July 4, 2013

Simon Balk wins Mid-German regionals Rd2

Simon Balk wins Mid-German regionals Rd2

The second round of the Mid-German nitro on-road regionals took place in Ettlingen. The event was planned as a two day affair, but unfortunately there was heavy rain on Saturday and no driver had a chance to complete even one lap in dry conditions, but come Sunday the rain stopped and the sun came out. Qualifications started right after one round of practice and it was Simon Balk who took TQ followed by Hartmut Rose, Holger Kraft and Dennis Sting who rounded up the all-Xray top 4. The low traction made for high tyre wear and everyone in the main final was unsure about the right tyre strategy. Simon Balk opted for a change around the 15 minutes mark but the remainder of the field tried to bring home the cars on one set of tyres. After the start, Simon was able to pull away quickly and build a big gap on the rest of the field, which was necessary for his strategy. After a fast tyre change, Simon had a comfortable lead in front of Hartmut Rose and Dennis Sting, who was fighting with Michael Holla directly behind him. At the last corner of the race, a wheel nut came off and sadly Dennis lost his third position handing Michael Holla the remaining podium spot.

Final result
1. Simon Balk
2. Hartmut Rose
3. Michael Holla
4. Dennis Sting
5. Raphael Lutz
6. Holger Kraft
7. Max Berger
8. Patrick Gallot
9. Martin Holdermann
10.Marcus May

Source: Xray [teamxray.com]


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