Saturday at the Slovakia Ring Part 3 – Second win of the season for Lenz
06. July 2019Slovakiaring - The 20 minute delay that arose from the stoppage and restart of the earlier race carried through the rest of today’s programme. But even though the start of Race 2 was now a bit later in the evening, the air was still hot and the track temperature had risen to 54°C. Be that as it may, the start this time was relatively uneventful.
Each of the two race weekends before this one has had one out-of-luck pilot, and René Reinert seems best placed at the Slovakia Ring to bag that dubious distinction. The Iveco pilot had been docked four positions in the earlier race for an overspeed infringement, though he did at least have pole to compensate. But while his team was looking at a very likely podium finish, Reinert was struggling with a blown tyre on a cracked rim. He kept dropping back and, shortly after mid-race, dropped out entirely.
Meanwhile it was his compatriot Lenz who assumed control. At a small but respectable gap behind followed Halm, and everything suggested the second German one-two of the day. But there was twice-champ Kiss to contend with. The Hungarian with the never-say-die drive was determined to put his Mercedes ahead of Halm’s Iveco, and their time-sapping duel allowed Lenz to stretch his advantage out in front.
In the event, things turned out very differently from what everyone expected. Lacko in P4 got a second wind and steadily crept up on Kiss till the snout of his Buggyra was at sniffing distance from the crash guard of the Mercedes. A few corners from the flag the Czech made his move on the Hungarian and set to attacking Halm. But as in the earlier race, she wasn’t giving in now either, and the gap between them was just four tenths at the flag. Kiss had to make do with P4 behind Lacko.
Hahn was fifth, followed by Anderson, Kursim, and Albacete, these three having had to start from the end of the field because of their DNFs in the earlier race.
Citignola was back in the points with P9, and the final point went to Recuenco.
Anderson took top honours in the Grammer Truck Cup, from Citignola and Recuenco.
Löwen Power (Albacete / Lenz) stood atop the team podium, with „Die Bullen von Iveco Magirus“ (Hahn / Steffi Halm) and tankpool24 Racing (Kiss / Citignola) second and third.
Hahn has extended his lead in the overall standings. He now has 120 points, followed by Halm (85), Kiss (78), Albacete (74), Lacko (73), Lenz (62), Reinert (60), and Kursim (40).