SPECTACULAR SEASON KICK-OFF IN HUNGARY
Rain and sushine led to an exiting BATTLE start!
- 27 cars line up at a sensational first racing weekend in 2014
- The Czech Pavel Heinik secures his spot as clear title favorite
- 33 Lamborghini "ILOC" super sports cars race at the "X-BOW DAYS"
- Thrilling premiere of the long-distance race format "BATTLE ENDURANCE"
Thursday and Friday of last week were all about the season’s start of "X-BOW DAYS" on the Pannonia Ring in Hungary. It’s sixth times a year where X-BOW racers, fans and friends all gather to celebrate everything to do with the Austrian super sports car. The highlights of the race weekend were two separate "BATTLE SPRINT" races and one round of the "BATTLE ENDURANCE", the latter of which is celebrating its premiere this season. As in 2013 at the Red Bull Ring season’s opener, the weather god showed no mercy and made it a difficult start to the season for the 27 participants. On Thursday torrential rains, interludes of light hail, strong winds and icy temperatures were the constant companions of the drivers and their teams. But even this did not dampen the good spirits in the paddock. Friday was blessed with sunshine and apart from a few small hiccups all races went ahead smoothly.
1. Race "BATTLE SPRINT"
It started to rain just in time for the start of the first "BATTLE Sprint" race on Thursday at noon. Series organizer and driver "Bernie Silverstone", the only racer to put his bets on slicks, made an early exit after the first lap. Last year's champion Reini Kofler drove a clear start-to-finish victory after a brief interlude with the Czech Pavel Heinik – one of his fiercest competitors. Since Kofler only sporadically forms part of the line-up, Heinik secures his spot as clear title favorite and has the best credentials for a good racing season in 2014. With his strong run, Plus-City-Boss Ernst Kirchmayr (AUT) finished in an excellent third place and is expected to race for the complete season. Polish driver Artur Chwist was fourth and the Austrian Klaus Angerhofer proved that his paint damage in Ascari that he incurred three weeks ago did not hold him back from finishing in fifth place. The rest of the top ten positions all went to Austrians: Holger Baumgartner had a slightly disappointing race to finish sixth and newcomer Oliver Hörschläger finished seventh. Laura Kraihamer finished in eighth position to be the fastest woman in the field, Sehdi Sarmini came ninth and "Peter Pan " completed the top ten.
2. Race "BATTLE SPRINT"
KTM test and development driver Reini Kofler took pole position in the second race and drove a hard fought battle against Pavel Heinik. But in the end, Kofler was able to pick up his second win for the weekend. Behind him things got even hotter: Holger Baumgartner was behind Pavel Heinik, who again was second across the line. Baumgartner finished third to continue in the same positive style he showed last year. Pierre Ludigkeit was close behind Baumgartner in the final third of the race and finished fourth to be the best German driver. There was a spectacular battle behind him almost over the entire race distance between Klaus Angerhofer and Ernst Kirchmayr albeit with a poorer result for Kirchmayr who went into a spin in the final lap and dropped back to tenth place. Angerhofer went on to finish fifth ahead of "Peter Pan", Artur Chwist (who managed a sensational comeback from fourteenth position on the grid), "Bob Bau", the Czech Jakub Havrlant and Kirchmayr. Laura Kraihamer finished eleventh to just miss out on a top ten place.
3. Race "BATTLE ENDURANCE"
It appears that organizer Georg Silbermayr has yet again landed a huge success with the launch of the "BATTLE ENDURANCE". 24 drivers divided into 12 teams took on the one-hour race challenge, with the drivers changing over between the 25-35 minute mark with a two-minute mandatory pit stop. Pavel Heinik and his Czech compatriot Jakub Havrlant had reason to celebrate because they were the most consistent and fastest duo on their way to victory. A very thrilling three-way battle ensued after the driver change over to decide the minor podium places. In the end, it was the duo of Sehdi Sarmini (AUT) and Pierre Ludigkeit (GER) who finished second. Third place went to "Brnie Silverstone" and Artur Chwist, who in the last seconds succeeded in fending off a charge by KTM’s chief designer Gerald Kiska, who partnered Klaus Angerhofer in the race. The top five positions were completed by the team "Bob Bau"/"Peter Pan".
"ILOC" makes guest appearance at the "X-BOW DAYS"
Motorsport fans were treated to a very special guest appearance at the Pannonia Ring: On Friday the "ILOC" (International Lamborghini Owners Club) was represented with 33 cars and in addition to some free time on the track, also had their own race. This was a unique experience for all participants because each of the Italian sports cars was accompanied around the track during the free driving phase by one of the Austrian super sports cars. This type of guest appearance might well not be the last one – one of the many reasons to look forward to all the upcoming "X-BOW DAYS" events.
1. Race „BATTLE-SPRINT“, 10th April 2014:
1. Reini Kofler (AT), 28:26.731 min (13 Laps)
2. Pavel Heinik (CZ), +6.816 sec
3. Ernst Kirchmayr (AT), +1:18.010 min
4. Artur Chwist (PL), +1:25.101
5. Klaus Angerhofer (AT), +1:26.098
6. Holger Baumgartner (AT), +1:37.908
7. Oliver Hörschläger (AT), +1:39.612
8. Laura Kraihamer (AT), +1:41.861
9. Sehdi Sarmini (AT), +1:42.251
10. “Peter Pan” (AT), +1:43.353
11. Pierre Ludigkeit (DE), +1:52.515
12. “Bob Bau” (AT), +2:13.939
13. Petar Matic (SRB), +2:15.393
14. Milan Starcevic (SRB), +1 Lap
15. Uwe Schmidt (DE), +1
16. Harry Rath (AT), +1
17. Christoph Doppler (AT), +1
18. Jakub Havrlant (CZ), +1
19. Eyke Angermayr (AT), +1
20. Max Lahmer (AT), +1
21. Karel Bednar (CZ), +3 Laps
22. “A.J: Earnhardt” (AT), DNF
23. Danijela Radulovic (DE), DNF
24. “Bernie Silverstone” (AT), DNF
25. Gerald Kiska (AT), DNF
26. Radomir Duric (SRB), DNF
27. “Julie Wood” (AT), DNF
2. Race „BATTLE-SPRINT“, 11th April 2014:
1. Reini Kofler (AT), 27:03.653 min (14 Laps)
2. Pavel Heinik (CZ), +1.657 sec
3. Holger Baumgartner (AT), +7.114
4. Pierre Ludigkeit (DE), +8.047
5. Klaus Angerhofer (AT), +16.120
6. “Peter Pan” (AT), +17.687
7. Artur Chwist (PL), +18.073
8. “BOB BAU” (AT), +21.972
9. Jakub Havrlant (CZ), +32.565
10. Ernst Kirchmayr (AT), +33.274
11. Laura Kraihamer (AT), +36.299
12. Uwe Schmidt (DE), +59.197
13. Max Lahmer (AT), +1:04.653 min
14. Oliver Hörschläger (AT), +1:06.332
15. Eyke Angermayr (AT), +1:23.366
16. Christoph Doppler (AT), +1:24.061
17. Radomir Duric (SRB), +1:26.043
18. Harry Rath (AT), + 1Lap
19. Christian Loimayr (AT), +1
20. Milan Starcevic (SRB), +1
21. "Julie Wood" (AT), +1
22. Karel Bednar (CZ), + 2
23. “Bernie Silverstone” (AT), DNF
24. Danijela Radulovic (DE), DNF
25. "A.J. Earnhardt" (AT), DNF
26. Petar Matic (SRB), DNF
27. Gerald Kiska (AT), DNF
„BATTLE-ENDURANCE“, 10th April 2014:
1. Havrlant/Heinik, 57:45.584 min (25 Laps)
2. Sarmini/Ludigkeit, +3.639 sec
3. Silverstone/Chwist, +26.351
4. Angerhofer/Kiska, +34.720
5. "Bau"/ "Pan", +59.699
6. Hörschläger/Bednar, + 149.673 min
7. Kraihamer/Schmidt, +2:02.659
8. Kofler/Radulovic, +2:28.807
9. Kirchmayr/Angermayr, +1 lap
10. Matic/Starcevic, + 4
11. Lahmer/Doppler, DQF
12. Rath/Eder, DNF