October 22, 2016

Groskamp & Salemi complete 1:8 A-Main line-up

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Jilles Groskamp and Mirko Salemi will complete the 1:8 A-Main grid at the season final of the Euro Nitro Series in Fiorano after finishing 1-2 in the B-Main this evening at the Mini Autodromo Jody Scheckter track. The 15-minute encounter would see Groskamp, who was to run out of fuel while attempting to bump up from the 1:10 B-Main, take the lead from Salemi due to the BP Racing driver needing to do an extra fuel stop. Salemi, who started 2nd, found himself in the lead when Bruno Coelho went crashing out after establishing an early advantage.  Starting from pole, Coelho’s quest to bump up into both A-Mains, having just won the 1:10 B-Main, ended just before the 2-minute mark as the rear upper bulk heads came loose sending his Xray off the track spectacularly at the end of the main straight.

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Commenting on his race Groskamp said, ‘It was a good start and I was running steady in third.  I knew I didn’t need to win to get the car in to the B-Main so I was patient’.  The Team Infinity driver continued, ‘then Bruno crashed and I was in second and when I saw Mirko stop at 4-minutes I knew I had an advantage on him as I could run one stop less.  I saw Max (Vogl) was closing in third but I was able to keep the gap to him before Max crashed in the pitlane’.  The only issue of the race for the Dutch driver was his brakes.  Fitting new brakes to the car for the B-Main he forgot to adjust his radio which he said made it hard to stop in the pitlane.  He added, ‘I was disappointed I didn’t bump up to the 1:10 final because after my flame out my lap times were very good but I actually I’m really happy to make the 1:8 final.  It’s nice to have four cars in the final’.

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