June 20, 2018

RC Lemans Series Rd4 – Report

The second part of this year’s RC Lemans Series season kicked off last weekend at the MCC Rhein Ahr club near Koblenz in Germany. The weather forecast for the weekend wasn’t very promising, however despite a short rain shower on Saturday evening the race would be held in dry conditions. A nicely prepared track with lots of grip welcomed the drivers, making for good racing conditions for everyone. In the LMP2 Stock class reigning Champion, Andreas Dick, in his first RC Lemans race this season, took the overall TQ about a second in front of Kai Asmer, both running 200mm cars. Mathijs Hermens from the Netherlands, local hero Max Johennken und Franz-Jakob Reinartz completed the top 5 after the qualifiers.

Over in the fast LMP1 Modified class Kai and Tim Altmann continued where they had left last week in Utrecht and they dominated the field. Tim would miss the 21st lap by only two tenths of a second while Kai was only two seconds behind. Tobias Weist, Reinder Wilms and Patrick Vannieuwenhyse rounded out the top 5 in a very strong field.

In the opening LMP1 A-main TQ holder Tim had a mishap about a minute into the race which promoted Kai into the lead and take the win with quite a margin on the field. Tim came in 2nd, some three seconds behind as Tobias followed in 3rd. A2 then saw Tim retaining his lead while Tobias found a way past Kai only to loose two positions in a mistake, allowing Kai and Reinder by. Up front Kai started to chase Tim and when the latter came wide in a corner in the closing stages Kai made maximum use of the open door to take over the lead. With about a second of a margin Kai would take the win and with it the overall, making it a second this season following his win about a week ago. Tobias looked like he would bring home P3, however he was stopped by a defect only two corners before the finish line. In A3 Tim brought home a strong win from tone to tone while also scoring the fastest lap of the day with a 14.253. Tobias was able to get past Kai with the two being in an entertaining battle but Kai didn’t want to end the day with a 3rd place and he tried everything he can to get by. In the end it didn’t work out and with a 2nd place Tobias secured himself the final step on the podium behind Kai and Tim.

In the opening LMP2 A-main pole position holder Andreas made two mistakes that allowed Kai to take the lead while Andy dropped down to 5th. Behind the leader Mathijs, Max and Andy fought for the positions while up front Kai was able to bring home the win as Andy was able to recover to 2nd again. After a nice battle with Mathijs he would take the runner-up spot in A1 by 0.2s. In A2 Andreas was able to hold his nerves until Mathijs got into his slipstream to continue the battle of the opening A-main. Under pressure Andy spun his car in the closing stages which allowed Mathijs to take the win while Andy came in 2nd again as Kai ended the leg on P3. Going into A3 three drivers would be in the game for the overall win, making it a pretty exciting race. Ultimately the leg would see a third winner this weekend with Max taking the win from Andy 2nd, Kai 3rd and Mathijs 4th. When the dust had settled and after the tie-breaker with was Andreas Dick with the overall win despite not winning a single A-main, from maiden podium finisher Kai Asmer 2nd and Mathijs Hermens 3rd.

Source: RC Lemans [rc-lemans.de]


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