Axel Charpentier wraps up the championship
In the Qualifying session the Brits set the pace: On the top Olli Caldwell (KR Sport) sey the fastest time by 65.513s, 0.054s faster than his fellow countryman Mark Kimber (Strawberry Racing) in 2nd place. In 3rd position the championship leader Axel Charpentier (Strawberry Racing) followed ahead of Tom Canning (KR Sport) and Dutchman Dylan Buys (Team TKP).
During the heats on Saturday Kimber, Charpentier and Dutchman Glenn Van Berlo (Hugo Motorsport) shared the wins. However, the most consistent driver of the trio was Axel Charpentier, which is why he gained the lead in the intermediate classification. In 2nd place, Germany’s Tamino Bergmeier (Team TKP) celebrated a personal record performance ahead of Spain’s Kilian Meyer (CRG SPA) in 3rd place. Van Berlo, Kimber and Friday’s quickest Caldwell followed on the grid for the prefinal on Saturday.
After the start of the Prefinal Charpentier left no doubt and defended the lead, while his closest chaser Bergmeier lost ground at an early stage. But Charpentier was far from having a walkover. The title aspirant was in control for the first laps but quickly almost half of the grid was at his heels. During the race distance Kimber and Van Berlo managed to take the lead as well until Charpentier counterattacked successfully towards the end, taking the maximum championship points. 2nd place actually went to Van Berlo. But after the Dutchman got a penalty for a bad manoeuvre, he dropped back to 17th place. So Kimber inherited the 2nd place ahead of Caldwell, Buys and Lukas Dunner (Team TKP) from Austria.
In the Final Charpentier, Caldwell, Kimber and Buys were the pace setters. Apart from Kimber, each of them was able to lead the race at least once. Although there were some attempts of breaking away from the group none of the four was able to. The fight climaxed towards the end and after real carnage, Axel Charpentier took the lead on the penultimate lap, bringing it home by only 0.050s ahead of Caldwell. Buys actually saw the chequered flag in 3rd place but a time penalty for unfair driving threw him back to 12th place. Consequently Kimber completed the podium in 3rd place ahead of Finland’s Lauri Leppa (Hekki Vaisanen) and Spanish driver Adrian Schimpf (Schrimpf).
Axel Charpentier had a double reason to cheer after the race. With his double win he had already wrapped up the championship. Due to the dropped score system he is uncatchable during the next round at Salbris (FRA).