October 26, 2017

Belgian SCT Cup Rd6 – Report

Round 6 of the Belgian SCT Cup was held at the Off-road Racing RC Torhout club. The event marked the serie’s first visit at the venue whose 250 metres long astro turf track offers both technical and flatout sections, with some tricky jumps in between that require very precise driving. Due to rainy weather in the built up to the event, the track was still wet in the morning and it took until the afternoon to dry up, making tyre choice critical. In Pro2 qualifying, Géry Ledocq (Kyosho) took the TQ by winning all three rounds while Nicolas Evens (TLR) obtained the second spot of the grid despite some mechanical issues in the final run. Tom Vercarre (TLR) and Guillaume Laffut (TeamC) fought for P3 all morning long and eventually it was Tom who rounded out the top 3 results.

In Pro4 qualifying, Sam Damman (TLR) made good use of his track knowledge by topping two rounds to take the overall TQ, while Nicolas Evens (TLR) had to settle for the second spot. The second run was a very close decider, as Nicolas’ time was only 0.37 seconds adrift from Sam’s. The third place was grabbed by Sam Puttevils (Tekno), who finished 3rd in the two final runs, after having to retire in Q1.

In the Pro2 A-finals, Géry would make a clean sweep by winning all three legs but it wasn’t all smooth sailing as Nicolas was chasing him closely especially in A2 when the two finished only one second adrift. Tom finished 2nd of the third run, only two seconds behind Géry. Tom and Guillaume continued to battle, this time for the 3rd overall place. Both had to retire once after mechanical issues and in the end Tom secured the final podium spot thanks to his consistent and fast driving in the final run.

In the Pro4 A-main Nicolas Evens went on to win the opening two legs but Sam Damman didn’t made things easy for Nicolas especially in the second run, by crossing the finish line only 2.7 seconds from Nicolas. Having secured the win for the day, Nicolas sat out A3 which was topped by Sam, in front of Fabio Cumps (TLR) who showed a very good pace, which allowed him to take the final podium spot. Sam Puttevils and Serge Sermon had also shown a very good pace, however, both suffered mechanical issues and they had to retire in one heat each.

In Pro2, at the totally revamped track of the Black Country Arena, the final round of the season will be the decider for the title between Géry Ledocq and Nicolas Evens, while Tom Vercarre and Stéphane Lecomte will fight for the 3rd place of the final classification, both duos being separated by only one point after this penultimate round. In Pro4, Nicolas Evens is already sure to be champion, but the fight for second place is still ongoing between the two Sams, Damman and Puttevils, with a one-point gap only.

Source: Belgian SCT Cup [belgiansctcup.be]


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