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July 11, 2017

Simon Kurzbuch wins at Swiss IC Track Nationals Rd4

The fourth round of the Swiss Nitro On-road Championship recently took place in Langenthal. Already on Friday the drivers took the chance to test engines and bodies but unfortunately it was drizzling on Saturday from time to time but it was never really wet and the qualifying could be held in good track conditions. In the 1/8th class once again Simon Kurzbuch stamped his authority on his home track. He shocked his rivals with lap times under 12 seconds and was the only one to pull 25 laps in qualifying which meant he easily took the pole position for the final as the super pole race went to Silvio Hächler in front of Thomas Henzi and Michael Henzi.

The weather forecast for Sunday wasn’t too promising and indeed it was raining just before noon. Luckily the track dried of quickly and the semi-finals were raced under dry conditions. At the start of the A-final Simon let his driving skills flash and he immediately pulled away from the field but about mid-race disaster stroke and a mechanical issue meant he would loose more than a lap on the leader. But Simon didn’t give up and the crowd at the track witnessed RC racing on the highest level as in the closing stages Simon clocked one hot lap after the other and also his pit crew did an outstanding job during refuelling and the second tyre change. And so after 45 minutes he crossed the finish line with an impressive lead of three laps over his fellow club colleague Michael Henzi while Christophe Pethoud completed the podium.

Source: Shepherd [team-shepherd.com]



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