October 1, 2014

Nacho Lopez takes final round of Spanish 1/8th nats

Nacho Lopez takes final round of Spanish 1/8th nats

The final round of the Spanish 1/8th nitro on-road nationals was held in Elche. Serpent’s Nacho Lopez, who had a difficult season so far, was able to secure his 5th consecutive TQ in the qualifiers making him a hot candidate for the win. In the semi final Nacho suffered a flame out at the start, a stop-and-go penalty for bad refuelling and excessive tyre wear made his car hard to drive in the closing stages so he could only secure the 4th spot on the starting grid for the main final.

In the final Nacho steadily moved his way up eventually being in 2nd place only 2 laps into the race. Peracho was in 1st place and also on a faster pace meaning Nacho would have to save time on refuelling to overtake him but a couple of minutes later Lopez was able to get into the lead. Around 12 minutes into the race it started to rain and Nacho came in for a tyre swap to damp tyres and while being the fastest driver in the wet he extended his lead but soon after the rain stopped and the track started to dry. Around the 35 minute mark the damp tyres on Nacho’s car were pretty much destroyed so he had to change tyres again. On now dry tyres the Serpent driver again was the fastest man on the track and he eventually took the win with his XRD-powered Serpent from Victor Gonzalez (Motonica/O.S.) and Vicente Eres (Shepherd/Picco).

Source: Serpent [serpent.com]


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