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Collari wins as Kurzbuch crowned ENS Champion

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Lamberto Collari made it two wins from two appearances in this season’s Euro Nitro Series but it is Simon Kurzbuch & Team Shepherd who are the inaugural 1:8 Champions.  Starting the fourth & final round from the TQ position, Collari took a commanding victory with the 9-time World Champion running the 45-minute final relatively unchallenged.  Starting 3rd behind his only title rival Robert Pietsch, whose quest to become the ENS’s first champion ended after contact with Andrea Pirani, Kurzbuch would finish the race second with an impressive drive by last chance qualifier Robin D’hondt seeing the Belgian complete the podium.

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With no championship worries having missed Rounds 2 & 3 due to other commitments, Collari was pleased to have won both the opening & final races of the season.  Beating Pietsch to the win at the season opener in Melzo, today he became the first Top Qualifier to go on to win.  In terms of his race, the Italian legend said a problem with his OS Speed engine going rich after each refuelling forced him to change his strategy to pitting earlier.  Other than this he said the rest of the race was fine with him having no issues, with his single tyre stop half way through going exactly to plan. Missing Round 2 due to preparing his own track for hosting the 1:8 Euro B Championships, he said he was a big fan of the ENS and next year he would contest the full championship a commitment that will make him a formidable title contender.

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With his championship win proving hugely popular, Kurzbuch said of the final ‘I think that was nearly perfect’.  Admitting beating Collari was always going to be a hard ask, he said without Pietsch’s unfortunate crash he felt the race they ran would have been good enough to beat the former World Champion.  Changing his outside tyres at 10-minutes and then doing a full change at 25-minutes, he said that strategy ‘worked out very good’.  Coming in a lap early for one of his fuel stops due to a mis-communication with his pit crew the World Championship finalist said this, although nothing major, was the only blotch on the race.  After being ‘a little unlucky’ at the European Championships, the 22-year-old said it was nice to be able to reward Shepherd at the end of the season with the title.  He was also very happy to thank his other sponsors Novarossi and Contact with a championship win he says he plans to try to defend next season.  Although the calender for the second season of Euro Nitro Series has yet to be decided he said he very much relishes racing a round in his home country on the world famous Lostallo track.

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Motonica driver D’hondt summed up his race from 11th on the grid to 3rd as ‘not bad, better than expected’.  Having struggled finding a set-up for his Picco powered P81 RS3 in qualifying, the multi time World Finalists found himself in the B Final.  Making changes for that 20-minute encounter he said this only left him with a very aggressive car but crediting his father with ‘perfect, fast’ fuel stops he was able to get the car into the Main event.  Making big changes to his shock set-up and ackermann after the B Final, he said the car ‘turned out to be great’.  Making just one tyre stop, the 25-year-old said the race, unlike Round 3 when he did just 3-laps in the final, couldn’t have gone much better.

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Setting the fastest lap of the final, being the only driver to run a 14-second lap,  fifth place qualifier Andrea Lorenzi finished fourth.  ‘Satisfied’ with having posted the fastest lap in the second half of the race, he said for him fourth was a good result.  Having a coming together with BP Racing’s Mirko Salemi, the Shepherd driver said it was otherwise ‘a smooth race’ with his one tyre stop going to plan.

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Finishing fifth Alberto Picco described his race as ‘difficult’.  A problem with the clutch/gearbox on his Mugen meant that it would not pick up out of the corners.  Also having a crash with Michael Salven as the Serpent driver rejoined the track following an excursion onto the grass, the Italian would lose half a lap in the incident.  He said the feeling of the MRX-5 was good but with the transmission gremlins he couldn’t make the most of it.

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Completing the Top 6, Pietsch was frustrated by his incident with Pirani.  WRC driver Pirani lost power coming onto the straight due to running out of fuel, his stop planned for a lap later, but in the path of Pietsch they made contact.  Seeing the wheel of his Picco powerd MRX-5 in ‘a strange position’, he said he was ready to come down from the driver stand but his crew got the car back on track.  With the impact bending the bumper and ‘the suspension not right’, he said it was hard to drive but he had to try everything to get the car to the finish just in case Kurzbuch was to hit problems.  Doing two tyre stops, he thought with his rivals tyres going to be so small at the end of the race he would have had a very fast car with which to finish the race had it not been for the unavoidable crash.  Behind Kurzbuch and Pietsch, Oliver Mack would complete the overall championship podium.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014 - add a comment

Dominant Balestri wins ENS Finale

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Dario Balestri completed the perfect weekend at the Euro Nitro Series season finale in Fiorano, Italy, with a dominant victory. Starting from pole position the Capricorn driver headed an Italian 1-2 in the race finishing almost 2-laps clear of Team Shepherd’s Francesco Tironi. Starting from 11th on the grid having bumped up from the B-Final, Serpent’s Mark Green completed the podium at the Mini Autodromo Jody Scheckter track. The third win for Capricorn in the inaugural four round championship, for Balestri team-mate and newly crowned champion Eric Dankel it was a disappointing finish to an otherwise successful campaign as the German suffered gearbox issues and ended the 45-minute encounter 10th.

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Having topped the time sheets in practice and in all five rounds of qualifying, Balestri put his extensive track knowledge to good use taking complete control of the final. Only relinquishing the race lead when he stopped to change the outside tyres on his new C03, the 2-time European Champion was understandably pleased with his performance describing it as having gone ‘perfect’. Contact with Dominic Greiner 20-minutes into the race as he came back up through the field after pitting for a new tyres, which required him to be marshalled, was the only incident in an otherwise well executed race. Surprised at how much traction he had in the final and at how good his controlled set Hot Race tyres looked at the end of the race compared to his rivals he said the new chassis plate they ran this weekend is a huge step forward for the team. The first Top Qualifier to go on to win the final, he said in the lead up to the World Championships in Thailand next month he was also ‘very very happy’ with his XRD engine which maintained its tune for all 151 laps. His first ENS win, his previous two outings in the championship having not worked out well come the finals, he said he couldn’t have asked for a better package this weekend.

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The ‘best I could do’ was how Tironi summed up his race. Forced to change all four tyres on his Novarossi powered Velox V10 he said this was always going to but him at a disadvantage to Balestri as it was too difficult to make back the time. The World Championship podium finisher said overall the car was good adding he can ‘honestly be happy with the result’. Describing his race as ‘consistent’ he was happy with how his car & engine worked and with a good feeling for the car in the final he said this leaves him very positive for the World Championships.

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Getting pushed off the track in three of his qualifiers, 3 out of 5 counting towards the grid, Green said starting in the B Final was not a reflection of the pace he had all weekend and he was very happy to show that with a podium finish. The British driver said he ‘kept it clean’ for the race and starting from the tail end of the grid he ran smooth early in the race so as to stretch out his tyre stop. Changing just the outside tyres and able to run 5-minute fuel stops ‘no problem’ he said while his Novarossi powered 748 was not the fastest it was consistent and nice & easy to drive.

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Calling for the race start to be delayed suspecting he had radio interference, Dirk Wischnewski would have an up & down race eventually finishing fourth. Following his call, the interference turning out to be debris jamming up the car’s steering, the Shepherd driver would give up his 3rd position and start from the back of the grid. Despite suffering a body tuck every pit stop, his pit crew forgetting to replace the rear body brace when investigating his warm-up issue, the German worked his way towards the front. In a podium position the former European Champion would with 6-minutes to go strip 2nd gear allowing Green to pass him for a Top 3 finish – gearbox problems effecting a lot of drivers in the final. Wischnewski said he was happy with how his Velox V10 handled and with the consumption he got from his Orcan engine. Changing just the outside tyres he said this strategy was good too as he had plenty of tyre left at the end but it just wasn’t meant to be his race.

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Mario Spiniello would finish 5th ahead of the Capricorn of fellow Italian David Loppini. The only Xray in the final, he described his race as ‘so so’. Running the race on a single set of tyres he said that strategy would have been perfect had it not been for three engines cuts. While his NT1 started out slow on big tyres as they wore down the car felt perfect. Running 5-minute fuel stops, in the closing stages of the race they would get caught out, him running dry at 4:45 for his 3rd & 2nd last stops and at 4:30 as his crew prepared for his last scheduled stop. The only other driver to do the final without a tyre stop, European B Champion Thilo Todtmann would also lose the benefit as he suffered four flame outs leaving the German to finish a ‘disappointing’ eighth.

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The driver most expected to have the potential to take the challenge to Balestri, Serpent’s Greiner had ‘a lot of trouble’. An ENS race winner & Top Qualifier, the German said his Max engine was too rich at the start of the race but worse was to come. In the middle of the race while battling with Tironi, his 748 would stop changing into second. Pitting to have it looked at at the same time Tironi made his tyre stop, his crew found debris in the gearbox and once cleaned he was back in the race. However his troubles weren’t over with him delayed further by a problem with his fuel tubing.

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Although he locked up the overall championship win with victory at Round 3 in Hockemheim, Dankel, the only multiple race winner of the season, said today’s result was not how he wanted to end his ENS campaign. The German said his C03 was ‘tweaked or something’ adding he’s going to need a new car for the World Championship. Describing the car as ‘impossible to drive in left corners’, he would go on to join the list of gearbox casualties with a stripped 2nd gear. He said possibly a stone caused the problem because fitting a new one without adjusting the meshing it ran the rest of the race ok.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014 - add a comment

Green & Lissau complete 1:10 grid

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Mark Green and Martin Lissau complete the twelve car 1:10 Touring Car grid at the closing round of the Euro Nitro Series.  The pair booked their place in the 45-minute Main by finishing 1st and 2nd in the 20-minute B Final at the Mini Autodromo Jody Scheckter.  Starting from 2nd on the grid Green would take his Serpent to a 2-second victory over Lissau, the Shepherd driver starting last on the grid having bumped up from the C Final.  Unfortunately for Singapore visitor Nicholas Lee, while he kept contact with the leaders he couldn’t get his Xray into the Top 2 missing the chance to contest the main event on his ENS debut.

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D’hondt & Salven bump up

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Robin D’hondt and Michael Salven will take part in the main event at the ENS season finale after finishing 1-2 in the 1:8 B-Final at Fiorano.  Completing the 12 car grid that will battle for victory at the fourth & final round of the inaugural championships, d’Hondt, who started 5th, took his Picco powered Motonica to a 1.3 seconds victory in the 20-minute affair over the similarly powered Serpent of Salven who in terms of laps led the majority of the race.  For ENS Round 2 race winner John Ermen, who started from pole, a dead receiver battery would see the Xray driver crash spectacularly out of the lead on lap 6 before having to retire two laps later.  This left Hot Race tyre boss Nicola Marrone to lead but the Serpent driver would eventually get passed by Salven, d’Hondt and eventually HB’s Adrien Bertin, the former world champion having an intense battle with the Italian throughout the race.

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2014 Championship Standings after Round 3

1/8th scale Class
1. Kurzbuch Simon - 459pts
2. Pietsch Robert - 457pts
3. Ielasi Daniele - 441pts
4. Salven Michael - 434pts
5. Pirani Andrea - 433pts
6. Vogl Maximilian - 425pts
7. Klausner Michael - 421pts
8. Lechner Sabrina - 409pts
9. Hedlund Christofer - 398pts
10.Engelmann Olaf - 371pts
11.Günther Maximilian - 370pts
12.Müller Torsten - 369pts
13.Sonderegger René - 336pts
14.Sonderegger Patrick - 320pts
15.Hoppe Lars - 301pts


1/10th scale Class
1. Dankel Eric - 458pts
2. Greiner Dominic - 447pts
3. Schäfer Patrick - 447pts
4. Wischnewski Dirk - 447pts
5. Leino Teemu - 438pts
6. Moser Björn - 415pts
7. Whiting Loran - 391pts
8. May Marcus - 390pts
9. Rohrmoser Christoph - 379pts
10.Tironi Francesco - 300pts
11.Lissau Martin - 294pts
12.Alexander Thilo - 294pts
13.Balestri Dario - 293pts
14.Nähr Patrick - 289pts
15.Green Mark - 289pts

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