Schoell increases his Senior lead
Nicolas Schoell increased his stranglehold on Senior Max with another win in Euromax at Castelletto, his third of the season.
UK driver Tom Gamble (Strawberry Racing) set the benchmark in the Senior category. He asserted himself at the top with 50.160s while his fellow countryman Jonathan Hoggard (KR Sport) followed in 2nd place, missing the pole position only by 0.009s. 3rd place went to Belgium’s Glenn van Parijs (Bouvin Power) ahead of Germany’s Christopher Dreyspring (VPDR TAD Racing) and Turkey’s Berkay Beslar (Bouvin Power). Two favourites ended up in 6th and 7th place, namely the last years vice champion Rinus van Kalmthout (Daems Racing) from the Netherlands and the current championship leader Nicolas Schoell (Strawberry Racing) from Austria.
In the heats a new face took the lead: Dreyspring celebrated two wins and gained another 2nd place which meant the first Euro Challenge pole position for the German driver. Friday’s quickest Gamble was fast again too. He confirmed his skills with two victories but had to cope with an exclusion. That made him drop back to 8th place in the ranking. So it was UK driver Josh White (Coles Racing) who asserted himself in 2nd place ahead of Irishman Gary Donnelly (Strawberry Racing) and championship leader Schoell. The reigning Junior champion Jack McCarthy (Strawberry Racing) completed the top five positions for Sunday’s Prefinal.
The pole sitter Dreyspring made the best start and was able to pull away from the rest of the grid at the beginning of the race. But his chasers caught up consistently. First and foremost was White in brilliant form. The Brit did not wait long and passed the German quickly. After that he was firmly in control and defended the lead up to the chequered flag. Behind him, Genk double winner Schoell gained significant points again: He finished 2nd after he had managed to overtake Dreyspring, who finally ended the race in 3rd place. Donnelly finished 4th ahead of the Swedish driver Jessica Backman (Daems Racing).
In the Final White kept the lead for just a few laps until he had to give way to Nicolas Schoell. From then on, there was not much action at the top for almost 15 laps. Towards the end Schoell, White and the 3rd placed Dreyspring got closer together but there were no more changes in the order to come. In the end the third season win went to Nicolas Schoell and there were two deserved podium places for White and Dreyspring. A remarkable 4th place went to Backman who was able to push Frenchman Adrien Renaudin (Kart Pro Karting) to 5th position.