November 11, 2009

Mark Green wins Gulf Coast Grand Prix

Mark Green wins Gulf Coast Grand Prix

Last weekend saw the Gulf Coast Grand Prix take place in Houston, Texas the host track of next year’s 1/10th scale IFMAR World Championships. The event attracted the US Xray team and the Serpent factory team, which had Mark Green and Michael Salven make the trip over from Europe for the event. In qualifying it was the Xray pairing of Paul Lemieux and Ralph Burch that took the top 2 spots with Paolo Morganti and Mark Green taking 3rd and 4th on the grid for Serpent. The 733 drivers may have struggled earlier in the event but by the final they were on the pace and in the final Green was pushing race leader Lemieux hard early on until he finally got passed, Paul would later crash taking himself out of the race. Behind Mark, who was setting the quickest laps of the entire weekend, the order changed as Salven hit a back marker and Scott Kimbrough came in for tires allowing Burch, who didn’t plan a tire change, to move up to 2nd spot. This strategy appeared to be working but later in the race the car became undriveable as his tires went and he was forced to make a stop for a new outside rear tire, a further crash would see him end up in 5th. Mark Green would take the win by 2 laps from Serpent team mate Paolo Morganti in 2nd, with Scott Kimbrough taking 3rd spot for Kyosho.

Source: Serpent []


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