May 25, 2019

Leino leads early qualifying at ENS

With qualifying getting away over 4 hours later than planned, due to unexpected rain on Saturday morning, it was Teemu Leino who set the pace in the first round of qualifying for the 1/10th scale class, edging out team mate Jilles Groskamp by seven tenths of a second.  Top seed from practice, Leo Arnold was matching pace with Groskamp for the majority of the four minute qualifier, until a mistake on the final lap saw him roll his Xray off the track.  This allowed fellow Frenchman Quentin Leroux, running in the group before the top heat, to take third in the opening round.

Happy, but surprised, was Leino’s reaction to his Q1 result, not expecting to do so well.  The Finnish driver thought it was a good idea for the organisers to run an extra round of practice after the rain, saying “I don’t know how it is possible but after the rain the track has more traction”.  After not making any planned changes for Q2, Leino again topped the times with his Infinity, ahead of Groskamp, and Arnold making no mistakes to take third.

Two second places for Groskamp sees him sitting second overall and assures him a good starting spot at the front of the A Final tomorrow.  Currently Leroux holds third place for Capricorn, backing up his Q1 result with a fourth place in Q2, ahead of Shepherd’s Thilo Todtmann and Arnold fifth in the ranking.

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