KTM wins in ADAC Hansa City Cup
20.09.2018 The title race in the ‘big small’ RCCO electric racing series is coming to a head: on scoring a second place in the ADAC Hansa City Cup, Audi driver Thomas Voigt took the lead of the drivers’ classification. Title defender Björn Skottke (KTM), on clinching his second win this season, improved to second place in the standings.
Spectacular city race
The traditional city race that has been held ever since 1991, the year in which the RCCO was established, was spectacular as usual. Between the cardboard walls in the conference room of ADAC Hansa some fierce duels were fought with numerous collisions so that the marshals had their hands full – and also played a (partly) decisive role in the proceedings. Title defender Björn Skottke (KTM) and record champion Thomas Voigt (Audi) were the night’s two winners. ‘Skottie’ repeated his victory from last year and Voigt, in the absence of the previous front runner, Michael Niemas (KTM), took the lead of the standings.
The semi-final between the two title contenders, Skottke and Voigt, was the race of the night and decided only on the last lap of the shootout following several collisions. Even though Voigt, after most recently having scored two consecutive victories in the City Cup, had to race with maximum additional weight he made life difficult for his rival up until the final lap. “That was pretty exciting,” Skottke said after his narrow victory. “Like an early final!” In the ‘real’ final, the KTM driver subsequently scored an easy win against Volker Paulun (Lamborghini). Voigt won the ‘small final’ against Jan Hedden (also Lamborghini) with equal ease.
Drama at Joest Racing
The Lamborghini Centenario RCCO cars presented themselves in strong form in the ADAC Hansa City Cup. Three of the four Lamborghini drivers made it into the quarter-final. Eldert Hedden clinched his fourth (!) pole position this season and Volker Paulun battled his way into the final. But during scrutineering Joest Racing was in for a rude awakening: on Paulun’s car the two performance weights, each weighing 5 grams, were missing, which earned him a ten-place penalty. Of all drivers, it was the one that had prepared Paulun’s car and forgotten to install the performance weights that benefitted from the mishap: Jan Hedden. He advanced from fourth to third place, was pleased about his first podium this year but, understandably, just awkwardly.
ABT three times in the top ten
A strong appearance was also made by the ABT Vision RCCO: with Robert Müller, Andreas Göhring and Alan Fauvel in positions five, six and nine, three ABT drivers managed the leap into the top ten. Fauvel even shone with a best time in free practice, but then retired in the race as early as in the last sixteen.
Strong comeback by Philipp Freitag
While the motorcycle career of up-and-coming driver Philipp Freitag has somewhat stalled due to lack of sponsors, the youngster caused a sensation in his RCCO comeback: after having most recently competed for Volkswagen Motorsport-Kick n Rush at the season opener in February, on finishing the City Cup in seventh place, he was the best driver of a Volkswagen Golf GTE Vision RCCO.
Rolf Neuhaus in the top ten
Rolf Neuhaus continues to busily score points. For the first time this year, the driver of Scuderia Suedschleife.com achieved a top-ten result in a single event. While the man from Bilster Berg benefitted from Volker Paulun’s penalty he also had the misfortune of being pitted against record champion Thomas Voigt right in the first race.
MiniRX to visit EKS Audi Sport at the Estering
On the night of 11 October the ‘big little’ racing series will visit Buxtehude for the fourth time as part of the German World Rallycross Championship round. Whereas the Eberstein car dealership hosted the first three MiniRX events, the upcoming race will be the first to be held in the marquee of Team EKS Audi Sport in the heart of the World RX paddock.