July 6, 2018

Gruber & Greiner top free practice as rain halts action at ENS Austria

In an all too familiar situation at races this Summer, rain has halted action at the third round of the Infinity Euro Nitro Series in Austria.  After completing 8 rounds of free practice in dry conditions yesterday and a further 3 rounds this morning, just after the drivers briefing and scheduled lunch the rain arrived at the Aigen-Schlägl.  With 2 rounds of controlled practice and the first of the 5-scheduled qualifiers on today’s timetable, racers waited for the track to dry with the Uruguay – France World Cup game helping to pass the time.  However, with the track drying slowly, the rain returned and with no chance of any meaningful running the ENS organisers called time on the day.

In terms of free practice it was Toni Gruber who was fastest over 3-consecutive laps, the WRC driver running a time of 44.002 in the 11th and final run.  Behind him, championship leader Dario Balestri managed a best of 44.136 with Robert Pietsch, yesterday’s pace setter, completing the Top 3.  Chasing four wins in a row at Aigen, Simon Kurzbuch would end free practice half a second off Gruber’s pace.  In 1:10, Serpent’s Dominic Greiner had a 1/10th of a second advantage over the Mugen of Dirk Wischnewski who in turn had the same advantage over his team-mate Eric Dankel. Championship leader Jilles Groskamp would end up 7th fastest but as we have come to know, the Dutchman’s practice pace usually has little reflection on his qualifying form.  Instead for Infinity it was former event Top Qualifier Francesco Tironi who was their quickest driver in 4th ahead of Alessio Mazzeo.  With dry weather expected for the rest of the weekend, a revised Saturday timetable will start with a round of free practice followed by 2-seeding round and all four qualifiers, the fifth round cut from the program.

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