July 19, 2019

Track Focus – Aigen-Schlägl

Track Name – Aigen-Schlägl
Club – Modell Auto Verein Aigen-Schlägl
Country – Austria
Location – Aigen-Schlägl (50km Northwest of Linz)
Direction – Anti-Clockwise
Surface – Asphalt (new surface 2017)
No. of ENS Races hosted – 5 (2014-18)

The only track to feature on the calendar of all six seasons of the ENS, Aigen definitely takes the top award for its setting.  Situated 600m up in the Austrian hills near both the German and Czech borders, since the ENS’ first visit in 2014 the host club MAV Aigen Schlägl has developed the track into a facility that has put it up there as one of the best in the world.  In the five previous editions of the race the 290 metres long track has produced only 2 different winners in 1:8.  On the first visit John Ermen took victory in wet conditions but since then the race has very much belonged to Simon Kurzbuch.  In 2015, it was here that the Swiss driver took his first ever ENS race win and hasn’t looked back since.  1:10 has produced double the number of different winners the first of which was claimed by Dominic Greiner.  In 2015 & 16, Teemu Leino enjoyed victory with the second of those wins helping him to the overall title.  Another champion to be, Bruno Coelho took the win in 2017 en route to the title while reigning Champion Jilles Groskamp took the top step on the podium on last year’s visit.

With a 5-degree inclined up the 65 metre long main straight the track, 4 time winner of the race Simon Kurzbuch says this feature makes the track ‘quite special’.  ‘It’s a nice layout and the facility is great but when you are coming down (from the highest point on the right) you need to be more careful on braking because there is more weigh on the front of the car’.  The Shepherd driver also added, ‘the curbs are quite high so you need to be careful there also’.

Groskamp is also a fan of the track saying, ‘I really like this track and always enjoy racing on the layout.  In 1:10 you can drive the curbs but not too much because of their height’.  On car set, the Infinity driver said, ‘You need a lot of steering here so find the right balance can be hard but I think managing tyre wear and fuel consumption are really important.  The tyre wear is not crazy high but its high’.

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