May 4, 2018

Greiner tops first time practice at ENS Season opener

Coming in the the fifth season of the Infinity Euro Nitro Series as the clear title favourite, Dominic Greiner has lived up to expectations by setting the fastest time in the first of the timed practice runs at the season opener in the Netherlands.  Having been fastest in practice, the Serpent driver continued that form setting the fastest three laps from former champion Teemu Leino by 3/10th of a second around the De Baanbrekers.  The first time the majority of drivers have been to the Dutch track, it was a good showing for Serpent with Mark Green completing the Top 3 ahead of Jilles Groskamp. Interestingly a driver synonyms with 1:8 racing, Lamberto Collari is making his 1:10 race debut stopping the clocks in the 5th fastest time.

Summing up his first time practice run Greiner wasn’t overly pleased with the performance.  The German said, ‘we made a little change on the car and it was completely different to drive. It was loose in the rear.  We changed it back to what it was before during the run but it was still different. I don’t know if the track changed or the tyre’.  Not sure what way to react to the change for 2nd & final timed practice he said, ‘we need to see if its the tyre or track that is the problem’.  Asked how much worse the car felt compared to earlier he concluded, ‘Its not super bad but it was a lot better earlier’.

‘Ok’ was Leino’s reaction to his run.  The Finn added, ‘before I was looking for steering but now it is loose in the rear but I think it was the same for everyone. I could see other cars were more loose that time.  The track changed probably because of the opening ceremony (held between final free practice and 1st timed run)’.  Regarding changes to his IF14, he said, ‘I will wait and see how the track is’. Asked what he thought of the track, he replied, ‘its nice but looks boring until you drive it and see that you can start to make time out there’.

Describing the track as ‘easy’, adding, ‘it the type of track that you do four laps and you have learnt it, well for 1:10 anyway’, Green was very happy with his P3 pace.  The British driver said, ‘it is going very good. The car is working awesome so I have no complaints. Car, engine, driver are good and the weather is very good’.  Asked about changes to his 748, he replied, ‘the car has been very good from the get go and we just made a few rollbar and caster adjustment so we will keep it as is and just drive around’.

A driver who has raced here previously, albeit in 2003 and racing an electric touring car, Groskamp was quietly pleased with his pace.  The Infinity driver said, ‘Dominic is the benchmark and the gap to him is not to big so I’m happy’.  The Dutch driver who now lives in Thailand, continued about TP1, ‘the track was different, it is more warm now and most cars had less traction.  This is good for me because I was trying to make more steering but now I can just make the rear more stable’.

‘For my first time is not going too bad’ was Collari’s reaction to his P5 time.  The 9-time 1:8 World Champion said the biggest challenge is changing between 1:10 and 1:8 saying it takes about a minute for him to switch back to the driving style needed for each car.  Finding the 1:10 needs a smoother driving style, when asked about set-up he replied with a smile, ‘I didn’t build the car, someone in the team did that for me, Francesco (Tironi) made the set-up and I borrowed the bodyshell’.

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