Lamborelle takes last-lap Senior Max win at Salbris
Nicolas Schoell (Strawberry Racing) was already champion after Zuera and only a potential exclusion in Salbris could have endangered his overall win, which is why he skipped the last round, leaving the way clear for his opponents.
The first benchmark was set by Lars Lamborelle (Dan Holland Racing). The Dutchman set a time of 61.293s and was only 0.066s quicker than Gary Donnelly (Strawberry Racing) who underlined his ambitions for the vice-championship. Turkey’s Berkay Besler (Bouvin Power) followed in 3rd place ahead of Frenchman Adrien Renaudin (Patrice Renaudin). Belgium’s Glenn van Parijs (Bouvin Power) – another candidate for the vice title – completes the top five positions, while the reigning vice champion Rinus van Kalmthout (RR Racing) had to be satisfied with 7th place behind Jordan Brown-Nutley (Dan Holland Racing).
The heats were equally distributed to Besler and Donnelly but neither of them made it to the top in the heat ranking. Besler and Donnelly both experienced at least one incident in the course of the heats. As a result Besler had to be satisfied with sixth place in the intermediate classification while Donnelly even dropped back to 12th place. Lamborelle established himself in the lead: Without a win, but with the most consistent results, he defended the pole position. Behind, Russia’s Denis Mavlanov (Bouvin Power) gained 2nd place ahead of Renaudin. 4th place went to van Parijs in front of Jack McCarthy (Strawberry Racing).
Lamborelle showed a strong performance again. But at first the Dutchman had a moderate start to the race, having to watch Mavlanov and van Kalmthout sharing the lead for the majority of the distance. But as the race approached the end Lamborelle caught up and regained the lead, defending it up to the finish line. Mavlanov followed in 2nd spot ahead of van Kalmthout, while Brown-Nutley and Besler completed the top five. After the race van Kalmthout received a time penalty, which dropped him back to 12th place and losing him the vice title to Donnelly.
The final seemed to be a clear matter for Lamborelle again. But soon Renaudin, who came from 5th place, was at his heels. The duo pulled away from the grid and arranged the win amongst themselves. On the last lap Renaudin made a successful move but Lamborelle counterattacked only a few metres later and took the win ahead of the Frenchman. 3rd place was decided in the last metres, too. Here Brown-Nutley made it onto the podium ahead of the new vice champion Donnelly and Jessica Backman (Daems Racing). Josh White (Coles Racing) who finished the finals in 14th and 8th place, completed the top three of the championship.