Ludi takes 2s win in DD2 in Euromax
Kevin Ludi won both Finals in DD2 in the Rotax Max Euro Challenge at Genk despite the best efforts of Barrie Pullinger. In Masters Martin Pierce was the dominant winner.
Constantin Schoell (Daems Racing) from Austria was in control in the qualifying. The Tony Kart driver set the fastest time of the day with 54.318s. Close behind, Kevin Ludi (Spirit Racing) from Switzerland followed in 2nd position pushing Abdullah Al Rawahi (KMS) and Joey Alders (Schepers Racing Service) into the chasers roles. The Italian Cosimo Durante (Wild Kart Racing Team) completed the top five after qualifying.
The heats produced a new ranking: Martin Mortensen (RS Competition) was the driving force this time: With one win, a 4th and a 2nd place, the Dane took his first DD2 pole position. Ludi confirmed 2nd place in the ranking, leading Poland’s Lukasz Bartoszuk (CRG S.P.A.), Russia’s Haralds Garkaklis (333 Autosport) and Belgium’s Jordy Lievens (Vici Motorsport). Friday’s pacemaker Constantin Schoell was unlucky: He was excluded in his first heat due to cutting the track over the kerbs, which dropped him back to 15th place in the ranking.
For the Prefinal, pole sitter Mortensen could not repeat his speed from Saturday. He quickly was pushed off the top spot and even off the track, ending up back in 21st place. But Ludi and Lievens were in the best form and throughout the race they were able to pull away from their opponents and settled the victory amongst themselves. In the end Ludi crossed the line first ahead of Lievens, while Barrie Pullinger (Dan Holland Racing) from the UK, Dzianis Slavinski (Uniq Racing Team) from Belarus and Mick Wishofer (VPDR) from Austria followed.
In the Final, Ludi and Pullinger set the pace at first. Both pulled away from the field until they began fighting at half distance. Consequently Wishofer, Bartoszuk and the reigning DD2 champion Ferenc Kancsar (VPDR) closed the gap. An exciting final sprint began and Ludi seized the chance to pull away. Metre by metre the Swiss driver increased the gap and finally took his longed for victory. Almost 2s behind him Bartoszuk asserted himself in 2nd in front of Wishofer and Pullinger. Kancsar finished in 5th, after starting the weekend with 34th place in Qualifying due to technical problems.
As for the DD2 Masters, Dutchman Dennis Kroes (Team Kroes Goedsign/JVD Power) was the fastest man in Qualifying but he had to leave the top position to Martin Pierce (Uniq Racing Team) after the heats. From then on the Irishman was a class of his own, taking the deserved double win in the main races.
In the Prefinal Tamsin Germain (DG Racing) and Richard Faulkner (Coles Racing) followed in 2nd and 3rd, but neither of them could repeat the performance in the Final. Slawomir Muranski (Wyrzykowski Motorsport) from Poland and Dennis Kroes completed the top three on the podium.