The weekend of 1-2 March the first regional race of the season in Madrid was held, in the spectacular Fuencarral track, in which there were 80 drivers. For this event, some of the best national championship drivers gathered, from different places from Spain just to enjoy this event. Saturday practice rounds were cancelled due to the rain, so, we had to work double on Sunday, and also practice. Classification was made in two heats and both counted. In the first one, I decided start calmly, with a small spin tire since the track was still wet and muddy, even so, I had issues with my clutch which caused me lose some time. For the second round, as the track was dry I decided go out with a different tire, in soft compound, I felt more comfortable, but, even so, I knew something was wrong since I was not able to drive smoothly. However, I got the third place in this heat which gave me the third overall position in the overall standings.
After the sub finals were done, the track did not have the grip levels tha we are used to, so for the Semis I decided to try a small pin tire and as a last minute change I changed the position of the rear shocks and opted for different springs. After the Semi practice I realised that these last minute changes were perfect since I have achieved exactly what I was aiming for. The car behaved exactly as I needed and the engine provided all the power I needed for this hard track. When the semi started I just tired to stay calm and avoid making mistakes that cost valuable time. Five minutes into the race I realized I was running really comfortable in third, however I knew that the second position (Alberto Garcia) was really close so I tried to overtake. From that moment on we started a clean but fast and hard battle. We exchanged positions several times but finally I won the position, once this was secured I had my eyes on the first position but we had a gap berween us so I just cruised around until the end.
Finals time and the weather started to threaten the race. The referee decided to have a 30 min final instead of 45 since it started to rain and the track suffered a bit. At the start of the final I had the second position, early in the race the driver in the first position made a mistake so I took advantage of it and got the first position. I realized that my White edition car was perfect and it made me feel very comfortable and confident but I could not forget the other cars that were not too far behind. Refueling time came and I came into the pits first, my mechanics did a great job with no mistakes but after the pit stop I was running in second position. I soon realised that the other drivers opted for less pit stops. As the race progressed, after the last pit stop Alberto Garcia was 10 seconds ahead of me but I would never give up! In the last round we ended up with a 3 seconds difference, that I had no time to cover. It was a beautiful race and battle. Thank you to all my sponsors!
Alberto Garcia SWorkz Juanma Guillen JQ THECar White Edition Daniel Vega Agama
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Thomas Gisler wins 1st AMA GP with THEcar White Edition. Here is a report from Thomas:
On the weekend of the 9th of February, the opening race of the season 2014 was held at the AMA track in Rio de Janeiro. The GP AMA is a 4 round event and is held exclusively on the AMA track.
Due to the extensive dry and hot period in Brazil, the track was dusty and didn’t have the usual high grip as in last year’s races. Despite watering the track a lot, we decided to cut the A-Main to 30 minutes in order to guarantee visibility and avoid potential damage to the nitro engines.
The race schedule had free practice, 2 qualifying rounds and the finals. During qualify, my car did not have the best setup, forcing me to reduce the pace and go for rather consistent than fastest laps. Despite that, I qualified in 4th position.
As acting race director for the other classes, I had only time to change clutch bearings for the A-Main, knowing that the suspension does have an issue somewhere. But I simply didn’t have time to take care of it.
I had a pretty good start in the race and was able to stay in the leading group, but clearly missing the edge whenever I had to do a really fast lap. My fastest lap was up to half a second slower than my direct competitors laps. Again… being consistent and trying not to lose contact with the leading group was that I had to do. I managed to stay in the same lap, never falling out of the top 5 positions, had perfect pit-stops and my engine, despite the heat and dust, worked very very well. Towards the end of the race, the problems on the competitors’ side increased. Either cars breaking or engines flaming out allowed me to take the lead with only 2 minutes to race. Rodrigo Nakad, Rio de Janeiro State Champion 2013, was chasing me hard and while pushing to stay ahead, I made a small mistake and had to let him pass. I tried everything to stay close to him and who knows, force him to make a mistake. It promptly happened on the big triple, bad landing, car turned over… and died. In the lead again, I basically carried my White Edition around the track for the last lap and was able to take the win home. It was definitely a lucky win, but as I always say, to win a race you have to cross the finish line. And my car, despite the problems in xetup, proved to be an absolutely reliable car and made it to the finishing line without any flaw.
By the way, when I later on finally looked at my car, I discovered two small things that changed my cars behavior. The front sway bar was completely binded, no movement at all (I am not sure which kid at home I have to punish for that…), and the upper link had some bind on the tower (there I have to punish myself). I knew that there was something wrong, but simply didn’t have the time to investigate. But what I know now, the White Edition, even on a bad day, can win a race. Knowing now what was wrong with the car, I am very confident for the next race!
Thomas Gisler JQ/Novarossi/Procircuit Leandro Campos Mugen/Novarossi/AKA Rodrigo Nakad Mugen/Novarossi/Procircuit
Great news from USA! Legendary US manufacturer MIP and JQ Products have inked a deal, seeing MIP support the JQ Team with tools, for all future wrenching needs! MIP issued this statement about the deal:
"We are proud to welcome Joseph Quagraine and the JQ Products Team, to MIP's growing international team. Joseph's vast abilities on and off the track makes him a perfect representative and asset to MIP's business presence around the World. We are looking forward to a fruitful 2014 and beyond."
This is now the 7th JQ Team sponsor to sign up for the 2014 season, after REDS, AKA, Savöx, LRP, PSM and GHEA. We would like to thank Eustace Moore and his crew for the support!