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Kiitokset ja kiitokset kuvauksista!! 8)
A little story coming up to you what happened last weekend in Norway.
Saturday morning in was the turn of the tech.
Here is my rig on course two.
There were three courses in the morning and three in the afternoon.
First three courses were quite easy with only few harder gates. You don't wanna mess here!
Rig was working without single incident the whole weekend. Just like it should!
Going for the last gates of course two.
I was able to squeeze myself into the semi finals. (top 10) Here is the course in question.
Tactical driving to make it to the finish line.
All is going as planned.
I got really good touch in terms of driving the rig in both of the final courses. Everything went smooth, without bigger mistakes.
Going for the tenth gate of the semi final course.
Hangover before the finals?
The final course was named "Arve's revenge two". Is seemed to be extremely tough.
Gate two cleared.
At first gate three seemed to be one of the trickiest on the course. Luckily my idea of the line and approach worked.
Gate five soon to be progressed.
On the way to gate seven. I have been driving quite a lot in this sort of terrain, and I think that helped me a lot in there.
Yet again my idea of approach worked out just the way I planned.
Can it go any better?!
On the way to gate eight my front tire grabbed a little bit on the big rock. Nothing to be worry about though.
Working for the line to gate ten.
It's going, IT'S GOING!!
This has to be one of the best performances I have ever made. The feeling was beyond reach after the course, let me tell you.
Time to show the courses in moving picture!
Course 1 - (-20/-20)
The first three courses in the morning was made to be easy. This first one had only one really tricky gate. Gate five, where some of the drivers took one gate, others even two.
I didn't have any issues on this one and was able to clear it without penalties.
Course 2 - (-20/-20)
This course two, if possible was even easier than the first one. Absolutely no drama there what so ever. Gate nine was a problem for few drivers, but mainly the scores were clean.
Course 3 - (-20/-20)
Course three was the hardest of the morning courses. Some tricky gates, which were suprisingly exact about the line.
In this course, I had no problems and the mood was good on the driving. After the three first courses I was in the lead with LaaLaa on -60 points. So only two guys went all three without mistakes.
Course 4 - (+16/-20)
This course was the hardest one of all weekend. For us when we turned down there, the wind and the waves had grown a lot. The sea was coming in for the course. Salty ocean water was practicly raining horizontally and that's why the lens of the camera is so poor at this and the rest of the courses. I even had to do the same thing, than in the Worlds last year. Drive without my glasses.
This course relly didn't go as planned. One reverse all the way to the gate five, which was really tricky to clear. Got roll over and a straddle from there, and that was only the start of things. On gate seven I hit a stupid marker and on the way to gate ten I falled off the cliff and had 40 seconds left on the watch, so another straddle. My points were only positive thing in this course. Nuff said.
Course 5 - (-20/-20)
This course was basically on the highest point of the comp site we drove in. The wind had to be somewhere round 20m/s, cause at some points you really had troble to stand. After this course the microfone of the camera is a wreck.
Course was yet another tough one. Luckily it was good for me. Only panic was on gate seven, where I couldn't reach the top at first time on a proper line. Then the rig rolled over and almost hit a gate. After all I managed to go without penalties and that's the main thing. I already lost my lead on the fourth course.
Course 6 - (+5/-20)
As it turned out we had one classic example how not to use the camera.
It has started recording this course when I was in the finish line.
So no video from this one. I was the first of our little crew to go for this course. Gate one - no problem. On gate two there was few "steps" to go for the gate. Steps were just in the right angle for the rigs wheelbase to not carry enough width for making it. Tried couple of times and rolled on to the first gate. Then I decided it would be safer way to straddle it and continue for the rest of the course. All the other gates went well except for two reverses and I ended up with positive five points from this course. Could have gone better...
Main thing though, was to get to the semi finals (top ten). That I was able to do with -59 total points, that I had after the qualification.
Semi Final Course - (0/-20)
Semi final course was up next. I think I was fifth after qualification, but that didn't have any effect on the semi finals other than driving order. Allthought that didn't really matter either, cause the drivers were not able to see other perfomances. I went to the course and after seeing it, I decided to straddle gate three. There was too big risk of falling down from the rock and that would take some time to continue. All did go as planned to gate nine, but there I paniced when the rig started to roll and floored it on gate nine. Another straddle. Made it to finish and asked from the guys how did I do. At that point zero points was the best result and actually it stayed like that. So I carried two point lead over BOLT and 14 point lead over LaaLaa before the final course.
Final Course - (-20/-20)
I didn't have too much time to inspect the course closer, cause I was running straight from the sporty finals to this. I only had two point lead, which meant all or nothing. Worst case, I would be third.
Driving was way too easy to be final course. Every sigle line went straight from the first try and just as I planned. Unreal feeling to finnish final course without penalties. That was one of the greatest moments for me in this hobby.
Unreal and epic.
Feels good to take the Nordic Championship second year in row.
First three guys are with the points of final. 4-10 are the points from semi finals and rest of the guys have their points from qualification.
Top three SuDu Pros. That says a lot of the chassis as well.
Our battles with LaaLaa will soon continue I hope. It's gonna be tight season!
My result from the weekend. Three times number one and only one time second. I can be proud of the rigs!
This is what salty seawater will do for brand new motors.
Something unfamiliar was found on the knuckleweights too.
Now it's couple of weeks till the next comp. Now I at least have my self confidence as it was last year.
I still would like to thank the norwegians for setting an awesome weekend in Norway!