This is a very short story from the Worlds. You can view the results and the end of this story.
The new World Champion is Mario Shöne, Germany.
It wasn't any surprise that he won. He was together with Vladimir Horky and Juha Yli-Sippola my favourite. I did, of course, believe in myself. Maybe more than previous years and even more after winning the warm-up race and qualifying well.
In the warm-up race I tried a new chassi and one of my bodies that I knew wasn't among the best ones I had.
I qualified well, to be me, turned a 1.91 lap which is just slightly slower than my ever best.
In the main I only ran two motors which were new combinations and I could have used the first one through the whole main since it looked really good due to a lot of choke.
I won the race ahead of Juha Yli-Sippola who was three laps behind me. Finishing strong beating Antti Immonen in third.
For the World Championships I felt, for the first time in many years that I could follow Mario and other peoples pace.
The qualifying on Saturday went well, Assi Maisenbacher won the qualifying and I came fourth with a 1,83 second lap and by that didn't have to drive the quarters and heats.
On Sunday it was time for semis and main. I took lane 8 (red) because I was afraid of it and wanted to practise on it prior to start. It didn't go well but not that bad doing 59 laps.
Next lane was lane 6 and to my horror I couldn't get through dead-man until I choked down. I was tight into the turns and loose exiting.
I only did 56 laps there and got worried.
Lane 4 proved to have the same type of grip as lane 6 had and now I knew I had to do something since it was not only one bad lane but a change in conditions to what I had experienced before on that track.
During the rest of the semi I tried different tyre hardness and rubber type but newer got any car that worked well. I knew that if I only can get the car to work I will be able to reach the main by laps taking one of the two last spots but that was not to happen and I ended seventh in my semi.
6:th of June, Click here to view the results, they are in Acrobat format and you will need Adobe Acrobat to view it.
Results from Bengt G:son Nilsson, Team21
24:th of June. Click here to go to RL site with results and some images from the race.
|Pos.||Driver, country, started on lane||Total||Heat1||Heat2||Heat3||Heat4||Heat5||Heat6||Heat7||Heat8|
|1||Lasse Åberg, Sweden, 6||890||115||106||115||114||110||115||107||108|
|2||Juha Yli-Sipola, Finland, 8||887||105||112||113||107||104||111||114||121|
|3||Antti Immonen, Finland, 1||882||97||116||119||114||96||118||108||114|
|4||Vlado Okali, Slovakien, 5||848||124||106||76||116||113||111||85||117|
|5||Einar Fyhr, Finland, 7||802||114||70||94||108||100||95||109||112|
|6||Gugu Bernardino, Brazil, 2||764||107||79||73||121||90||61||113||120|
|7||Anders Gustafson, Sweden, 3||760||113||112||97||96||44||111||101||86|
|8||Vladimir Horky, Czech Rep., 4||631||110||106||100||67||104||104||40||0|
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1999 Lasse Åberg