Saturday in Jarama Part 2 - Hahn wins again
05. October 2019Jarama - The result of the first race of the weekend was effectively decided after the first corner. The mercury was now at 27° as the field exited the first corner one after the other in exact grid order. Polesitter Hahn had the inside line into the sweeping 180° curve, while Lenz slotted in smartly behind Albacete. From the outset Hahn made it clear that he wasn’t just racing out of obligation, now that he’d already won the championship, but that he was in it to win. A few laps later the Iveco pilot was a couple of seconds ahead of Albacete, who chased him relentlessly throughout but didn’t seem able to close in. Lenz, for his part, realising there was no way he could keep up with the Spaniard, decided to keep an eye on his pursuers instead. As important as it was for Albacete that Lacko stay behind him in their championship fight for P2, so vital was it for Lenz to leave Kiss behind in their battle for fifth place.
The trio behind him, though, was responsible for the most exciting action of the race. Led by Steffi Halm, it included the aforementioned Lacko and Kiss. The two would have liked to get closer to their direct competitors, but the more they tried, the more Halm, who only needs to finish each of the remaining races to secure fourth place in the championship, wouldn’t let them pass. After a thundering pursuit up hill and down dale, she crossed the line in P4 a teeny tenth ahead of Lacko and Kiss, who had virtually hitched his Mercedes to the crash guard of the Czech’s Buggyra.
J. Rodrigues was seventh, ahead of Reinert. The Iveco pilot may have earned only three points for his efforts, but he also picked up pole position for Race 2. Anderson and Frenchman Anthony Janiec (MAN) took the points that remained.
Anderson also stood atop the Grammer Truck Cup podium, joined by fellow Brits Oly Janes (Buggyra Freightliner) and Terry Gibbon (MAN).
In the team classification, champions „Die Bullen von Iveco Magirus“ (Hahn / Halm) bested Löwen Power (Albacete / Lenz) and Buggyra Racing 1969 (Janes / Lacko).