Havercort wins, Bradshaw secures the Academy Trophy with 4th
BKC Racing’s Callum Bradshaw has made certain of the Academy Trophy that he had all but won at the previous round while Kas Haverkort took the race win, overcoming the dominance of Sweden’s Alfred Nilsson.
The second Qualifying session for the Academy Trophy proved faster than the first as it delivered the top four overall: Alfred Nilsson (SWE) the poleman on 51.769s ahead of Elias Goldstein (BEL), Jonne Ollikainen (FIN) and Luke Füngeling (DEU). The fastest of the first group, Kas Haverkort (NLD), was in 5th position. It was a complicated situation for the championship leaders, with Callum Bradshaw (GBR) only 16th, and especially for his challenger Xavier Handsaeme (BEL) 32nd after a very bad start.
Poleman Nilsson secured his leading position in the qualifying heats at Kristianstad with two consecutive victories. Haverkort was able to take 2nd place with a victory in the BC heat, beating Goldstein. The ranking underwent several significant changes as 4th place went to Senna van Walstijn (NLD) and 6th to Maciej Szyszko (POL) who were 10th and 11th in Qualifying. Stronger still, Bradshaw managed to reach 6th place after his distant 16th lap. There was disappointment for Ollikainen, 3rd in Qualifying but delayed by problems in a heat, where he dropped to 12th.
There was an excellent start in the Prefinal from Nilsson who distanced Szyszko from the first lap. But he dropped to 5th while Goldstein took 2nd place, followed by Haverkort. Goldstein went on the attack and he was leading on lap three. Szyszysko then returned to 3rd and Bradshaw was 4th ahead of Haverkort. Goldstein tried to outrun Nilsson, but the Swede was very fast and gradually narrowing the gap with the leader.
Nilsson attacked on the penultimate lap, and Goldstein responded immediately. Nilsson retook the lead on the last lap and this time kept it to the finish, taking a new victory by 29 thousandths ahead of Goldstein. Haverkort, the fastest, finished 3rd in front Szyszysko and Bradshaw. Hansaeme managed to take eight positions to finish in 23rd place ahead of Thomas Imbourg (FRA).
There was another good start to the credit of Nilsson and battle was soon started by his pursuers which allowed him to complete the first lap with a 1.4s lead. Szyszko again took 2nd place at the expense of Goldstein who dropped to 6th position. Haverkort was 3rd and Bradshaw 4th. Just as he had done in the Prefinal Goldstein was back like a rocket in 2nd position. Clarke took the opportunity to take the advantage from Bradshaw for 4th place, while Szyszko fell back. Goldstein increased the pace and was approaching Nilsson at high speed. He was in his wheeltracks on lap 8 and took the lead on the next lap. Then Haverkort passed for 2nd ahead of the Swede. Meanwhile, Bradshaw took over 4th position and chased the top three.
Haverkort passed Goldstein after halfway and took control as the group stretched out slightly. Bradshaw was almost back in contact. Goldstein had not had his last word and did everything he could to get closer to Haverkort. The threat became clearer as the laps went on, but the Dutchman did not lose his composure and won the Final less than 0.2s from Goldstein. Both drivers, however, demonstrated good maturity. Nilsson would have to settle for 3rd place ahead of Bradshaw, Clarke and Füngeling. Bradshaw has won the 2016 Academy Trophy in front of Nilsson and Haverkort.