With Melvin Diemann’s popular victory in Fiorano, he joins a very exclusive club consisting of just 10 members – winners of a 1/10 Scale A Final at the ENS. Let’s take a look at those 10 drivers, and also who might be missing from the list!
Greiner still with the most wins
Over the ENS’s 30 race history, consisting of a 2-event ‘Pilot Series’ in 2013, six full seasons for 2014 to 2019, the shortened seasons of 2020 and 2021, and now the first event of the 2022 season (officially Season #9), Dominic Greiner has an impressive tally of seven victories in the class. His first win came in May 2014 at Aigen in Austria, and he’s since then added another victory at the Austrian track in 2020, along with wins also at Fiorano (2016, 2017 and 2018), Ettlingen (2018) and Apeldoorn (2020).
Leino next up
Just behind Greiner on the list of winners is Finland’s Teemu Leino. Teemu’s first victory also came in Aigen in 2015, and he won again in Austria in 2016 and 2019. The three other victories have come in three other circuits, Ettlingen (2016), Bologna (2019) and Rucphen (also 2019).
Two drivers have four victories – Eric Dankel, whose wins all came in 2017 and earlier, including the very first ENS event in the ‘Pilot Series’ (Hockenheim, 2013), whilst Groskamp took the win at the second event of the ‘Pilot Series’ (Stohr-Ring, 2013), before winning twice in 2018, at Rucphen and Aigen, before his most recent victory back at Aigen in 2021.
The other multi-time winners are Bruno Coelho (3 wins, Bologna 2015, Mulhouse 2017 and Aigen 2017) and Dirk Wischnewski (2 wins, Ettlingen 2015 and Bologna 2016). Joining Diekmann with a single victory in the 1/10 Scale class is Dario Balestri (Fiorano 2014), Alessio Mazzeo (Fiorano 2015), and Patrick Nahr (Ettlingen 2019).
So, who might be missing from that list of winners? Well, if we take a look at the drivers with other strong statistics, the most obvious names yet to win an ENS are Francesco Tironi (1x TQ, 3x Podiums), Leo Arnold (also with 1x TQ, 3x Podiums), and Thilo Diekmann (4x Podiums). But not so high on the stats list but with plenty of eyes on them at recent ENS events are Milan Holthuis and Quentin Leroux.
The Dutch driver might only have one ENS podium currently to his name and the Frenchman yet to step onto the podium, but as strong supporters of the series, it may well be one of these who we next add to the exclusive club of winners – and who knows, the future of the class might become Diekmann vs Holthuis vs Leroux. But don’t expect the experienced drivers such as Groskamp and Leino to let their younger challengers take over without a serious fight!
ENS 1/10 Scale A Final Winners
- Dominic Greiner (DE) – 7
- Teemu Leinu (FI) – 6
- Eric Dankel (DE) – 4
- Jilles Groskamp (NL) – 4
- Bruno Coelho (PT) – 3
- Dirk Wischnewski (DE) – 2
- Alessio Mazzeo (IT) – 1
- Dario Balestri (IT) – 1
- Patrick Nahr (DE) – 1
- Melvin Diekmann (DE) – 1