Victory for Buys in Euro Junior Max
While the Junior champion designate Axel Charpentier (Strawberry Racing) did not compete in the final round, his teammate Mark Kimber (Strawberry Racing) stepped into the breach for him. The vice championship aspirant was more than 0.2s faster with 62.470s than Dutchman Dylan Buys (JJ Racing) in 2nd spot. Local hero Enzo Valente (Pascal Valente) seized his home advantage to take 3rd place. Lucas Dunner (JJ Racing) from Austria and Jean Nomblot (Nomblot) from France completed the top five positions after Qualifying, where there were 22 drivers within a second. For Olli Caldwell (KR Sport), who still had good chance for the runner-up position in the championship, Qualifying did not go according to plan and he ended up only in 17th place.
Buys was dominant in the Junior heats. The Dutchman took the reins with a clean record of three wins, gaining the pole position for the Prefinal on Sunday. Friday’s quickest Kimber lost a little bit of ground but still was fast enough to manage a good 2nd place in the heat ranking. 3rd place went to Nomblot ahead of Lauri Leppa (Vaisanen Hekki) from Finland in 4th place. Caldwell made a big improvement and jumped to 5th position.
Shortly before the start, a surprise small summer rain shower made for slippery tarmac and changed the conditions for the slick tyre equipped field completely and shuffled the ranking in the first stage of the race. One who obviously felt comfortable on the slippery – and later on drying – ground was local hero Valente. Having started the race from 6th place he established himself in the lead quite early on and managed to defend it up to chequered flag. But it was no walkover for the Frenchman, who crossed the line by a small winning margin of only 0.074s ahead of pole sitter Buys. 3rd place went to Dunner who had started the race from only 10th, while German’s Tamino Bergmeier (JJ Racing), coming from 12th place, finished 4th ahead of Nomblot. The vice title aspirants Kimber and Caldwell dropped back to 7th and 12th position, respectively, which did not settle the runner-up position for the championship yet.
Valente was the one setting the pace in the beginning of the Final, but soon Buys made his way to the top. He headed away metre by metre and won the race by a gap of more than 7s. Valente on the other hand was able to defend 2nd position, which was not easy at all, as up to five opponents kept up the pressure from behind. In the end Kimber took the flag in 3rd place to secure the vice championship. Nomblot followed in 4th place in front of Caldwell who completed the top three of the championship.