Dominic Greiner has taken the opening 1:10 qualifier at the Infinity Euro Nitro Series second round in Ettlingen, Germany. The Serpent driver reversed the order of seeding, topping the first of the four qualifiers from Jilles Groskamp with the separation 6/10th at the end of the 4-minutes. Behind, last year’s winner Eric Dankel carried forward his pace from seeding to again complete the Top 3 ahead of Italian’s Francesco Tironi and Alessio Mazzeo.
‘Yeh not so bad, but the car was not so good and the engine was not so good’, was Greiner’s reaction to opening qualifying with a TQ run. The German continued, ‘considering everything the result is very good but the car is too difficult at the moment. Because we only found a set-up this morning we have to try something different every time and we have no choice but to try something different again for Q2. We can’t race the car like this in the final. Anyway I’m happy we got a TQ to end the day’.
Groskamp said, ‘I’m happy with second but the first lap I already lost 2 or 3 tenths because the engine was rich’. The Infinity driver added, ‘Also one time I had a small mistake in the sweeper. We went a little different on the set-up and maybe it was too aggressive. The gap is not far from Dominic, I just had a few bad laps but getting a P2 is always a nice way to start qualifying’. On set-up changes for Q2 in the morning, the 2016 champion replied, ‘conditions today are some much different to practice I’m not sure whether to change the set-up or leave it. Anyway I’m happy with second, it is always nice to start out qualifying like this’.
‘I really didn’t expect to finish this run’, was Dankel reaction. Having suffered radio issues in the final practice which forced him to stop, he said, ‘I changed the throttle servo and battery and was a bit nervous at the start because I didn’t know if it was fixed or not but everything worked and hopefully that is it done. I didn’t want to make any mistakes and from my side it almost worked out. I had a few small errors but was super close to Dominic and Jilles’. Mugen team-mate Dirk Wischnewski ended up 6th. The former Ettlingen winner said, ‘I messed up the start. I crossed the line too late and the clock was already started so I lost 1.5 seconds. I had the fastest lap so the car seems good. It was just my mistake I started too late’.
Tironi was pleased with his P4 feeling better is to come. The Italian said, ‘Thursday was a little difficult with the traction conditions because every time at this track you have to do something very different (with the set-up) to the standard tracks’. He continued, ‘today it was better from the beginning and we made a diff change which immediately worked which was good for my confidence. All was ok for the qualifier, everyone was very close together and I think I can do more tomorrow’.
Top Qualifier in the Netherlands, after Q1 Mazzeo said, ‘now we find a good set-up. The car was easy and balanced but I was unlucky with my engine being too rich at the start and lost time in the first minute’. On his earlier set-up issues, the Xray driver said, ‘yesterday there was too much grip and this morning the car was losing traction under braking and on throttle. Ettlingen is always the same, the hardest track to find a set-up. Racing two classes this weekend it is very hard’.