Dario Balestri has claimed his first 1:8 Euro Nitro Series win with a sterling performance at the record breaking entry third round in Germany. Also giving Capricorn their first 1:8 win of the championship, from second on the grid the Italian took advantage of early errors by reigning champion Simon Kurzbuch and Robert Pietsch who started each side of him. Going to the front after just 8-laps, once there last season’s 1:10 race winner made the race his own and leaves the event as the new championship leader. Having come into the weekend top of the points standings, Kurzbuch would crash out of podium placing in the final 10-minutes as he tried to avoid John Ermen’s car as it returned to the track following an excursion onto the grass. With the Shepherd driver losing over a minute as his car was repaired, the Austrian ENS winner would eventually finish 7th. Cutting the first corner at the start and dropping to 8th Pietsch would finish second 5-seconds back at the end of the dry 45-minute race, the rain that caused the earlier 1:10 A-Main to be stopped after 31-minutes clearing over the Minidrom Ettlingen track. In a surprise performance Silvio Hächler would complete the Top 3, the ARC driver having bumped from the B-Main to claim his first ENS podium.
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