Another one-two for KTM
22.03.2018 KTM’s string of victories in the ‘big little’ racing series continues: Michael Niemas (Shell-PROTOTYP) and title defender Björn Skottke (PROTOTYP-Shell) gave KTM another one-two win in round two of the 2018 RCCO. For KTM, it marked the fourth consecutive victory in the ‘big little’ racing series and the third for title favourite Michael Niemas.
Michael Niemas not to be beaten
Michael Niemas from Team Shell-PROTOTYP in the Just-a-minute event at Hanse-Ring was in a class of his own once again. After having clinched a commanding win on the permanent race track at the ‘Eiskeller’ in Hamburg-Harburg in the 2017 season’s finale in November he again scored a clear victory in round two of the 2018 season and in doing so took the sole lead of the standings. “I had to fight extremely hard for this victory,” said the KTM campaigner. “The field was incredibly close together, the quickest cars within one tenth of a second. You couldn’t afford to make a single mistake and I didn’t catch a good set of tyres. But as the evening went on, the tyres got better and better and in the end it was enough for victory again.”
‘Skottie’ perfects KTM’s one-two
Björn Skottke perfected KTM’s one-two result. The title defender secured pole position at the Hanse-Ring. However, in the final of the top five he had to battle hard for second position. Just shortly before the end of the race he overtook Frank Wilke’s ABT Vision RCCO. “That was close and thrilling,” ‘Skottie’ said after the race.
Frank Wilke completes podium
Like in the season opener at the Shell Technology Center the ABT Vision RCCO cars of NEXGENracing again left a strong impression at the Just-a-minute event. Two ABT racers, local hero Frank Wilke and ladies winner Gine Peters, made it into the top ten. Shortly before the end of the race Wilke was running in position two before, practically on the finish straight, he was intercepted by Björn Skottke. After two rounds Wilke is ranked in third place of the standings, tied on points with Volkswagen campaigner Kim Hauschild. It’s a real shame that the Airbus engineer due to taking a sabbatical won’t be able to contest the full season.
Disappointment for Volkswagen
The Hanse-Ring is the home track of Team Volkswagen Motorsport-Phoenix Racing, so the fact that neither of their two campaigners finished on podium was a big disappointment. Kim Hauschild was the only driver of a Volkswagen Golf GTE Vision RCCO to make it into the final, but finished the last round in last position. Team boss Daniel Bäumler in position six even missed out on qualifying for the final. “We didn’t get hold of good tyres,” the WeltN24 racer complained.
Frank Biela in final
After being forced to skip the season opener due to a professional commitment, Frank Biela contested his first race in this season of the ‘big little’ racing series at the Hanse-Ring. The five-time Le Mans winner and DTM Champion qualified for a sure place in the final and in fourth place just barely missed the podium following a collision in the final round. The second Schaeffler Vision RCCO of Team SCHAEFFLER racing by Biela was piloted by Matthias Parke. The slot car expert was extremely fast all night but in the end, following a crash in the last qualification race, had to settle for position seven.
Lamborghini and Audi with tyre problems
For Lamborghini and Audi, race two of the season ended in disappointment. Eldert Hedden (Joest Racing) and Thomas Voigt (tv racing) as the best representatives of the two manufacturers had to settle for positions nine and ten. The two ex-champions complained about their tyres as well. “There were major differences this time because some received new tyres after the drawing of lots and others got tyres that had previously been used in the 20 Minutes of Hamburg in February,” explained record champion Thomas Voigt. “In view of the minimal time gaps that was a decisive factor. We simply didn’t have enough grip.”
RCCO premiere for Joanna Wessel
New competition for RCCO ladies record champion Gine Peters: In the Just a minute event Joanna Wessel contested her first RCCO race. The girlfriend of Volkswagen campaigner Kim Hauschild is the third driver in Team Volkswagen Motorsport-Kick ‚n‘ Rush and in Harburg was standing in for up-and-coming motorcycle racer Philip Freitag.