May 24, 2019

Dario Balestri sets the pace in The Netherlands

Infinity’s Dario Balestri set the best three lap time in controlled practice for the 1/8th scale class at Round 2 of the Euro Nitro Series Championship in Rucphen, The Netherlands.  It was very close, however, as less than one tenth of a second covered the top seven drivers over their three lap times. “The car was good, the engine was really good – it was just really difficult to find the right balance” was how the current ENS Champion described the practice sessions.  He will try some more small changes tomorrow “until the car is easy to drive”, aiming to find more rear traction in his IF18.

One hundredth of a second behind his long-time adversary, Simon Kurzbuch took his Shepherd to second place.  Simon said that, “since yesterday lunchtime we’ve been on the right way with the setup”,  highlighting that the wind picked up this afternoon and that made it “trickier to drive”.  Hoping that tomorrow’s conditions lead to less wind at the Rucphen circuit, the multi-time ENS Champion is looking forward to find out how fast everyone is over a four minute run in qualifying.

The third best time went to Robin D’Hondt, the Belgian saying his “car is perfect, I don’t even know how to improve it!”  Winning the race here last year, the Capricorn driver will try another exhaust in the free practice tomorrow morning before deciding what direction to take for qualifying.

Carmine Raiola was fourth quickest, the Italian saying that he would be making no changes to his Infinity as it was “fast in the conditions yesterday” and the earlier free practice rounds today.  He expects tomorrow morning’s opening qualifying round to be similar, rather than the higher traction experienced this evening in controlled practice.  Like Kurzbuch, he also said that the wind was a major factor and will see how Q1 goes for him before deciding “whether I need to push more, or make solid points each time”.

Rounding out the top five was Dutch driver Jeffrey Rietveld.  Describing free practice as “a struggle”, he changed a lot on his Infinity car and “finally found something good” in time for the controlled practice.  Not changing anything else for the two runs, he said the car was “good on both new and really small tyres” – already with a mind to Sunday’s final.  Hoping the weather stays good, he was clearly feeling very positive about tomorrow as he explained “two good runs should be possible and get us directly into the main final.”

Defending Champion Arie Manten put in the best three lap time in the +40 Masters class, ahead of Addie Van de Ven and John Lenears, whilst in the newly introduced 4S Electric 1/8th class, Simon Schutte set the pace in practice.

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