August 24, 2017

Sidney Blokker wins Touring Modified at Dutch Nats Rd5

Round 5 of the Dutch Electric On-road Nationals was held at the technical track of Deventer. The small track offers plenty of grip but also high kerbs which would play a major role in the race. The premier Touring Modified class is run according to EFRA rules and only a single set of Volante 36R tyres is allowed for the entire race. In Q1 and on new tyres, Mitchell Van Es (Awesomatix) took P1 in front of Florian Joos (Tamiya) and Sidney Blokker (Yokomo). Then Florian managed to win Q2 thanks to an error from Mitchell in the last lap but Mitchell stroke back and won Q3 in front of Sidney and Florian. This meant Mitchell would take P1 on the grid in front of Florian, Sidney, Rick van den Akker (Xray) and Niek Middelkoop (Xray).

In the opening A-main Mitchell took the holeshot and thanks to the fight between Florian and Sidney, he was able to pull a gap. Sidney tried several times to pass Florian, but when they tangled, Rick took over P2. Sidney found his way past Rick while Mitchell took an uncontested win. Florian came in 3rd in front of Rick and Niek. A2 was almost a blue print of A1. Sidney elbowed his way past Florian and leapt in Mitchell’s slipstream when disaster struck. Sidney took the inner line coming to the fast left-hander in front of the rostrum and Mitchell tried to keep the door shut. Unfortunately both cars touched and while Sidney was able to take P1, Mitchell had an horrible crash into the concrete barrier. It not only shattered his right rear suspension but also his complete chassis. As for the results, the saw Sidney in front of Rick, Florian, Niek and Bram Lagerwey (Serpent). As Mitchell wasn’t able to fix his car the P1 slot was left unoccupied for the start of A3. Florian took the lead, and managed to win A3 despite immense pressure from Sidney as Rick took P3. The overall results had Sidney Blokker (Yokomo) taking the win from Florian Joos (Tamiya), Rick Van den Akker (Xray), Niek Middelkoop and the unfortunate Mitchell Van Es (Awesomatix).

Source: T2M []


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