June 13, 2015

Greiner on pole for ENS Round 2

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Last year he won a wet race in Austria from 3rd on the grid but after a super close final qualifier Dominic Greiner will start the second round of the Euro Nitro Series from pole position.  In contrasting weather conditions to last season at the Aigen-Schlägl track, Greiner went into the final qualifier in a head to head battle with ENS Italy Top Qualifier Teemu Leino.  While Leino would do what he had to and post his second TQ run, matching Greiner, it was a blistering fastest last lap that would secure the German his second ever ENS TQ.  Getting ahead of Leino’s team-mate Jilles Groskamp for a P2 as a result of the lap it was this race time that would give the factory Serpent driver the tie break by just 0.15 of a second. On his first visit to the difficult track Groskamp will line up 3rd with Capricorn’s Thilo Todtmann securing 4th.

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Having crashed out of the final at the season opener in Bologna, Greiner was happy to put his Max powered 748 at the front of the grid saying ‘the TQ point is for sure an important first step to the weekend’.  With tyre wear on every driver’s mind for tomorrow, the World Championship Top Qualifier said ‘its a big problem’.  Planning to work on his strategy in the A-Main practice tomorrow he said while he hopes for no rain tomorrow a bit of overnight rain might not be the worst thing in terms of tyre wear.  With the times throughout qualifying extremely close over all five rounds, Greiner said with ‘its going to be an interesting race with everyone so even’.

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‘Maximum close’ was how Leino summed things up after qualifying.  A two time ENS Top Qualifier, he said ‘its going to be a tough race for sure and will be all about what happens in the pits’.  Having previous highlighted that the narrow racing line is going to make overtaking very difficult without mistakes, he said tyre & fuel strategy is where the position changes will come from over the 45-minutes.

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‘(I) think it is going to be close’, that was Groskamp’s prediction for the final.  He continued ‘3 of us are really close and the others are not far behind’.  Commenting on his qualifying the Dutch ace said he tried too hard in qualifying and its a track that doesn’t reward hard driving.  Able to better gauge his pace in the race as he will be able to see his rivals, he is confident of a good race.  Very happy with the run time from his OS Speed based Maxima engines he said he knows where to save both fuel and tyres leaving the Round 1 podium finisher pretty upbeat going into the final day.

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Starting sixth behind Todtmann and Shepherd’s Dirk Wischnewski, ENS Italy winner Bruno Coelho said his Xray was a little strange in the final qualifier and they need to improve it for tomorrow.  The Portuguese ace said ‘its not going to be an easy race’ adding the starting position is not important as a lot with change over the 45-minutes.  ‘A difficult track’ he said as a result it will be almost impossible to run consistent for the entire final and this will be compounded by the high tyre wear, many drivers expected to do two tyre changes.  Alexander Hagberg, who finished on the podium in Bologna from 8th on the grid, starts behind his Xray team-mate in 7th.

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