EUROPEAN TC CHAMPIONSHIP
JUNE 28 - JULY 1 ALMUSSAFES, SPAIN
The 2017 1:10 Electric Track European Championship marked the 18th running of the EFRA event but for Infinity it was the start of a new chapter as it would be our Euros debut as an electric touring car manufacturer. Carrying the weight of this honour would be Marc as travelled solo to Almussafes in Spain to represent the team. A large track which previously hosted the 1:8 Onroad European Championships back in 2008, conditions for the three day would prove challenging due to low traction with even the South East of Spain unable to avoid the rain that seems to be following our EP team!
Arriving in sunny conditions and impressed by the look of the track unfortunately after the first of the three free practice runs on Thursday morning it was clear drivers where going to have to deal with loose conditions, wind not helping matters. Ending up third fastest despite having no one to share set-up data with, as the event switched to two rounds of seeding practice Marc struggled with the consistency of the tyres. In the first run he could only manage the 7th fastest time but changing tyres, he would knock over a second off his pace over 3-consecutive laps to end up 4th fastest. With the first of 6 rounds of qualifying bringing a close to Day 1, it was to be a frustrating Q1 as he registered a P4 after suffering a 360 spin in the ‘really difficult conditions’.
Hopeful of a better Day 2, reduced wind certainly helped and Marc opened with a P3 in Q2 which he then followed up with a P2. Making a tactical decision to use just 3 sets of tyres in qualifying in order to save 2 to go with the extra set available for the finals, Marc would qualify his IF14 third overall behind Top Qualifier Ronald Volker and Bruno Coelho.
With drivers already challenged by the conditions, the last thing they wanted to see was rain but that’s what arrived on Sunday morning. With around an hour & half of drying time between the rain stopping and the start of A1, Marc’s tyre gamble would pay even greater dividends as he could get the jump on both Ronald and Bruno ahead of him as they struggled for traction. Setting the fastest lap of the race, Marc would win by over 2.6-seconds from Bruno, this result to prove important to the overall result. With everyone on new tyres for A2 and 3, the Top 4 would finish exactly as they started both encounters with that A1 win securing Marc the overall runners up spot on the tiebreaker behind Ronald. Summing up the event as a ‘very difficult Euros’, we thank Marc for representing Infinity so well and for giving the IF14 a podium result on its European Championship debut. Muchas Gracias Marc.