June 8, 2018

Balestri TQ’s first qualifier at ENS Germany

Dario Balestri has TQ’d the first round of qualifying at the Infinity Euro Nitro Series in Germany this evening.  The Infinity driver took Q1 ahead of top seed Simon Kurzbuch who suffered a lean engine that would result in him ending up 7/10th of a second off his Italian rival.  Robert Pietsch would complete the Top 3, the Mugen driver only 2/10ths off Kurzbuch’s Shepherd with the gap back to Toni Gruber in fourth a more substantial 1-second.

Taking his TQ in his stride, World Champion Balestri said, ‘Everything was OK. I just had traffic for the first 3-laps and maybe this cost me 2/10ths but it was all ok’.  The 2015 Ettlingen winner continued, ‘After I had a clean track in front. The car was OK, the engine was OK and hopefully we can do the same tomorrow’.

Kurzbuch said, ‘the first few laps were quite good but then the engine got more lean and I lost power to fight for the TQ’.  The Shepherd driver added, ‘small tyres also made it change to second gear too early which made the engine even worse but we have 3 more to go and its a second place so I will take this one and see what we can do tomorrow’.

‘A good clean run’, was how Pietsch described the first of the four qualifying attempts on the schedule.  The German added, ‘It is super close, you can have the 1/10th on your side or the other side but the car is really really good. I will run everything the same tomorrow’.  Asked if the evening timing of the top heat affected track conditions he replied, ‘the track was better.  A 1 or 2 degree in the asphalt temperature and you can already feel it’.

Gruber felt ‘no more was possible’ adding, ‘I had a good gap over 5th and 3rd had a good gap ahead of me but the balance was good and I could make good points from the run. Overall I am happy with the car set-up and the engine and I will try to push a little harder tomorrow to get in the Top 3 and get a good starting position for the final’.

‘It was a clean first round to make some points’, was how Carmine Raiola summed up his P5 for Q1.  The Infinity driver adding, ‘the car was ok but tomorrow we will try different gearing because we need more to try and getting something better from the run’.  Behind the Italian, Serpent’s new star Jeffrey Rietveld completed the Top 6 ahead of Japanese driver Takaaki Shimo and the double driving Alessio Mazzeo.  In the 40+ class, Olaf Engelmann got the better of top seed & championship leader Arie Manten, the pair the only two to manage 18-laps run with Peter Poldvere completing the Top 3.

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