Jilles Groskamp has TQ’d the second round of the qualifying at the Infinity Euro Nitro Series in Germany this morning. The first of 3 rounds of qualifying on today’s schedule at Minidrom Ettlingen, the Infinity driver kicked off the day by topping the times by 6/10ths of a second from the Xray of Alessio Mazzeo. Despite running in the second fastest heat Thilo Todtmann would complete the Top 3 finishing ahead of last night’s Q1 pace setter Dominic Greinier, the World Champion having a coming together with Todtmann’s Shepherd team-mate Eduardo Escandon during the 4-minute qualifier. With the 1:10 field ultra competitive this season, last year’s race winner Eric Dankel made it five different manufacturers at the top of the times sheets taking his Mugen to 5th ahead of 2016 winner Teemu Leino.
‘Maximum result, I’m really happy’, was Groskamp’s reaction. Winner of the season opener in the Netherlands, he said, ‘I had a little understeer in the morning practice so changed the front camber but it started to bite a bit too much in the middle of the run as the tyres came in. I had a few bobbles but I knew I had a good car and could fight back and once I was in front I could pace myself because I could hear that Dominic had a crash with Edu and I was safe with Mazzeo. It is nice to TQ the morning run’.
Mazzeo said, ‘for sure it was a good run but I am a little disappointed because in the middle of the run I lost around 1-second as something critical happened with the car for 3-4 laps, I think maybe from the tyres’. The ENS Netherlands Top Qualifier continued, ‘for sure the track changed (due to more overnight rain) but like yesterday the car had good pace and good balance. Dominic is a little faster but lost time with another driver but I think everyone else is super close. I will leave the car the same for the next one with just a little toe in adjustment but nothing else. Without problems I think we could have got the TQ because I was first when I had the problem but we will try again the next one’.
‘A solid run, no mistakes, no problems with traffic. Sometimes it is good to not be in the top heat’, was a pleased looking Todtmann’s summary of Q2. Explaining that he was in the second fastest heat as a result of a throttle servo problem in controlled practice, the German continued, ‘I think my driving could improve. 1:10 is super competitive this weekend and that run will give me a little more confidence in my driving for the next one. I will change nothing on the car’.
Greiner summed up his car as ‘nearly undriveable’. The Serpent driver added, ‘the track as completely different again to yesterday so it is hard to work on finding the right set-up’. Asked if he had ideas to try for Q3, the German simply replied, ‘We will try a crazy thing’. On his incident with Escandon he said, ‘I think he was coming out of the crash but I crashed with him and lost 2-seconds’ – 2-seconds the time covering the Top 6 for the round.
Commenting on his P5 run, Dankel said, ‘the track is different to yesterday. My car was too edgy, it had oversteer. It also felt like something was broken so I just tried to drive safe’. Asked what changes he planned for the penultimate qualifier, the former champion replied, ‘I think maybe the rear diff is broken so I will fit a completely new one’.