@JW Congratulations on your 2nd place.
On Heemstede traction was medium, specially in the evening when the temperatures went to 10 degrees C and the curbs got dampy it was a little tricky to drive as you had to stay of the curbs otherwise it would be risky to spin out. Even de TC's spun out sometimes.
Ben had some issues of spinning out and he had broken a steering block during the race(could have been the spinning out issue while driving with an almost broken steering block).
Joost had a problem in the first final where he was hit from behind and DNF. It looked like the pod was completely bend by the hit but lucky it was only some durt that got stuck between the t-bar and the chassis wich made it tweak to one side. Second final joost battled for the lead and got second place behind Niels. Overall Ben and Joost had the same points but joost had a better qualification that got him 3rd place and Ben 4th place.
I was qualified 2nd behind Niels. I got 2nd place in the first final. In the second final i got passed niels in the first round through the wide sweeper (canteen corner) as Niels got a little wide halfway through the corner i passed him underneath at full throttle and out on the straight with 95+km/h with Niels and the others behind me. That move is a once in a lifetime kind of manouvre
A round later while getting round a corner my backend got lose and on the grass doh! The train passed me and the marshals took their time to put me back and i lost 1,5 rounds. I had to battle 5 minutes to get through the field again for a 4th spot. Kees (that was on 3rd) made a mistake and went on the grass just before the last 2 or 3 rounds. I went into safe mode for 3rd place and overall 2nd place podium spot.
Kees, Haal and roy had a good battle as far as i could see while driving the race.
It was a nice first race. We could have driven with almost a full heat but the weather report was bad with 90% of rain so 7 drivers is still good. Even with the cold and somewhat lower traction we scored lots of 16's with a couple of 16,4's from different drivers. When traction is getting better i expect very low 16's or even high 15's and no more slippery curbs!
From top to bottem: roy, haal, niels, me, joost and kees. Ben called a delay as he had to fix something on his car so isn't in the picture