Ronald Völker took the top spot in Modified in Saturday’s Q3, after his main rivals encountered a number of issues. First to crack was Bruno Coelho, with a spur gear failure on his XRAY. Later in the run, Marc Rheinard RC damaged his Awesomatix on the fast back section of the track, and Alexander Hagberg was also another retirement late in the running. This left TONISPORT’s Yannic Prümper to recover from his issues in Q2 last night to take second in the round, and Christopher Krapp to score another third place set of points for Team Yokomo. Behind, Serpent’s Yugo Nagashima took fourth from the B heat, but the big surprise was Michele Manzo (Awesomatix), taking a sixth in round from the C group. Elliott Harper was best Xray finisher in sixth.
Jan Ratheisky wrapped up the overall TQ in Pro Stock, with another fastest time in Saturday morning’s Q3. Jan’s Xray was half a second clear of team-mate Alexandre Duchet, who now firmly puts himself in the mix for a front row start. Simon Lauter was third, three tenths behind Duchet, with Leo Arnold taking fourth, a further one and a half seconds back and Valentin Hettrich making up the top five with his time from the B Heat.
The Formula class was the first to have an overall TQ decided, as Jan Ratheisky made it three-out-of-three so far. Setting a time nearly one and a half seconds better than anyone else could manage, the German Xray driver is assured of starting at the front of the grid for the triple finals. Second in Q3 was Olivier Bultynck, who was four tenths up on Matej Dobnikar. Dobnikar’s time was a few tenths quicker than David Ehrbar, who seemed to have lost some of his Friday pace and had to settle for fourth this time around, with Luke Lee RC rounding out the top five.
Front Wheel Drive got Saturday’s action underway, and Steven Møller Olsen, our pole sitter in Vienna, finally got back to the top of the scoreboard by setting the best time by six tenths of a second over Vienna winner, Enrico Jung. Jung was in turn a little over one second ahead of Stefan Schulz, as the battle for all the A Final grid positions really heats up. Marwin Riedelbauch kept himself in the mix with a fourth place score, just taking it from David Kushnarew by one tenth of a second.
Q3 of the Masters and 17.5 Stock divisions took place very late on Friday evening, at least giving the drivers a lie-in for Saturday morning! In Masters, Alexander Stocker put his Q2 result behind him to return to the top of the pile, the only driver to turn a 19 lap run. Andreas Weyhoven was best of the rest, one second ahead of Mirco Thalheimer in third. Christian Driessle (Chris Diesel) and Werner Schmitzer made up the rest of the top five this time.
Dominik Ruf had been slowly improving throughout qualifying, and was rewarded with a TQ run in Q3 of the 17.5 Stock class. More than a second back, round 1 winner Joachim Altenhof continued his solid results with a second place, beating out Alexander Muller by only a tenth of a second. Fourth in the round went to Marwin Riedelbauch, one second behind Muller, with Thomas Bemmerl completing the top five a half second back again.