Viktor Wilck is the 2019 Reedy Race Champion, the Infinity driver becoming only the 4th multiple winning of the legendary race on this its 22nd running. Having conceded defeat to overnight points leader Ronald Volker as the final day’s action was widely expected to be rained out, a dry but cold & windy morning presented the 2012 champion with an opportunity to resume battle with Volker. With 2019 a new chapter in the history of the race following the demise of the famous Tamiya Track, conditions at new Steel City RC Speedway for the final two rounds of heads up racing were less than ideal with traction at a premium. It was a dramatic start to the morning as going head to head from the front row Wilck and Volker made contact in the penultimate round resulting in both cars breaking. One race to go and 1-point separated the pair. As the grid were published for the showdown, they would race in the same heat but the grid was somewhat controversial as Wilck was on pole and Volker lined up 11th. Up front Wilck, who was fastest throughout the event, pulled clear for an easy win while Volker worked his way through to second. This left them tied on points with the same number of wins, 2nd and 3rd places so it came down to the total time of their best three results which thanks to the only 21-lap run of the event in Round 10 gave Wilck his second Reedy Race of Champions title. Having come into the weekend chasing title No.8, Marc Rheinard would complete the podium in Fontana well clear of team-mate Akio Sobue in fourth.
Not known for flash celebrations, an unassuming Wilck said, ‘It feels really good to come out back on top after the troubles of the previous days’. The Swede continued, ‘I think my car worked great all weekend and I think I was fastest all the race. It feels good to get the first win my new team Infinity’. Revealing that his IF14 featured many prototype parts that are set to feature on his Japanese team’s upcoming new touring car chassis, he said, ‘the new car worked perfect and I thank the team for the perfect support. It’s nice to win the Reedy Race again’.
Struggling to convey his emotions regarding the final two races of the event, a clearly frustrated Volker said, ‘I feel I was treated very unfair with the system and don’t want to say anything more I might regret later’ – a reference to the grid for his final race. The 3-time Champion continued, ‘never the less congrats to Viktor, he had the best pace. Thanks to Team Yokomo US and Hayato for his hard work’.
‘The podium is OK, I tried but I don’t think anyone could match Viktor’s pace. He deserved it’, was Rheinard’s reaction to the final result. With 4 more Reedy Race titles than any other driver, the German added, ‘Three times in a row for Infinity is a great result’. On his own performance over the weekend he said, ‘I struggled a bit, maybe it was my car or maybe this is just not my layout and it suits Viktor better’. One of the Tamiya track’s greatest fans, he continued, ‘the conditions here are unique. I hope they change for next year. The racing was not nice to watch or drive and we need that to keep the Reedy Race special’.
It was a dramatic start to the final day of action at the 22nd running of the Reedy Race of Champions as title rivals Ronald Volker and Viktor Wilck went head to head from the front row because a clash while battling over the lead eliminated both drivers on the spot. With the expected overnight rain staying at bay, drivers arrived to a dry but cold and windy track making for difficult conditions with traction at an all time low. Winning each of their final encounters yesterday meaning they would be gridded in the same heat, it was Volker on pole with Wilck alongside. Initially it was Volker who had the better start, Wilck making a number of mistakes over the opening laps but soon he was in his groove and quickly back on the rear bumper of Volker. With 5-laps to go it looked like Wilck had found a way through in the front chicane but a slide saw Volker’s Yokomo shoot across into the side of the Infinity driver with both cars spinning off into the barriers before Volker’s car was collected by Akio Sobue. Both cars broken, they were both out and with one race remaining it is all to play for in Round 12 as Volker holds onto a 1-point lead over his rival. With the two drivers out Meen Vejrak took the win while the other encounter saw outgoing champion Marc Rheinard cement his podium finish with his 3rd win of the event.
Giving his reaction to the race, Volker, who retired with a broken front spool cup, said, ‘It started off fine and there was more grip than the practice session but eventually Viktor was quicker and caught up. In the hairpin he tapped me from behind and I got out of shape on the exit. It was not a fair move. He went inside me but overshoot it a bit. I didn’t want to give up my lead but as the grip is low today my car spun in the chicane when I was side by side with him and we made contact’.
Asked his thoughts on the incident, Wilck said, ‘In the beginning I had a few mistakes, it was super loose but then I got comfortable with the car and closed in on Ronald. I went on his inside and actually passed him but he decided to punch us both off the track. Suffering a broken turn buckle and arm pin, the Swede concluded, I have to see the video to see exactly what happened’.
The tenth round of racing at the Reedy Race of Champion saw title rivals Ronald Volker and Viktor Wilck match each other as they both came through the field of their respective heats to add another race win. Separated by 1-point going into the final round of Day 2’s action at Steel City RC Speedway that is how the gap remains in the overnight standings with 2 rounds to go but whether they go ahead is in the hands of mother nature. With the general conscious from various weather apps being that no racing will happen tomorrow due to forecast overnight rain, should that be the case Volker will be crowned Reedy Race Champion for a fourth time but if racers wake up to dry conditions in Fontana tomorrow morning its all to play for for Wilck. While Volker is sure to be doing his best rain dance and Wilck wishing for a dry day, for defending champion Marc Rheinard which ever way it swings he is set to give up his title with 3rd place on the podium.
Not comfortable with congratulations given to him by members of the Infinity team, asked about his latest race Volker said, ‘I took a hard hit going into the first corner but somehow the car stayed rubber side down and I was able to recover. This time was the best the car has been all day so I was able to close the gap and make some moves to eventually get the win’. Asked about the possibilities of a fourth title, he replied, ‘tomorrow there is a high chance of rain so we will have to wait and see how things look but I’m ok with the weather forecast being correct’.
Contesting his first Reedy Race with reigning manufacturers champions Infinity, Wilck said, ‘It was a perfect race again. I just feel I needed to get more races against Ronald’. With four wins compared to Volker’s five and accepting defeat to his rival, he continued, ‘Congrats to him. He made the most of his car. It was not perfect, our’s was better but we didn’t maximise our results. The big one was this morning when I hit the two cars’. With a small number of people reporting that their weather app was showing a dry morning Wilck said, ‘It would be nice if its dry tomorrow but on my phone it does look good, let see’.