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2016 Nordics, Sweden In Pictures

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It all started on the boat over to Sweden with some of Kimi’s new ICEMAN Longdrink.

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Some people had too many longdrinks and missed the arrival. I had to drive the camper off the boat before they threw it in the sea, and then picked these two bastards up at the bus stop.

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Look at that beauty!

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Max was super excited to be at the Nordics. This is Max super excited.

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Arto (D2) is trying to remember if he changed his clutchbell bearings in 2011 or 2012.

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John “Jesus” Sandberg was back racing. With his “flickmobil”. He was in the lowest main, but bumped after I gave him the “are you kidding me look” as we checked the schedule for Sunday, with an 8am start. I think everyone loves Jesus, he is a great guy.

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Mr Full Throttle Max Johansson somehow, SOMEHOW didn’t fly off this rather tight high grip challenging track, and made the main, finishing 7th. He has improved massively and will keep improving if he sticks to it. Max is agro, I love it. His grandfather is funny too. Awesome team.

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Wowaweewaa!

We decided to be rebels and pitted out in the camping area. This was the walk to the track we took, filled with hope and dreams.

We decided to be rebels and pitted out in the camping area. This was the walk to the track we took, filled with hope and dreams.

Laptimes were guaranteed to be good by careful strategic planning and execution.

Laptimes were guaranteed to be good by careful strategic planning and execution.

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These guys told me to stop driving like a….like a….I can’t think of an appropriate term that’s not sexist or otherwise inappropriate. Like a…like me. I had to be more aggressive, fuck it, and just pull the trigger and hold on. Well after I just missed TQ in Q3 and finally got it in Q5 they were ready to take all the credit. Of course!

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Look at that sexy thing! Not the wheel.

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Botkyrka Club organised a banquet which was really nice. I forgot to take a picture of the food, but as you can see, it was popular!

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Checking the idle before the final!

It was really fun racing with David & Christoffer for the first 10-15 min, and then Coffe for another 30min after that!

It was really fun racing with David & Christoffer for the first 10-15 min, and then Coffe for another 30min after that!

Car was good, car was good!

Car was good, car was good!

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When you turn over 100 laps you know that’s a serious race you just completed.

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When I returned to “Camp Finland” the camper vans had gone. And left in the dust was this kid. I suddenly had become responsible for this innocent little boy in a foreign country. I feel like this was a test devised by his mom, a warm up you could say for our road trip to Spain next month. I don’t know why they don’t trust me, nothing ever goes wrong on my world tours….

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Sometimes things need to go right, even for the most stubborn of us. I tell you….

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I told you everyone loves Jesus, right? Max and me #rcgypsied it in style this time. Thank you, happy days!

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On Sunday night, after tucking Max into bed, we headed out to celebrate a Finn kicking all the Swedish guys asses once again. It was good.

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As I said, it was good!

We arrived home to this. :-D

We arrived home to this. 😀

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We had an epic breakfast. OH MAN!

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Monday and Tuesday we spent here, at the epic new Eskilstuna facility.

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Scandinavia, so clean and so organised.

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RC Racing is hard work, seriously. This guy couldn’t handle it.

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Nordic Champs 2016 – Finals

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Successful end to a great week end. We may not have top paid drivers, but we have great young drivers, and the improvements are huge and fast. Mr Full Throttle Max Johansson smashed his way into the main, and finished 7th, Max Mört also made it in, finishing 9th, and Oskari Matilainen was 3rd in the Junior Final.

The final went pretty much how I figured it would. David took a while, about 10min to find his groove, then pulled away, and me and Svensson were left to battle for 2nd. But as can happen in racing, things sometimes go wrong, and David was out. This made the 2nd place battle as important as I had made it in my mind, the battle for the win. In a long main it is easy to lose focus, but you just have to keep turning laps and try and go as fast as you can, without making mistakes. You never know what will happen, so put yourself in the best possible position to take advantage of whatever happens.

It seemed that everything went right this race, I made a couple of changes for the main and they both worked. I reduced rear camber a bit, and increased toe in from 2.5 to 3. My car was easier to drive and it paid off. I ran AKA long wear medium, and they were really good with the Impact tread. They definitely last longer than the old medium. Great job to AKA for finally figuring the long wear compounds out. My REDS R7 also worked really well, and as I had 10min runtime I stopped at around 9min a few times, and then 8:30 later in the race. My mechanic John Sandberg has pitted for me at 3 nordics and I have won every time! Arto Heinonen helped him in the pits, so thank you to those guys too! Now it’s time to practice more and see if I can catch David.

After the race I was left with this abandoned teenager. Couple of days of practice at the 2017 Euros track in Eskilstuna ahead.

After the race I was left with this abandoned teenager. Couple of days of practice at the 2017 Euros track in Eskilstuna ahead.

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Nordic Champion 2016!!!

Today we celebrate, tomorrow we post blogs.

Results

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Nordic Champs 2016 – Qualifying

Today was a good day in many ways. No I didn’t TQ, but I was on the pace. The last few years I haven’t been on the pace on these super high grip tracks, but today was different. I TQed the 1st run of the day, which was a 5min practice, and the last qualifying run. Svensson had the fastest run of the day which was a 5:01, and Ronnefalk and me both had 5:03’s. My three counting runs were 5:03, 5:03 and 5:06. Max Mört also had a good time in qualifying making the semi finals directly!

Ronnefalk is still the man to beat, posting multiple 32 lap times, but he kept making mistakes today. Normally those disappear in mains for him, so he will be tough to beat. Svensson and me are pretty even I would say at this point. It will be interesting to see how a longer run affects things. Sometimes in warm weather on high bite, cars change a lot in a longer run, and that could either spell disaster, or it could make someone even faster.

As I wrote a while ago this year is all about getting my driving right, and this week I basically started my preparation for the Euros and the Worlds. This race is a good place to start . I need to find pace, and be more aggressive, and that’s what I have been doing. I have made some mistakes, but at least I have been driving faster. I have changed my setup quite a bit after thinking long and hard about where the car is now, and what I need it to do on the track. The LV geometry and balance have made it possible for me to re-think previously determined “facts” of setup, and I am taking everything I have learned and all the improvements on the car and changing things up in the way I think will improve the performance for the Euros and the Worlds. This is the part of my job I really enjoy, and it is what I will be focusing on for the next few months.

Regardless of what happens tomorrow, I already know I am on the right track, and that is a good thing! I will explain the changes I have made, and the reasons for them later on. But basically, it’s all about maximising rear traction and stability, while adding steering at the same time. But the right kind of steering, not making the car nervous.

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Nordic Champs 2016, Sweden

Busy busy day at the Nordic Championships. This is the only annual race that I have never missed since I first attended in 2000! I have been to every one since then, and managed to win it at least once in all 4 countries, which was my goal back in the day. Last year I was fast back home in Finland, and it will be interesting to see how I can do here against the Swedes on their home turf. Today I was almost on the pace, but I need a bit more. Let’s see how it goes tomorrow.

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