This week-end was the European Championship in Spain. Team Magic driver Thomas Vigneron, current modified French Champion participated this event and made incredible results during all the race, with his “old” Team Magic E4RS III Plus, as the E4RS4 will arrive around mid July.
Thomas Vigneron made very nice qualification runs, with a 5th overall place in Q1 and 7th in Q2. So, he qualified his Team Magic E4RS III Plus in A-main in modified category, at the 9th overall place.
Of course, I crossed all the fingers I can with the hope to obtain a 6th or 7th place, which was for sure something possible, but the simple fact to be in finale, for a small team like Team Magic – moreover with the “old” E4RS III Plus – is something incredible and fantastic ! (Look at the B-main to understand)
GREAT JOB Thomas !!
Lionel Troyon – Team Manager for Team Magic Europe
Original report from Thomas Vigneron (version française en fin de page):
Hola! The last weekend took place the European championship Touring in Spain in Almussafes (close Valencia). The French team is composed of 5 Modified drivers, 8 in stock and 1 in F1.
Thursday is dedicated to the registration, the free practices and the controlled practices. The Tires imposed for every driver are the LRP G36 which are strong with correct performances. The imposed tire additive is the LRP asphalt. This chosen additive does not procure a lot of grip to the tires on this asphalt; but it is necessary to make with, especially as everybody is on the equal footing. The free practices allow me to discover the track and especially the very low conditions of grip. The balance of my Team Magic is good but springs and hydraulics are not adapted.
After some favourable adjustment, the controlled practices start in purpose to determinate a re-classification to dispatch the drivers of same level in qualification groups. Driving in used tires, I abandon the idea to perform on 2 laps and I decide to make these runs like qualification runs to the constancy of me and my car over 5 minutes. The two runs are OK, the car is quite easy and steer round, with a bit of understeering. Contrary to all expectations I am classified 13th and first French of the reseeding. I am rather confident for the next day and hope for an improvement of 2 tenth by lap with new tires, so 3 seconds over 5 minutes.
On Fridays there is a practice before the 6 qualifications, it allows me to modify the setup of my Team Magic and to determine the setup for the qualis, I realize the 8th time on 2 laps, still with my tires of Thursday. The car is on the limit between comfort and performance, ideal to begin the qualifications. We all have 5 sets of fresh tires for 6 qualis.
My Q1 is done without mistake with a small slowing down in the last 3 laps to insure my place. Ronald Volker who observed the run congratulates me. I say to myself that it was probably not so bad and after the run of the series of Ronald and Bruno Coelho I am still 5th at 25 hundredth of the 3rd, Loïc Jasmin. I am over the moon! I hope to redo just at least once a run like that.
After Q3 I am always 4th in the general ranking behind Ronald, Bruno and Marc Rheinard, a kid’s dream (I know some are going to laugh at me but I assume, lol). Q4, I still do not touch the setup and I come down to the 5th place, Q5 I start with used tires and contrary to all expectations I have some grip and traction in the point to make wheeling and to roll over in the back turn of the straight line where a bump destabilize the cars.
Before the start of Q6, the A-finale is not still safe for me; we are 6 drivers with 2 points of gap only. I decide to start in new tires (I wanted to keep an extra train for the finales) and to modify slightly my setup by removing the anti-dive in my front arms. The car is of course easier, not faster but I am more consistent on 5 minutes and I realize my Q6. The most constant and thus the fastest of my qualis, even if 9 drivers are faster at this moment.
I am a little worried during marshalling of the last series and in the wait of the overall ranking. I am finally relieved when I discover that I would participate the Modified A-Main the next day by starting from the 9th place. I am also very satisfied for Loïc who joins finale A after Q6 and also disappointed for Cyril who stays in B-Main.
On Saturday, day of the finales, it is raining! Fortunately the rain stops fast to leave place to the sun and to a practice with a dry track, but with not much grip. I take advantage of this practice to try a harder differential and more camber gain on front. As result: I would have had to make it earlier, I regret it.
Finale 1, no anxiety nor of stress, I cannot believe it. During the call of the pilots in front of me, I can’t believe to be called with them! At 2 minutes of the end, I am 6th with a small advance on the following ones. Unfortunately, at 4 minutes 30 everything stops, the pinion decided to leave my motor.
The finales 2 and 3 are alike, I end twice 8th and thus to the 10th place overall, with nevertheless a good rhythm in the laps in all finales.
I would keep in memory the Modified podium with the finalists, the fireworks in broad daylight, the very pleasant track layout. And also the speed radar on display with correct top speeds despite of the low grip: a small 117kmh for me and a 121kmh for Alexander Hagberg. The victory in stock of our Alexandre Duchet, the fight on the track between Julien Jost and Jan Ratheisky; and a travel back to Paris rather long but in Class C.
European Championship – Overall Result:
A – 1. Ronald Volker
A – 2. Marc Rheinard
A – 3. Bruno Coelho
A – 4. Alexander Hagberg
A – 5. Viljami Kutvonen
A – 6. Elliott Harper
A – 7. David Perez Perez
A – 8. Loïc Jasmin
A – 9. Viktor Wilck
A – 10. Thomas Vigneron – Team Magic E4RS III Plus
B – 11. Christopher Krapp
B – 12. Frederik Südhoff
B – 13. Cyril N`diaye
B – 14. Michal Orlowski
B – 15. Nicola Marrone
B – 16. Manuel Wagner
B – 17. Alessio Menicucci
B – 18. Alexandre Laurent
B – 19. Harley Eldridge
B – 20. Marc Fischer
C – 21. Javi Ferrando
C – 22. Olivier Bultynck
C – 23. Anna Wysgol
C – 24. Miko Teponoja
C – 25. Aaron Rose
C – 26. David Ehrbar
C – 27. Damian Giddins
C – 28. Jesus Casanova Aparisi
C – 29. Finn Olav Aasen
C – 30. Tommy Jensen Indrefl
C – 31. Henning Stavnhaugen
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