September 21, 2018

Greiner takes opening qualifier at ENS Italy

There was no surprise in the opening 1:10 qualifier at the Infinity Euro Nitro Series in Italy as Dominic Greiner topped the times.  A driver who needs to TQ & win this weekend to have a shot at clinching his first ever ENS title, the German’s Serpent was fastest over the 4-minutes by just under a second from Alessio Mazzeo, the Xray driver hampered by a gearbox issue.  The driver Greiner is hoping to deny the title, Jilles Groskamp would open the four rounds of qualifying with the third fastest time ahead of Infinity team-mates Teemu Leino, Francesco Tironi and Andy Moore.

‘It was very close’, was how a somewhat disappointed Greiner summed up Q1.  The World Champion continued, ‘the car feels very good but maybe the engine was not that good.  I found a broken gasket on the pipe so I will fix that for tomorrow’.  Setting the fastest lap of the Fiorano track where he has a successful track record, he said, ‘I’m very happy with the consistency of the new car and my driving but it could have been faster without the engine problem.’  Needing the bonus championship point on offer for the TQ, he concluded, ‘I need that TQ point for the overall championship’.

Mazzeo said, ‘I suffered a little from a bad gearbox set-up. It was changing too late and I made 2-mistakes that cost me a little time.  The rest was fine’.  Winner of the race in 2015, the Italian continued, ‘for sure it will be a hard fight with Dominic. On this track he has always been faster than me but it is closer now’.  Looking to the continuation of qualifying in the morning he said, ‘we will just adjust the gearbox for tomorrow and we will be ready for the fight’.

‘I knew it was going to be hard to go faster than Dominic but I’m happy with third’, was Groskamp’s reaction after Q1.  Winner in the Netherlands and Austria this season, the 2015 Champion said, ‘the track got a little more traction now and the gap got bigger to Dominic.  On a faster track we lose more time so we need to change something for tomorrow.  The gap is 1/10th a lap which is not much but we need to close that and the higher I can start on the grid the easier the find will be’.

Leino was content with his first qualifier despite an early mistake.  The Finn said, ‘on the first lap I missed the chicane and went over the grass and it was game over (in terms of a TQ run)’.  The European Champion continued, ‘the car was good so I know we can do better in the next one.  We will just refresh the bearings and everything for tomorrow’.

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