May 26, 2019

Wilck becomes only the 4th multiple Reedy Race Champion

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’.

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