With a blistering performance Shepherd’s Oliver Mack crowned himfself as the new 1/8th IC Track European Champion this past weekend. Already in the semifinal he showed his speed and bumped up to the main final to join Shepherd team mate Simon Kurzbuch who took TQ in qualifying. In the main final Oliver and his pitmen Armin and Dennis Weihert showed a flawless performance. Wtih a super fast pitstop Oliver managed to pass Dario Balestri and took over the lead in the early stages of the race. When Dario had to retire after 16 minutes Oliver’s gap over the rest of the field was already one lap. With all his routine he kept this distance to the end to claim his first European Championship title. Serpent’s Merlin Depta came in second while Simon Kurzbuch had to settle for third, another lap down, following engine troubles.
A perfect 60-minute display of driving netted Tadahiko Sahashi the 1:8 Onroad World title this evening in Japan. Making his World Championship final debut, the Serpent driver cruised to victory to becomes the 11th driver to lift the biggest prize in the sport’s oldest category taking a comfortable win over the Mugen/OS pairing of Takaaki Shimo and Atsushi Hara. The 19th running of the World Championship, Sahashi’s win marks Italian manufacturer Picco’s first World title in the sport’s Formula One category and the first title for Serpent since 1997. In the pitlane it was Picco’s Eduardo Picco and Serpent designer Michael Salven who ensured perfect fuel & tyre stops en route to the 24-year-old taking a hugely popular win.