September 30, 2017

Greiner continues return form with 1:10 TQ run

Dominic Greiner is continuing to be the benchmark on his return to 1:10 in the Euro Nitro Series with the Serpent driver TQ’ing the opening round of qualifying at Fiorano.  Despite setting the fastest time from Xray pairing Alessio Mazzeo and Bruno Coelho, the World Champion and most of his rivals were unhappy after the first of the four scheduled rounds, as the issue of a difference in tyre batches raised its head again.  With 1:8 having to be given an extra round of practice as the batch of race tyres proved to be a different shore to those supplied for practice, unfortunately it was in the first 1:10 qualifier that a suspected softer front shore tyre was first run as the handout tyre.

‘Super difficult, the balance was completely different’, was Greiner’s reaction as he went out to marshal.  The German continued, ‘I spoke to the other drivers and they had the same problem so it must be a different tyre.  My car was super good yesterday but now it is really difficult.  We need to check the tyres and work on a new set-up because this is the tyre we will be on for the rest of the weekend’.  Asked what he though was different about the latest batch of tyres he replied, ‘the car has more steering, the traction is ok so I think the front tyre now is softer’.

Mazzeo said, ‘My car was undriveable for the first 5 or 6 laps. It was so loose in the rear and I had many mistakes’.  He continued, ‘the last 4 or 5 laps it got better and I could push to finish the run but we must work with this new tyre now which is completely different to yesterday’.

Championship leader Coelho also described his car as ‘undriveable’.  He added, ‘many drivers complain of the same thing so maybe it is the tyres.  My car was really undriveable and it caused me to make many many mistakes that were not my fault. I just lost control of the car’.

Interestingly posting the fourth fastest time Toni Gruber didn’t find his WRC car difficult to drive, the tyres looking to have helped improve his car from yesterday.  The European Champion said, ‘the track changed a little bit to yesterday.  It was slower but my car had better steering than yesterday and I just tried to drive really safe’.  Feeling he lost time due to having run two 1:8 qualifiers this morning before the first 1:10 attempt and it took him some time to adjust back to his 1:10 driving style.  Saying his goal was a Top 3 run, he said finishing 22/100ths behind Coelho his P4 was OK given he had a slow start to the heat.  For Q2 he said he will ‘for sure drive safe again but push it a little harder’ now that he has got the feeling for 1:10 back again.

‘Not so good’ was David Loppini’s thoughts on Q1.  The Italian Xray driver added, ‘I think the tyres change from yesterday because I have a problem with the rear and it was a very difficult qualifier for me’.  He continued, ‘with another tyre we will have to change all the car to try get it to suit’. Behind Loppini, Manuel Strano completed the Top 6 ahead of Shepherd pairing Thilo Todtmann and Eduardo Escandon.

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