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October 5, 2010

Finnish National Championships Round 3

Filed under: News — Team Durango @ 3:49 pm

Harri Kervola sent us this report from round 3 of the Finnish National Championships.

‘The third round of the Finnish Championship was held in Vaasa. The hosting club was Vaasa´s UA, who already held a perfect Euros in 2007 and will be hosting 2011 Worlds. The weekend started on Friday the 10th of September with a free practice. Saturday was a racing day of 2wd’s and Sunday was for 4wd’s.

panorama_vaasa

Photo by finRC.com

On the sunday morning the weather was quite wet, because we had some slight overnight rain. I passed my first run of controlled practise, because the track was very wet and slippery. The weather and the track conditions got better all the time, so I run the second round of the controlled practise. The balance of the car felt great and I was very happy with my pace.

Round 1.

The track was drying and it would probably be the fastest round of the day as the track would get slightly slower, because more rain was coming. I hadn’t enough pace because I took the first round too carefully. I also made one mistake, and due to that I drove to a wet spot and spinned out. There was a tight battle of the first place so Karri Salmela and Jarno Siltanen dropped me to the 3rd place.

Result top 5: Lap Total time Diff. Best time
1 Karri Salmela 12 05:15.3 25.416
2 Jarno Siltanen 12 05:15.4 0.081 25.5
3 Harri Kervola 12 05:15.4 0.136 25.673
4 Jani Hovi 12 05:19.4 4.068 25.93
5 Tomi Mairue 12 05:19.8 4.541 25.905

Round 2.

At the start of the round 2 it started to rain. At first it didn’t really seem to make much difference to the track, but as it kept raining, the track started to become a little slippy. However my car felt great and I drove a clean heat. Also my pace was very fast, so I took the first place of the 2nd round with a big difference compared to the others.

Result top 5: Lap Total time Diff. Best time
1 Harri Kervola 12 05:12.8 25.801
2 Tomi Mairue 12 05:21.8 9.018 26.114
3 Jarno Siltanen 12 05:24.4 11.567 25.804
4 Sami Salmela 12 05:25.6 12.736 26.058
5 Jussi Rinne 11 05:00.4 –1 Lap– 26.325

Round 3.

The track condition was the same as earlier. Once again I took a very fast and clean heat, so I won the second round. My fastest heat result was so fast, that no one could probably beat it. The TQ was very close now. 😉

Result top 5: Lap Total time Diff. Best time
1 Harri Kervola 12 05:12.1 25.673
2 Karri Salmela 12 05:16.7 4.646 25.725
3 Jarno Siltanen 12 05:20.7 8.592 25.746
4 Jani Hovi 12 05:21.1 8.976 25.965
5 Riku Tolonen 12 05:24.7 12.616 26.582

Round 4.

It started to rain more and more. Now the track was muddy and sticky. The balance of my car was totally wrong, there was too much rear traction and the car was slow. There was a tight battle of the first place and Jarno Siltanen dropped me to the 2rd place.

Result top 5: Lap Total time Diff. Best time
1 Jarno Siltanen 12 05:21.1 26.401
2 Harri Kervola 12 05:21.7 0.644 26.26
3 Karri Salmela 12 05:24.9 3.761 26.15
4 Samuli Kesseli 12 05:25.0 3.888 26.617
5 Pauli Helin 12 05:25.5 4.357 26.211

Overall top 3:

Driver Round1 Round2 Round 3 Round4 Overall
1 Harri Kervola 3 0 0 2 0
2 Jarno Siltanen 2 3 3 0 2
3 Karri Salmela 0 DNF 3 3 3

A-Final 1.

The track was very muddy and sticky. When I was starting to get ready to the first A-final I was a bite nervous about my car balance. Couple of the first laps I took too carefully and dropped down to the third place. After that something happened to my car and I lost almost all power, so I had to stop driving. ESC had gone wet, damn! Jarno Siltanen won the A-finals and Karri Salmela took the second place.

In the pit I tried to prepair ESC, because I hadn’t enough time to change a new one. And miracle happened, it worked! So now I had to hope that the ESC would work through the rest of the finals. However now my car balance was good and I was very confident with my pace.

Result:

Pos. Name Laps Total time Diff Best time In lap
1 Jarno Siltanen 11 05:03.3 26.042 3
2 Karri Salmela 11 05:03.8 0.493 26.269 8
3 Samuli Kesseli 11 05:12.1 8.822 26.755 4
4 Jani Hovi 11 05:13.5 10.169 26.685 1
5 Jussi Rinne 11 05:22.4 19.141 27.31 11
6 Riku Tolonen 11 05:22.8 19.485 26.986 4
7 Pauli Helin 10 04:46.2 –1 Lap– 26.799 5
8 Harri Kervola 4 02:02.2 –7 Laps– 26.561 1
9 Sami Salmela 3 01:37.3 –8 Laps– 27.297 3
10 Tomi Mairue 2 01:34.3 –9 Laps– 38.332 1

A1-Final video by finRC.com:

http://www.youtube.com/user/air2kfinland#p/c/FC09EC5798D9AA3B/3/sWEW-SOGoJk

A-Final 2.

The Track was heavily wet and muddy. Fingers crossed, work work ESC! Everything worked just fine and I took the win easily. In this final my toughest opponents Jarno Siltanen and Karri Salmela  had the same problems with electric device what I had had in the first final.

Result:

Pos. Name Laps Total time Diff Best time In lap
1 Harri Kervola 11 05:03.7 26.15 1
2 Jani Hovi 11 05:06.9 3.214 26.459 10
3 Tomi Mairue 11 05:09.8 6.106 26.2 3
4 Samuli Kesseli 11 05:19.1 15.429 26.591 5
5 Jussi Rinne 10 05:00.0 –1 Lap– 27.587 6
6 Riku Tolonen 10 05:05.0 5.025 27.017 7
7 Pauli Helin 9 04:16.9 –2 Laps– 26.441 5
8 Jarno Siltanen 9 05:21.9 01:05.0 26.197 4
9 Sami Salmela 0 –:–:–.— –:–:–. — –
10 Karri Salmela 0 –:–:–.— –:–:–. — –

A2-Final video by finRC.com:

http://www.youtube.com/user/air2kfinland#p/c/FC09EC5798D9AA3B/4/RbqUxc8MMRE

keijo_dexi_muddy

Photo by Kim Bengs

A-Final 3.

The track condition was horrible. Now everyone got to the grid and the battle of the win could start. There were a lot happening in the first laps and the positions changed couple of times. It seemed that I or Jarno Siltanen would take the win. We had a tough battle of the win with Jarno Siltanen, but suddenly something happened and he dropped far behind. Now I had to drive without any mistakes and the win would be mine. And I took it! I won the race. =D

Result:

Pos. Name Laps Total time Diff Best time In lap
1 Harri Kervola 11 05:11.5 26.477 9
2 Jarno Siltanen 11 05:12.6 1.102 26.661 9
3 Tomi Mairue 11 05:14.1 2.621 26.457 9
4 Jani Hovi 11 05:18.8 7.28 26.34 9
5 Samuli Kesseli 11 05:21.1 9.649 27.063 9
6 Karri Salmela 11 05:26.6 15.075 27.25 10
7 Pauli Helin 11 05:26.9 15.419 26.818 10
8 Riku Tolonen 11 05:29.7 18.16 26.479 6
9 Sami Salmela 10 05:18.9 –1 Lap– 27.375 8
10 Jussi Rinne 5 02:55.2 –6 Laps– 30.443 4

A3-Final video by finRC.com:

http://www.youtube.com/user/air2kfinland#p/c/FC09EC5798D9AA3B/5/a-Ju-O6-8CA

muddy_dexs

Photo by Kim Bengs

Overall result top 10:

Pos. Name Overal Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Car
1 Harri Kervola 2 8 1 1 DEX410
2 Jarno Siltanen 3 1 8 2 DEX410
3 Jani Hovi 6 4 2 4 DEX410
4 Tomi Mairue 6 10 3 3 DEX410
5 Samuli Kesseli 7 3 4 5 B44
6 Karri Salmela 8 2 10 6 TRF511
7 Jussi Rinne 10 5 5 10 DEX410
8 Riku Tolonen 12 6 6 8 FS2
9 Pauli Helin 14 7 7 7 B44
10 Sami Salmela 18 9 10 9 TRF511

Great results for Team Durango. We took the first, the second, the third, the fourth and the seventh places in the race results. =D

vaasa-sm3-2010

Photo by finRC.com

Finish Championship result after three rounds:

Pos. Driver 1 2 3 4 Overall
———————————————————————————————————–
1.Harri Kervola 90 76 100 266
2.Jarno Siltanen 82 82 90 254
3.Tomi Mairue 76 60 76 212
4. Jani Hovi 50 69 82 201
5. Joseph Quagraine 100 100 0 200
6. Karri Salmela 63 66 69 198
7. Henry Salmen 54 72 54 180
8. Jussi Rinne 69 38 66 173
9. Harri Nyman 66 63 44 173
10. Arto Heinonen 72 90 0 162

Team Durango holds the first, the second, the third, the fourth, the eight and the ninth places in the overall results when there is only one race left. =D

I want to thank for these videos and photos:

finRC.com in: http://www.youtube.com/air2kfinland

Kim Bengs’

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