Phoenix Racing wins at BILSTER BERG
24.06.2019 What a day for Phoenix Racing: A few hours after the triumph at the Nürburgring 24 Hours, the RCCO offshoot celebrated its second win of the season in the “big small” racing series. Daniel Bäumler won the #BBChallenge at BILSTER BERG with his Volkswagen Golf GTE Vision RCCO ahead of Thomas Voigt (Audi) and Björn Skottke (KTM). After five out of eleven races, the top four drivers are covered by just five points.
"It went perfectly today,” said the TV editor of the WELT Group after his first win of the season which promoted him to second place in the standings. "I was able to break away in the early stages and then manage my lead.”
From the last place on the grid, Bäumler achieved a start-finish victory in the finale. Very quickly he had put a lap on Thomas Voigt. Only after being passed by Bäumler the record champion was able to match his speed but he could not reduce the gap anymore. “At the beginning I drove too carefully,” said Voigt. “Only when Daniel overtook me, I saw where I could go faster. At least my e-tron, after some modifications today, was perfect for the first time this season.”
Voigt retook the lead in the championship just one point ahead of Bäumler and two ahead of previous championship leader Eldert Hedden (Lamborghini). Hedden was struggling with the maximum performance weight aboard his Lamborghini. “I did not even expect to reach the finale,” said Hedden.
The podium at the BILSTER BERG was completed by Björn Skottke, who secured the pole position in qualifying but had to qualify via the B-finale after finishing second in his preliminary race. After a start crash, he had to fight back with his KTM, recorded the fastest lap of the finale and grabbed third from Kim Hauschild (Volkswagen) shortly before the end. Hauschild seemed to be the fastest driver in the finale, but made too many mistakes.
Fifth place went to Audi driver Andreas Zschorsch. The BILD sports editor scored his best single result of the season.
Luisa Skottke (KTM) won the ladies' classification.
Rolf Neuhaus also had something to celebrate: The local hero from BILSTER BERG recorded the fastest time in free pracitce.
The BILSTER BERG Challenge of the “big small” racing series was held in brilliant sunshine for the first time open-air on the roof top terrace of the Glinicke Group.
The sixth race of the RCCO will take place on 19 July at the DTM event in Assen. The evening before, the six Audi drivers from the DTM will competing in a race with the Audi e-tron Vision RCCO for a film shoot.