Belgium Buggy Races with David and Robert >> Closing Race 2010
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Hi all, last weekend the 20th of June we had our last race of the season in Belgium.
With the world championship in September at De Panne this would be good training.
And it was! With some guys from Holland and the UK it was a real battle. Onshore wind force 5-6 bf and cloudy weather. And of course the wet beach with bumps and humps.
Together with Robert Smits from Ozone Nl we checked the conditions of the beach and this was wet, hard and full of bumps.
With the start of the first race I went off with the Yakuza GT 4.5 and Robert made the chose for the 3.7. My start was good and after some laps I found myself in 2nd place. Robert was some meters behind me. But I never had such hard conditions in a race before. Hitting the water at 70 km/h, getting 1 meter up in the air with all the wheels. Crazy! Joost Nieskens from Holland had a huge crash just in front of me. He got off the ground and made some flips with his buggy. Later on he told me his sidebar was broken!
So this race I ended 2nd and Robert 3rd.
Directly we went on for the 2nd race. Some changes in the track which made it more technical.
This race I ended up second and Robert in 4th place.
With the wind picking up I chose the GT 3.7. When I pulled it up I got hit by a massive gust. Getting the kite at the side of the wind window and still getting pulled forward… Some people advised me to take a size smaller but the GT allows you to take a big size and make small corrections in power with the brake lines. This race it was a great battle with Jeroen Potters from Holland but I could manage to keep in front of him and get a 2nd place again.
So the start of the 4th race. I needed to go faster so I took the GT 4.5 again. Nice power in it and just loose the break lines and u go upwind like no other kite. This race Arjen made a small mistake and I could take the lead over from him. Jeroen was again on my back but without fear I crossed the water and bumps so I could keep the lead and win this race. Yeah!
After a shower and a cold beer we had the price rewarding. Robert Smits just missed the stage in 4th place.
With only 4 points I was in 2nd place.
Great training for the WC in September, hope we can do 1 place better then!
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