September 2, 2016

Teemu tops seeding at ENS Aigen

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Teemu Leino is the top seed for 1:10 qualifying at the Austrian Euro Nitro Series encounter, the Team Infinity driver fastest in the two rounds of controlled practice at the third round of the championship in Aigen.  Having set the pace in free practice, last year’s race winner was again quickest from Serpent’s Dominic Greiner, the Finn having a 3/10ths advantage over 3-laps.  Behind them inaugural ENS Champion Erik Dankel made a big improvement on his free practice form to post the third fastest time ahead of Francesco Tironi and championship leader Dirk Wischnewski.

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While pleased with his performance over the opening day of the event, Leino wasn’t giving himself much phrase saying, ‘Me and Dominic are pretty much the same pace’.  Having focused on the shock set-up on his prototype Infinity car since free practice, he said they had managed to get it ‘a little easier to drive’.  With the car having ‘so much steering’, which he added is ‘pretty good here’, he said they ‘needed to make the car more smooth (to drive)’ and working on the shock set-up have helped a lot with this.

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‘The car is easy to drive but must find more steering’ was Greiner’s reaction after controlled practice.  The newly crowned World Champion feels he has a more consistent car than his rivals pointing out they start off slower and only get quick after 2-minutes.  Feeling his consistency should be an advantage for qualifying he said ‘it’s going to be interesting tomorrow’.  Fastest after the first controlled practice, the German ‘tried different things’ for CP2 but they were ‘not better’.  Planning to rebuild his Novarossi powered 748 for tomorrow’s qualifying he said he will try to figure out what set-up changes could help him find the steering he is looking for.

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Commenting on his improvement of 2/10th of a second a lap, Dankel said, ‘In free practice the car was not so good but we changed to softer roll bars and this improved the car a lot’.  He added, ‘Now it’s up to me to make it fast’.  The German who had a torrid season as the defending champion last year, said while his MTX-6 has ‘slight understeer’ it is very consistent.  Declaring ‘Teemu is very fast’, the 2 time ENS race winner concluded ‘but tomorrow is a new day’.

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A former Top Qualifier at Aigen, Tironi said ‘over 3 laps it is really hard to understand who is fast but I have quite a good feeling for tomorrow’.  Making changes to his Infinity after free practice, the Italian said he found ‘a little more rear traction and grip in the braking’.  While he said the car is ‘not easy’, adding racing at this level it is ‘never easy’, he is confident he has a good car for qualifying.

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‘So so’ was Wischnewski’s response to his P5 pace.  Winner of the season opener, the Shepherd driver said ‘it took quite long for the tyres to come in’ something he added ‘is not good for 4-minutes (the duration of the qualifiers)’.  The former European Champion said, ‘the start is very bad, I have no traction at all but at the end it is good’.  Asked about plans to improve the car for qualifying he replied, ‘I don’t know what to change’.  Behind Wischnewski, Xray’s Leo Arnold completed the Top 6 ahead of Capricorn’s Thilo Tödtmann and 2014 Aigen podium finisher Patrick Schafer.

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