Rheinard goes to the top at RROC with win No.4
Marc Rheinard has moved to the top of the points standings for the first time at the Reedy Race of Champions, the Infinity driver notching up his fourth win at the 21st running of the legendary race in the seventh round of racing. Starting from pole, it was another important win for the reigning champion as both Ronald Volker and Christopher Krapp were in the same heat. Even better for Rheinard was the fact his main challenge came from Krapp as Volker was delayed getting through the field and could only manage 3rd, his lowest finish so far. As a result of the win, Rheinard now holds a 1-point lead over Volker going into the final race of Day 2’s action. The other significant result from the round came in Race 3 as Viktor Wilck saw off a challenge from Jilles Groskamp to register his third win moving him back up to third in the points ahead of Krapp. Having taking a popular win the day’s opening round of racing, David Jun claimed another in Round 7 becoming only the 5th driver with multiple wins, the Team Associated driver joking afterwards ‘they are two wins more than I was expecting’.
Commenting on his race, Rheinard, ‘Even though I started 1st I knew Ronald and Krappi would come up and there would be a fight. When I got on the green Krappi closed right up but we both had the same pace and I could take the win. It’s for sure an important result’. Set to go up against Volker again in the day’s final encounter, he said, ‘I start last, Ronald is 5th ad Akio is on the front row. I hope Akio can win it and that I can get a Top 3’.
‘I thought I could catch Marc so I’m disappointed but we both had the same pace’, was Krapp’s reaction to the result. The Yokomo driver continued, ‘I’ll take the second. Every round I’ve been in the Top 3 so I had no drop result yet so I will just try now to be a little more aggressive’. Set to start his next race from last on the 8 car grid he said, ‘with no drop, I can try something.’ Admitting Marc’s form and latest win are making the title a increasingly difficult prospect for him he concluded, ‘the podium is still wide open’.
Volker said, ‘It was a tough heat with Marc and Krappi starting ahead of me. I took too long to get by Albano. He did a good job holding me behind and I was only able to get by after 3-minutes when he rolled’. The Yokomo driver continued, ‘the car was there again but the gap was too big by the time I got by’. Feeling he hasn’t capitalise on his front row starts as well as Rheinard, he said, ‘I hope for the rest of the races I can have more benefits from my starts’. The German also said, ‘I am glad me and Marc are racing more often this year. We start 5 of out of 8 races together were as in the past it has sometimes only been twice over the whole weekend’. Drivers don’t yet know the starting order of tomorrow’s final four races, the grid sheets only being released on the morning of each race day.
Lining up on the front row alongside pole sitter Kyle Klingforth, Wilck said, ‘It was a good good start and then Kyle made a mistake so I had a clear lead’. He continued, ‘then Jilles was coming a little but I could control the race to the end’. Having felt his car lacked pace in the previous round, the 2012 Reedy Champion, the race held at Norcal that year, said, ‘we improved the car a little that time by making a little more flex in the upper bulk head and we will leave it as now for today’. Faced with a back row start alongside Krapp for Round 8 he said, ‘I’ll just start and see what happens’.
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