September 22, 2018

Kurzbuch to start title defence from pole

Simon Kurzbuch will defend his Euro Nitro Series title tomorrow at the Season Finale in Italy from pole position.  The Shepherd driver made it a clean sweep of qualifying for the 2018 season as he wrapped up his fourth TQ from the championship four races.  Having suffered a broken front belt in Q3 and title rival Dario Balestri get the TQ for that round, Kurzbuch had to wait until the final round to bag himself the extra championship point which could prove vital at the end of tomorrow’s 45-minute final.  He took the final qualifier ahead of Robert Pietsch and Toni Gruber after a hard pushing Balestri had a mistake in the second half of the qualifier.  The Italian will start 2nd with Pietsch third while Andrea Pirani makes it four different manufacturers at the head of the grid.  Kurzbuch’s TQ today eliminates Gruber from the title fight, the WRC driver at best being able to equal the leaders points tally with a win but loosing out on the tie break.  Between himself and Balestri, however, if the Italian wins he must be sure to finish on the podium with a 3rd place giving him his 3rd consecutive title on tie break with the only driver who has previously denied him becoming champion.

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September 22, 2018

Title ‘still alive’ as Greiner secures TQ at ENS Italy

Dominic Greiner’s hopes of a first Euro Nitro Series title are ‘still alive’ after the Serpent driver secured the overall TQ in the fourth & final round of qualifying in Fiorano, Italy.  Needing the bonus championship point so as to start the final with a chance denying championship leader Jilles Groskamp his second title, Greiner took Q4  by over 1.3-seconds from Alessio Mazzeo.  The only driver who could potentially start on pole having TQ’d Q3, Teemu Leino couldn’t match Greiner ending up third quickest ahead of his Infinity team-mate Groskamp.  Overall the result means Leino will start second with Mazzeo moving ahead of Groskamp to start third with Erik Dankel completing the Top 5 on the grid.  In order for Greiner, the championship’s most winning driver, to secure the title he first must win and then hope that Groskamp is third or lower.

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September 22, 2018

Leino takes penultimate qualifier at ENS Italy

Teemu Leino has taken the penultimate round of qualifying at the Infinity Euro Nitro Series finale in Italy.  The Infinity driver lead a 1-2 for the team with championship leader Jilles Groskamp also putting in his best performance of qualifying so far.  Leino was a full 1-second clear at the top of the times with Alessio Mazzeo completed the Top 3. Having dominated the top of the times sheets in practice and the opening two qualifiers Dominic Greiner would end up fourth but still looks firmly on target for the overall TQ he needs to challenge Groskamp for the title in tomorrow’s 45-minute final.

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September 22, 2018

Kurzbuch again in Q2 as traffic costs Balestri

Simon Kurzbuch has taken another TQ run at the ENS Season Finale in Italy but only after title challenger Dario Balestri hit traffic over the final two laps.  Posting the fastest lap of the second qualifier, Balestri was leading the times but lost around 7/10th in the closing 2-laps to cross the line 0.247 off Kurzbuch.  Again the pair would be the only drivers to record 17 laps of the Fiorano track, the TQ pace just slightly slower than that recorded by Kurzbuch last night which all but assures him the overall TQ if it came to a tie breaker.  Behind the two title contenders, Robert Pietsch, who set the pace at the beginning of the run, completed the Top 3 ahead of the Andrea Pirani, Lamberto Collari and Alberto Picco.

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September 22, 2018

Greiner opens Day 2 with another TQ run

Dominic Greiner has kicked off Day 2 of the Infinity Euro Nitro Series in Italian with another TQ run.  Having predictably set the benchmark in practice yesterday at Fiorano and capped off the day with a TQ in the opening qualifier, the Serpent driver repeated that form but this time with a greater gap over his rivals.  Closest to German would be Teemu Leino, the Infinity driver 1.4-seconds off the TQ pace which was more than 1.6-seconds quicker than the Q1 topping time.  After recording a DNF in Q1, Mugen’s Erik Dankel had a much improved run completing the Top 3 ahead of the Infinity’s Francesco Tironi, Jilles Groskamp and Andy Moore.  Having been the closest challenger to Greiner yesterday, Alessio Mazzeo ended up 8th for the round following a mistake that cost him 4-seconds while in contention for the TQ.

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September 21, 2018

Kurzbuch from Balestri in Q1

Simon Kurzbuch has taken the opening round of qualifying at the ENS Season Finale in Italy this evening.  The reigning champion just 1/10th faster than title challenger Dario Balestri at the end of the 4-minutes as the pair took advantage of ideal conditions to post 17-lap runs.  Behind, just missing out on 17-laps, Carmine Raiola ran the third fastest time ahead of Robert Pietsch, Silvio Hächler and Alberto Picco.  For Toni Gruber, the third of the drivers who could potentially be crowned champion come Sunday evening, a disappointing practice didn’t get any better as he was forced to retire half way into the first of the four qualifiers with ‘a problem with the electrics’.

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September 21, 2018

Greiner takes opening qualifier at ENS Italy

There was no surprise in the opening 1:10 qualifier at the Infinity Euro Nitro Series in Italy as Dominic Greiner topped the times.  A driver who needs to TQ & win this weekend to have a shot at clinching his first ever ENS title, the German’s Serpent was fastest over the 4-minutes by just under a second from Alessio Mazzeo, the Xray driver hampered by a gearbox issue.  The driver Greiner is hoping to deny the title, Jilles Groskamp would open the four rounds of qualifying with the third fastest time ahead of Infinity team-mates Teemu Leino, Francesco Tironi and Andy Moore.

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September 21, 2018

Greiner & Kurzbuch top seeding in Fiorano

Dominic Greiner and Simon Kurzbuch are the top seeds for qualifying at the season finale of the Infinity Euro Nitro Series after they topped the two rounds of controlled practice at Fiorano.  Fastest in free practice, Greiner repeated the feat in the seeding runs but with a significantly slower time over the 3-consecutive laps.  Having had a 6/10th advantage, his rivals closed the gap in controlled practice with the Xray of Alessio Mazzeo going second fastest only 1/10th off the Serpent driver.  Infinity’s Teemu Leino completed the Top 3 with Eric Dankel’s Mugen making it four different manufacturers in the mix at the front.  Championship leader Jilles Groskamp was next up with the fifth fastest time.  Fourth fastest in free practice Kurzbuch put his Shepherd top of the times ahead of Carmine Raiola, the Infinity driver fastest in CP1.  Controlled practice would also see Kurzbuch’s main title rival Dario Balestri move up with the Infinity driver completing the Top 3 ahead of free practice pace setter Robert Pietsch.  For the third of the potential champions, Toni Gruber, practice ended with the WRC driver dropping to seventh quickest.

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