October 1, 2017

Greiner takes dominant Italian win, Coelho crowned Champion

Dominic Greiner has taken a dominant 1:10 win at the season finale of the Euro Nitro Series, the Serpent driver completing the perfect return to the class in Italy showing just why he is the reigning World Champion. Having secured the TQ for the 45-minute final, the German drove a near perfect race with his rivals lacking the pace to mount any kind of serious challenge.  While Finals day in Fiorano would start out damp, organisers would delay the start of the A-Mains by an hour so drivers could battle it out for the final major nitro race of the season in dry conditions.  While Geiner quickly established control of the race, behind him the battle for second was between Xray’s champion elect Bruno Coelho and Alessio Mazzeo. With that battle really hotting up over the final minutes of the race, it was Mazzeo who would take second with Coelho just 3/10ths behind.  Finishing 2nd or 3rd mattered little to Coelho because either way he had secured his first ENS title a feat that would see the great all round driver do the triple crown – the Portuguese driver having already been crowned ETS and EOS champion earlier in the year.  Off the podium David Loppini would finish 4th after a good battle with Jakub Rozycki while Thilo Tödtmann completed the Top 6 to finish the championship 3rd overall behind Coelho and Mazzeo.

‘Everything was perfect, this is a good start to our preparations next year’, was Greiner’s reaction to his 3rd ENS career win, next year being the 1:10 World Championship in Miami.  He continued, ‘We changed the set-up to what we ran in Q2 and also used the engine we tested in the last qualifier.  The longer warm-up allowed us to set the engine perfect and I drove the whole race at 95%.  When you have the car and engine working this good you can do this.  I also told Thomas (his pitman) to take his time’.  With just one blotch on his copybook for the race when he went off at the second corner following the first fuel stop, he explained, ‘I think maybe the tyres got wet from the pitlane and it caught me out but apart from this small mistake it was a perfect race’.

‘I’m very happy with this year.  We put more focus into working on our nitro cars and winning the championship is the reward for this’ was how Coelho summed up his title win. Also contributing Xray’s competitiveness this season down to working with Alessio Mazzeo on car development, he continued, ‘The most important thing going into the final was to be in front of Thilo because he was the biggest challenger for the championship.  I didn’t need to fight anyone else and when Alessio was behind me I opened for him.  I didn’t need to battle with him’.  Becoming the ENS’ fourth different 1:10 champion, Coelho’s campaign has been the most successful of a champion with him winning from the TQ spot in both France and Austria and also TQ’ing in Germany only to suffer a mechanical retirement in the final, a result he could drop with his podium finish today.

Finishing second as he once again came strong towards the end of the race, he previously won in 2015 in the dying moments from then champion Jilles Groskamp, Mazzeo was delighted with his race.  Becoming the Vice-Champion with today’s result having missed Round 3 in Austria, he said it was, ‘One of the best race of my life racing with Bruno and Dominic, no mistake for the entire 45-minutes’.  He continued, ‘Dominic deserves the win for sure but the result also is a message that we must work hard to improve for sure’.  On his own race he said his only issue was that the idle on his engine was high and this caused the car to run on under braking.  Asked about his battle at the end with Coelho he replied, ‘Always in the last minutes of this race I arrive in a battle. It was fun to race against Bruno.’

Having made the final on each of the ENS’ four visits to Fiorani, Loppini was ‘quite satisfied’ with his P4 result.  His best ENS result, he was more pleased to achieve it given the fact that he hasn’t raced for 5-months.  Commenting on his performance in the race and his battle with Rozycki, the 23-year-old Xray driver said, ‘Alessio and Bruno were too fast for me. I couldn’t match their pace.  I had a good battle for the 4th place and I’m happy for my return to racing to get my best result’.  In the end Rozycki’s Xray would finish 2-seconds back from the Italian.

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