Sunday in Misano Part 2 - Kiss wins in the rain
26. May 2019Misano - The start of Race 3 was delayed by 10 minutes because the track needed to be cleaned up after a supporting race, and just when it was time for the lights it began to rain heavily. So the formation lap and the first lap of the race were both run behind the pace truck. On the following lap the yellow flags were waved along the entire length of the circuit – no overtaking allowed. This meant the real action only started from Lap 3.
Steffi Halm went into the race 17th and last on the grid, her truck having been found to have unregistered tyres on.
Kiss took the lead from the go, Lacko and Kiss following in his wake at respectful intervals. They pulled out a massive gap to the rest of the field, and found themselves in no danger thereafter. It was in the receding pack, which lapped bumper to bumper, that things got a lot less cosy. Lenz initially had a glad eye on P4, but soon found himself out of the points. Kursim was securely headed for P6 till a couple of laps before the finish, then suddenly dropped to P11. These two were the most extreme changes of position, but smaller exchanges took place up and down the pack throughout the race, providing relief for the spectators from the monotony in front. At the end Reinert emerged winner of that battle, plugging into P4 at the expense of Albacete. The Spaniard was followed home by teammate Lenz, who had fought his way back into the points.
Janiec finished seventh, ahead of José Rodrigues, who collects pole for Race 4. Steffi Halm was P9, ahead of Oly Janes. The Brit took the top step on the Grammer Truck Cup podium, with compatriot
Jamie Anderson and Frenchman Thomas Robineau (both MAN) first and second runners-up.
Tankpool24 (Kiss / Citignola) finished with the top team score, followed by Buggyra International (Janes / Lacko) and Löwen Power (Albacete / Lenz).