May 5, 2018

Groskamp takes Q2

Jilles Groskamp has taken the second round of the qualifying at the Infinity Euro Nitro Series in the Netherlands, the Infinity driver reversing the result of Q1 to top the times from Alessio Mazzeo.  Teemu Leino would again complete the Top 3 after a spin with 3 laps to go dropped him off the TQ pace. Eduardo Escandon would also repeat his Q1 result with another P4 run. Having failed to start Q1, Top Seed Dominic Greiner’s bad luck continued with a chunked tyre causing him problems including an off on the final lap leaving him to finish P7.

‘It is nice to TQ a round of the ENS again, the last one was quite some time ago’, was Groskamp’s reaction.  The former Champion continued, ‘It was a good run. The first lap the engine was quite rich but it came in nicely.  The track was a little more loose as the temperature came up’.  He concluded, ‘Things are really close but I am really happy with my package’.

Mazzeo said, ‘It is very close for sure. That was the hottest track conditions we have had so far but we made a change for it to improve the corner speed’.  The Xray driver added, ‘I had luck with that one mistake from Teemu which gave me second but for sure we are competitive and it is going to be a good battle for the overall TQ’.  As it stands, the Italian holds the advantage of having the faster TQ time which could prove critical in a tie break giving how closely matched the leading drivers are.

‘It was good. We changed the car a little bit and I was leading until the 2nd or 3rd last lap and spun coming onto the straight and lost the TQ. It was my mistake’, was how Leino summed up his second qualifier.  He added, ‘the track was slower because the sun has come up but my lap times were faster so it shows the car was better’.  Also suffering an moment coming onto the straight in Q1, he said, ‘I will try to have no mistake the next one’.

Commenting on his second attempt Escandon said, ‘I played safe but I think it was too safe from my side’.  The Shepherd driver added, ‘It’s ok because I have two good results and now I can push harder and try some things on the car’.  Behind the Spaniard, Mark Green would register his first time following his engine failure in Q1 warm-up with 1:10 rookie Lamberto Collari completing the Top 6.

Having got his weekend off to the perfect start by topping both free and timed practice, qualifying hasn’t gone the way of pre-season title favourite Greiner.  With a DNS in Q1, the Serpent driver struggled with tyres for Q2.  ‘The tyre gluing was bad and the car was difficult to drive but then they chunked and it was almost impossible to drive.  Its only been bad luck so far but I think the pace is there.  We changed a few things so the car is easy to drive and consistent’.

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