May 25, 2019

Volker comes off best as tricky Rd6 produces 2 new winners

Ronald Volker came out best on tricky track conditions this morning at Steel City RC Speedway, as the first round of racing on Day 2 of the Reedy Race of Champions produced two new winners.  With the first heat of Round 6 loaded with three title contenders after yesterday’s action, it looked like Viktor Wilck was going to close the gap on overnight points leader Volker with a win but at the 3-minute mark while holding a comfortable he collected a car that spun out in front of him in the sweeper pulling the front right corner off his Infinity.  This gave the lead back to Ryan Cavalieri who would see of a late challenge from Volker who ended up P2.  Ending yesterday with a win but not happy with his set of tyres, having to use the same tyres again this morning Marc Rheinard would spin out twice in the race and end up 7th.  The second encounter would see Akio Sobue register his first win, finishing ahead of early leader Rick Hohwart, Kyle Klingforth and Round 3 winner JJ Wang.

‘It was a hard one. The traction was terrible out there. It was hard for everyone’, was how Volker summed up the first race of the day.  The Yokomo driver continued, ‘I crashed by myself once trying to just keep the car on the track’.  A good round for the 3-time champion in terms of his rivals, he said, ‘I’m happy I beat Marc and Viktor. It was an important 2nd place’.  Looking to the next race, all drivers having new tyres for Round 7, he said, ‘we will try to make the car more comfortable. Everyone is looking for better balance from their car’.

Commenting on his first win, Cavalieri said, ‘the track was very slimy.  After the first few lap I was just trying to hold on for the rest of the race but I managed to squeeze a win out of it’.  The Offroad ace, who has become a regular of the the Touring Car Reedy Race in recent years, continued, ‘the lap times and pace was so bad right now.  What ever they sprayed on the track is making it worse. It’s going to be a tough day’.

Explaining how he lost an almost certain win, Wilck said, ‘two cars were stopped in front of me and I hit them.  I was cruising and they spun out at the end of the straight and I couldn’t avoid them. It’s a shame. I was an easy win’.  Continuing to set the fastest lap for each round, the pace this morning much slower, the Swede shared the general feedback from drivers that the track was ‘more slippery’ than yesterday.

‘Super difficult’, was Sobue’s reaction after his first win of this the 22nd running of the legendary race.  He said after I over took Jan and had to drive safe and even driving like this I spun out at the end of the straight. It was super difficult to stay on the racing line.

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