Ronald Volker has claimed an 8th win at the DHI Cup. The Yokomo driver secured the victory at the 18th running of the Danish Classic with a convincing win in the deciding A-Main. Having had a messy opening lap in A2, with Yannic Prumper the main benefactor to take the win, Volker went into the third encounter determined to return to the form he has shown when he took all four qualifiers. While suffering a scare when his car hit a bump on the opening lap, the World Champion quickly established a lead that he would extend to over 2-second by the finish. For Prumper his weekend would net a Yokomo 1-2, the German clearly delighted to competitive again after a lean 2017 season. Completing the podium in Odense would be Marc Rheinard, the Infinity driver having gone into the final leg with a chance of the win but unable to get by Elliott Harper soon enough to do anything about Volker.
‘I’m happy to get away with the overall win after my issues in A1 & 2. To win here is always a great way to start the new season’, was Volker’s reaction to take the overall win 11-years on from his first DHI Cup. He continued, ‘I hit a bump and almost flew off the track on the first lap but I felt the pace was there and could pull away and cruise to the end’. The World Champion added, ‘I’m glad Yannic was able to finish second and we could make it a Yokomo 1-2’. Asked his thoughts on his latest DHI Cup victory he replied, ‘It is nice to add another win here because this is a race I watched from home 15-year ago and it has a very special tradition of kicking off the new season. Its great that this tradition still continues even now with the addition of the Offroad’.
The meaning of today’s result for Prumper was clear. ‘It feels good to be back at the top for sure after such a long time’. The former ETS race winner added, ‘I just tried to do my own race with no mistakes. It was nothing special actually but all in all I’m super happy with the result. Hopefully it is the start of a good season to come’.
Rheinard said given how qualifying had gone he was relatively pleased with his podium finish. The former Champion said, ‘the pace was there in the finals, the car was good in the end. If we had have been 2/10ths faster we would have started second and it could have been a different story but it is what it is. Starting 4th, the podium is ok’. Asked about A3, the 4-time World Champion said, ‘It just took too long to pass Elliott and the gap to the other was already to big’. For Harper the race would see him finish 4th overall with Viktor Wilck and Christopher Krapp completing the Top 6.