March 5, 2023

Volker crowned inaugural MIBO International Champion

Ronald Volker has been crowned the inaugural MIBO International Race Champion, the Mugen driver turning around his form for the Mains to dominate the final day in the Czech Republic.  Having had a difficult Saturday, the former World Champion opened Sunday’s action with the fastest time of the weekend in the final qualifier to become Top Qualifier.  Having denied Xray’s Antoine Brunet pole position, Volker would pull clear of the French driver in A1 as he took his first step towards the overall crown.  A2 would be a repeat, with no one able to chase down Volker.  With the title in the bag, Volker wasn’t done completing the perfect day to put his car at the top of the results sheets for a fourth time. Behind, Brunet would be rewarded for a great effort in Hrotovice with second overall ahead of Xray team-mate Oliver Havranek. Showing good pace Eric Dankel would finish 4th in front of Christopher Krapp, the Yokomo driver having a character building few days.

‘A transformation’ was how Volker summed up his win.  The German, who ended up takin the TQ on tie break with Brunet, continued, ‘Yesterday I struggled a lot and today the car was always easy to drive. This gave me good confidence for all mains’.  A driver with plenty of found race winning memories from the Sport V Hotel, he said, ‘It’s good to be back here and for sure I will return to the MIBO International next year’.

Summing up his finals, a clearly disappointed Brunet said, ‘I struggled a little bit today with my lines.  Ronald was a bit faster than us today’.  The 25-year-old continued, ‘I am frustrated with my Q4, I was leading it and made a mistake.  I lost a big chance yesterday to win the race today’.

Also making the podium in Stock, Havranek got straight to the point saying, ‘in the finals Ronald was faster so it was then between me and Brunet. In the first A-Main we switched position 2 or 3 times but then touch and Eric passed us for 2nd.  In A3 I knew I need to win to get second and Ronald was too fast so I focused on keeping my third.  At the end I am happy with the result.’

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