Saturday in Zolder Part 2 - Unexpected win for Hahn
14. September 2019Zolder - Sascha Lenz, whose MAN had run flawlessly in free practice yesterday and in the warm-up and in qualifying earlier today, made a beeline for the pits behind the pace truck at the end of the formation lap – he’d apparently noticed a problem with the truck’s electronics. The intrepid young warrior from Weißenthurm would certainly have entertained hopes of ascending the podium.
But there was more of note – polesitter Hahn lost the start sprint to Albacete. The two of them proceeded to pull away from the rest, Lacko trailing in P3 ahead of a Kursim-headed quartet that included Kiss, Reinert, and Halm.
It was soon clear that this group would have no part in the podium. Everything seemed settled on Lap 1 itself. Albacete took a commanding lead, Hahn following at a truck’s length. Lacko was a solitary third, with no chance up ahead and no danger from behind. Kursim was able to shake off his pursuers and finished fourth, Kiss kept going, secure in P5. Behind the Hungarian a dogfight raged between Reinert and Halm.
Three laps to go, Albacete suddenly lost steam at the entry to T1. Hahn, who by now had surely reconciled himself to finishing second, a good result in the circumstances, grabbed the chance, overtook his Spanish rival effortlessly, and broke away to take a somewhat gratuitous victory.
Her „Bullen“ teammate’s move seemed to spur Steffi Halm anew. One lap later she had subdued Iveco colleague Reinert and shifted up to P6.
In P8, and thereby on pole for Race 2, was Brit Terry Gibbon (MAN). His compatriots David Jenkins (MAN) and Oly Janes (Buggyra) were the remaining points-scorers. The three also took the podium spots for the Grammer Truck Cup.
„Die Bullen von Iveco Magirus“ (Hahn / Steffi Halm) was the top-scoring team, above Buggyra Racing 1969 (Lacko / Janes) and Löwen Power (Albacete / Lenz).