September 3, 2016

Leino TQs opening qualifier in Austria


Teemu Leino has TQ’d the opening round of 1:10 qualifying at Round 3 of the Euro Nitro Series in Austria.  Having dominated practice yesterday, the qualifying top seed would open day 2 of the event by taking the first of the five 4-minute qualifier ahead of Dominic Greiner, the pair the only drivers to make 15-laps runs on the technical Aigen track.  Behind them, Mugen’s Eric Dankel would post the third fastest time followed closely by the Capricorn of Thilo Tödtmann.


‘All good’ was Leino’s reaction to taking Q1.  The Finn said his prototype Infinity was ‘twitchy to drive’ compared to yesterday feeling it might be due to the cooler track conditions of the morning run adding, ‘it will be better when the sun comes out’.  For team-mate Francesco Tironi, who was fourth fastest in yesterday’s controlled practice, an early trip on the the damp morning grass as he came out of the hairpin onto the main straight would leave him 13th for the opening qualifier.


Greiner declared the first of the five qualifiers as ‘so, so’.  He continued, ‘yesterday we were looking for steering and now we have so much steering’.  Having taken part in the free practice earlier in the morning he said his Serpent 748 had  ‘good steering both on new and used tyres’ but then for Q1 it was ‘a bit difficult with a few laps not so good’.  Setting the fastest lap for the round with a 16.894, the German will consider a set-up change for Q2 but sad he is conscious the issue could be down to track temperature.


Dankel said his first attempt was ‘pretty good’.  The former champion added, ‘I only had a little trouble when Carmine (Raiola) flipped and I had to lift.  Without this I think I could have got 2nd’.  Unlike Leino and Greiner, the German said he felt ‘the track didn’t change a lot’ adding ‘my car was good’ and for Q2 he will leave it unchanged.


Heading the Capricorn charge this weekend, Tödtmann said, ‘I always try to make the first round clean with no mistakes to get points and it was OK’.  Describing his car as ‘good’ he said he drove too hard on the curbs which cost him time.  Starting behind Xray’s Leo Arnold, he said when the French driver flipped giving him a clear track he pushed too hard leading to a number of moments.  For Q2 he said the only thing that needs to be improved is his driving.   Behind Tödtmann, championship leader Dirk Wischnewski got a P5 with Hotrace’s boss Nicola Marrone completing the Top 6.

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