September 21, 2018

Greiner & Pietsch head free practice at ENS Finale

At the end of free practice at the Infinity Euro Nitro Series Season Finale in Fiorano, Italy, it is Dominic Greiner and Robert Pietsch who head the times.  Running Serpent’s new 750 chassis, Greiner topped the times from the Infinity of new European Champion Teemu Leino.  Former Fiorano winner Alessio Mazzeo was third quickest over 3-consecutive laps with his Xray.  1:10 Championship leader Jilles Groskamp, who can only be denied his second ENS title by Greiner, would set the fourth fastest time.  In 1:8, Pietsch’s Mugen was just 0.006 quicker than Infinity’s Carmine Raiola with Toni Gruber quickest of the title contenders in 3rd.  Points leader Simon Kurzbuch was behind him in fourth while Dario Balestri found himself down in P11.

Summing up the 10 rounds of free practice held over the last two days, Greiner said, ‘It’s all going pretty good. So far the new car works really good.  We have tried many engines and we have everything ready to go racing’.  With two rounds of controlled practice to decide the order for the heats, Groskamp said, ‘The car has been ok.  We are mainly competitive when it’s warm.  For when it is cooler we have to find some pace and we have to understand why.  The only double winner this Season, the Infinity driver added, ‘It is not easy to get at the same pace as Dominic.  We are looking for more steering without losing the rear’.

Pietsch described free practice as having gone ‘good’ and running his ‘normal package’.  He declared himself happy with his pace both over the 3-laps & over longer runs adding he is ‘confident for qualifying’.  On car set-up, the Mugen driver said, ‘it was very good at the beginning but then the traction changed and I lost steering so we had to go searching for more steering but we found it again’.  Best of the title contenders. Gruber said, ‘yesterday we had a good practice but today we have had a few problems’.  Running tyres from the previous ENS encounter yesterday he said his WRC was very good but today on new tyres the car feels different and they also experience an issue with rear rims rubbing on the suspension.  Finding a solution to the issue, he concluded, ‘It has not been the best start but we are now on a good way’.  Going for his fourth consecutive Fiorano win, Kurzbuch said it was ‘good to test again’ and the Shepherd driver declared ‘everything should be fine for qualifying’.  Unfortunately for Balestri, an early incident yesterday destroyed his race car.  The World Champion said, ‘I had a big crash yesterday when a car came from opposite side of the track and destroyed my car.  Now we are working on trying to get back up to speed’.

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