As a result of a joint venture between Shepherd Micro Racing and German Serpent distributor 2-Speed the Pro Stock Series was created as a follow-up series of the popular Hobby Cup which was run and supported by Shepherd for the past 10 years. The series features regional races all across Germany with a grand final being held at the end of the season to determine the overall winners. This year the final took place at the beautiful track of the Wiesbaden Mini Car Club in the centre of Germany. Practise started on Saturday with all participants trying to find the best setup for their cars. In the 1/10th scale class newly crowned European Champion 40+ Bernd Hasselbring and Hobby Cup Champion 2011 Marcus May were the favourites for the overall title, while Alex Kempe – normally pitman for Patrick Schäfer – showed a great performance too and joined the list of possible race winners for the prestigious final. In the 1/8th scale class it was clear that the race and the championship would be decided between Serpent’s Patrick Gassauer and Shepherd’s Timo Schröder as both clocked clearly the fastest laptimes.
After qualifying it was Marcus May with his Velox V10 Pro taking TQ honours in the 1/10th scale class only 2 seconds in front of Alex Kempe and former Austrian 1/12 Champion Martin Wilfinger another second down, all scoring 19 laps. The last direct qualifier spot went to Bernd Hasselbring who just missed the 19th lap by 0.333 sec. In the 1/8th scale class Serpent Viper 977 pilot Patrick Gassauer claimed the pole position for the 40 minute main final with Timo Schröder lining up second on the grid 1.2 sec down. The direct qualifiers were completed by Alex Schmitt in 3rd place and Peter Poldvere in 4th respectively.
In the 1/8th scale class everybody was waiting for the showdown between Timo Schröder and Patrick Gassauer. After the start both drivers pulled away quickly from the rest of the field. Some minutes into the race Timo took over the lead as Patrick tried to conserve his tyres as he planned to run the final without a tyre change. Timo pulled away slightly, but dropped back to second position after his tyre change around the 20 minute mark. Back into the race with fresh tyres he managed to unlap himself with 15 minutes to go, closing the gap constantly. About 6 minutes before the end he was only a few seconds behind Patrick but technical problems stopped his challenge. Having a huge lead over the rest of the field Patrick cruised to the victory in the final minutes with Detlef Dickes finishing second 9 laps down. Peter Poldvere completed the podium another lap down.
1/8th class result
1. Gassauer, Patrick – 156L 40:10.950
2. Dickes, Detlef – 147L 40:16.470
3. Poldvere, Peter – 146L 40:12.325
4. Hügel, Norbert – 140L 40:10.414
5. Schmitt, Alexander – 139L 40:04.777
6. Schröder, Timo – 118L 34:00.860
7. Endres, Benny – 84L 24:36.358
8. Mach, Thomas – 80L 33:30.969
9. Galot, Jean-Marie – 75L 22:39.686
10.Hederich, Wolfgang – 0L 00:00.000
Scoring the maximum points Patrick Gassauer won the 2013 Pro Stock Series in front of Detlef Dickes and Timo Schröder.
In the 1/10th class the crowd saw an exciting final right from the start down to the chequered flag. In the beginning Marcus May pulled away slightly while the battle for the 2nd position was very intense between Alex and Martin. Positions swapped several times until Alex managed to get his driving together and started to hunt down Marcus while Martin suffered technical problems and dropped back. A quick rear tyre change on Alex’ Velox around the 30 minute mark allowed him to push to the end while Marcus was running out of tyres despite driving very carefully. In the final minutes Alex closed the gap until he was right behind Marcus with only 3 to 4 laps to go. 20 seconds before the end Alex passed Marcus and took the win in front of Marcus making it a 1-2 for Shepherd. Bernd Hasselbring completed the podium 4 laps down.
1/10th class result
1. Kempe, Alex – 142L 40:17.679
2. May, Marcus – 141L 40:05.697
3. Hasselbring, Bernd – 137L 40:04.690
4. Holla, Michael – 137L 40:09.854
5. Ranft, David – 135L 40:07.678
6. Dalgic, Erkan – 125L 40:07.105
7. Wilfinger, Martin – 114L 33:18.974
8. Knispel, Jan Simon – 88L 27:42.856
9. Bode, Kai – 32L 09:17.299
10.Spaniol, Markus – 25L 15:58.199
With his second place Marcus took the overall victory in front of Bernd Hasselbring and David Ranft.