June 18, 2016

Groskamp takes Q1 at ENS Germany

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Jilles Groskamp has taken the opening qualifier at Round 2 of the Euro Nitro Series in Germany.  The Infinity team driver, who is using a Serpent in 1:10 this weekend, topped the 4-minute qualifier from the factory car of Dominic Greiner by almost 9/10th.  Winner of the race last year in Ettlingen but struggling in the single round of timed practice yesterday, Dirk Wischnewski would complete the Top 3 while for practice top seed Alessio Mazzeo a tyre issue would leave him 34th fastest among the 69 car field.

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‘I was surprised it went so easy, it’s a nice start to the day’, was how Groskamp summed up his Q1 performance.  The reigning champion continued, ‘I heard at the beginning I was in the lead and Dirk was 2nd and I could see I was pulling away from him, I was cruising in the end’.  Using the same set of handout Enneti tyres he used in the timed practice, he said his 748 was ‘easy to drive’ and having switched to OS power for Round 2 he said he also had a ‘good engine’.

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Top Qualifier of the event last year, Greiner said ‘the run was ok but overall there was very low grip’.  Describing his Novarossi powered 748 as ‘difficult to drive’ he said ‘I tried my best and P2 was not so bad’.  While Groskamp’s fastest lap would be slightly faster than his best, the German said the Dutch driver’s advantage came from being ‘more consistent’.  Hoping there will be more traction when Q2 comes around but not knowing how the track is going to be he said ‘I don’t know what to change (on the car)’ .  Greiner’s team-mate Mazzeo had one of his tyres come unglued and while the Italian tried to get around with ‘no mistakes’ the car was ‘very hard to drive’ resulting in a number of offs.

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‘Better than yesterday’ was Wischnewski’s reaction to his P3 run.  The Shepherd driver, who leads the standings having taken victory at the season opener, had ‘a moment’ in the warm-up when he lost a screw from the camber link.  Quick work from pitman Marco Muscara meant he made the start but Wischnewski said his Orcan engine wasn’t fully up to temperature as a result of the lost time.  Describing his Velox V10 as ‘not perfect’, the former European Champion said ‘as more traction comes up it should suit our car better’.

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Leading the Xray charge in Q1 would be Leo Arnold.  Running in the second fastest heat, the French ace said having suffered with his NT1 being a ‘little loose’ in timed practice, overnight set-up changes left it ‘not so bad’ for Q1.  Driving ‘a safe run’ so as to have a ‘banker’ result should like yesterday the rain halt racing, the 20-year-old plans to leave his car unchanged for Q2.  For team-mate Bruno Coelho, the opening round would see him post the 13th fastest time after he lost 3-second when he traction rolled in front of the pits.  Struggling for traction in timed practice which left him in the 3rd fastest heat, he said traffic was OK adding ‘I was expecting it to be more of a problem’.

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Second fastest in practice, Kyle Branson would open qualifying with a P5 saying, ‘I don’t know how I didn’t crash because my car was terrible’.   The Capricorn driver added, ‘It was loose, tried to over rotate and just super hard to drive so 5th was actually OK’.  Having made a diff oil change overnight he said ‘this shouldn’t have affected the car this much. Maybe it was all the rain but I need to check over the car to see there is nothing wrong with it’.

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Team-mate to Groskamp in 1:8 but using a Capricorn chassis in 1:10 this weekend, Teemu Leino would complete the Top 6.  The Finn said his run ‘was ok until I flipped at the end of the straight’.  He continued, ‘having struggled for steering there in practice I didn’t expect to traction roll there’.  Describing the car as ‘maximum twitchy’, he concluded, ‘we need to change something’.

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