only changed minor things, but the mod chassis needed a lot of changes. As you can see from the setup (Which was what we ran it in the last final) he changed the rear toe-in, springs, Ackermann, top deck and body. I started in the finals from P6 and managed a P4, P5 and P6 in the finals to get a P6 overall.
Volante vs Sweep
The Sweep tires seem to have more initial steering and a bit less rear grip. The Volante tire is the opposite, with less steering, but more rear traction. We therefore reduced the rear toe-in in the mod car to 2.5 and still had enough rear end grip. In order to get more initial steering, we increased the Ackermann and used the Type S bodyshell.
In stock, the only thing we did was to use the Montech racer body instead of the Bittydesign M410. It seemed to give him a bit more corner speed. Ideally we should have compared it to an ULT Bittydesign, but we didn’t have one at hand.
Overall, we are really impressed with the performance of the T4 2019, both in stock and mod. The car is really amazing and responds very well to setup changes. It is also a very strong car. Florian couldn’t avoid a car spinning in the fast chicane and hit him head on. I thought his car would be badly tweaked, but he soldiered on as if nothing happened 🙂
Here are the set-ups we used at LWS
Xray 2019 T4 Stock set-up
Xray T4 2019 Mod set up
Looking forward to racing again soon, in the meantime thanks to the following
Special thanks to: