March 5, 2023

Volker takes TQ from Brunet at MIBO International

Ronald Volker is the Top Qualifier for the inaugural MIBO International Race.  The Mugen driver claimed pole position in the Czech Republic when he posted the fastest TQ run of the weekend in the fifth & final qualifier this morning (Sunday).  His second TQ run equalling the tally of Xray’s Antoine Brunet, it was the only 25-lap run of the weekend that gave the German the tie break over his French rival here in Hrotovice.  Summing up the deciding run, Volker said, ‘there was some pressure going on as I needed to TQ that one.  In the beginning Eric (Dankel) was all over, he had great pace.  I managed to keep it a clean run and as I hoped the track was slightly quicker than yesterday’.  Looking to the triple finals, the former World Champion said, ‘this is a very very tough track because of the boards so it is important to have as easy a car as I can.  As always on carpet it is not too easy to pass so once I have a car I can hold my line I should be good. Obviously I am hoping to not find myself in the position of having to defend’.

Commenting on his final qualifying attempt having held the overnight provisional TQ, Brunet said, ‘It was so, so, the car changed a lot and I struggled with my driving.  The car was too aggressive for me’.  Putting in an impressive performance yesterday, the 25-year-old’s struggled start to Day 3 of the event was also compound by some traffic issues despite the two drivers involved getting plenty of warning from onroad track announcer and former racer Zdenko Kunak.  Asked given his car been aggressive in Q5’s morning conditions if he would change it for the opening A-Main he said he would leave it unchanged as he expects the track to change again and his focus will be on his driving and trying to overtake Volker.

After the high of last night’s penultimate qualifier, which he topped, Oliver Havranek described Q5 as ‘terrible’.  He continued, ‘I didn’t change my set-up but the car felt strange at the beginning which led to me making some mistakes.  I destroyed the car’.  Asked what he can do starting from 3rd on the grid, the Slovak driver replied, ‘It depends if Antoine goes after Ronald and attacks.  We will see what happens’.  Behind Havranek, Dankel starts fourth ahead of Christopher Krapp and Dionys Stadler.

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March 4, 2023

Havranek hits the top in Q4

Having been close in Q2 & 3, Oliver Havranek finally hit the top in Q4 at the MIBO International Race.  Only a tenth of a second off Xray team-mate Antoine Brunet in Q3,  the Slovak driver would top penultimate qualifier just ahead of the Mugen’s of Ronald Volker and Eric Dankel as he laid down the fastest 5-minute run of the day.  The third different driver to post a TQ run, he now goes into Sunday’s morning fifth & final round up against Brunet and Volker with a chance of becoming Top Qualifier.

Just 0.083 quicker than Volker, Havranek was delighted with his TQ but admitted ‘that was a close one’.  He added, ‘I didn’t think I could win this one because Antoine was faster at the beginning.  After he made a mistake I was first but I saw Ronald was gaining the last few laps but I held on. It was a really close finish’.  Asked about track conditions, he replied, ‘traction was higher for me now than before.  It was the most grip of the weekend but the morning could change that’.  A confidence boosting result, the 18-year-old is ready to give it his all in the morning showdown saying, ‘we will see tomorrow if we have the possibility of the TQ’.

Asked about his fourth attempt, Q2 ending with a crash and Q3 effected by the damage done from the impact, Volker said, ‘I didn’t know it was that close at the finish.  They kept announcing I was in 3rd place when I could have had a chance at TQ’.  While suffering a mistake mid run, taking a positive into tomorrow he said, ‘the car was better than before and the overall TQ is still open’.  Asked if he had a plan he said  he would try a set-up change Dankel made to his example of Mugen’s upcoming kit release for Q4 that netted him the fastest lap of the round.

Asked about his P5 in Q4 having been on target to wrap up the overall TQ, Brunet replied, ‘It was just one mistake, the car was a little better than before and I had more corner speed.  I’m happy with the car so I’ll get a good sleep tonight and try again tomorrow’.

Rounding out the day with a P4, Christopher Krapp summed up the run as ‘not so good’ adding ‘we are still struggling’.  He continued ‘we just discovered before the round that I had a tyre issue from my earlier crashes.  The tyres are not round, they are more like an egg after the crashes’.  Hoping this is part of the reason for his struggles, the Yokomo driver will mix the best of sets of tyres in hope of improving the car for the remainder of the event.

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March 4, 2023

Izsay claims Stock TQ at MIBO International

Adam Izsay is the Top Qualifier for Stock Touring Car at MIBO International.  The Hungarian locked his Xray into pole position when he backed up TQ runs in the second and third rounds with a P2 behind Oliver Havranek in Q4.  The result means that even if Havranek was to take the final qualifier he would be one point short of beating his team-mate.  The other TQ of the day went to Simon Horak, but the Czech driver suffered a DNF in Q2 and sits P5 overnight behind Jirka Vyšín (3rd) and Enrico Jung (4th).  Happy to wrap up the TQ, 20-year-old Izsay says the finals are going to be hard fraught. ‘The Top 3 are really close and the track is not so forgiving so it’s not going to be easy’.  In FWD while there is a three way battle for the pole in Formula, Tomáš Sova is holding the top spot overnight.

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March 4, 2023

On form Brunet takes Q2 & 3 at MIBO International

France’s Antoine Brunet is the man on form at the MIBO International Race this afternoon, the Xray driver posting TQ runs in the second and third rounds of qualifying at the Czech event.  Having opening the day with P2 behind Ronald Volker, Brunet went one better in Q2 as Volker struggled with a set-up change before crashing out.  Oliver Havranek would make it an Xray 1-2 with ahead of the Yokomo of Christopher Krapp and Eric Dankel who had given Mugen a 1-2 in Q1.  Finding his form even better was to come from Brunet in Q3 as he set a new fastest time bettering that of Volker by over a second.  Again it was Havranek who was second fastest as he got to within 1/10th of  a second of his team-mate.  Back after his Q2 crash but struggling with his new body shell, Volker would complete the Top 3 ahead the IRIS One of Dionys Stadler.

While struggling with how nervous his car was at the start of the second qualifier, Brunet said a change to his tyre prep had overall given him a much more consistent car over the 5-minutes and he was delighted to take Q2.  Going with the same tyre prep for Round 3, he found the track conditions ‘more oily’ and that resulted in his car feeling ‘sticky mid corner’, something he plans to make a small adjustment for in his car set-up ahead of the penultimate qualifier.  Despite the track conditions he was able to bag his second maximum points of the day describing it as a ‘clean run without mistakes’.

Setting the fastest lap so far in Q3, Havranek said he again made a very fast start to the second heat to lead early on just as he had done in the opener.  A few mistakes ‘hitting dot here and there’ dropped him from the lead with the Slovak driver complimenting his team-mate Brunet for being the more consistent driver.  Feeling he was ‘calmer over the 5-minutes’ of Q3, he said this was ‘a really good qualifier’ and with no mistakes he could get closer to Brunet with just 1/10 separating them in the end.  Motivated for the fourth of the five scheduled qualifiers he said, ‘we will see what we can do in 4’.

Asked about his Q3 exit, Volker replied, ‘I told you about changing my diff, well it was the wrong choice’.  Suffering a fast crash and contact with the boards this broke his car with just 1:30 run.  Also breaking his body, he said having fixed the chassis, the fit of the new shell was slightly different leading him to suffer understeer.  Despite this the Mugen driver managed a P3 and is hopeful with a different body he can get back in the mix for Q4 which will bring Day 2 of the inaugural MIBO International Race to a close.

Sixth fastest in Q3 after his third in the previous round, Krapp said, ‘we are going a little backwards set-up wise’.  Happy with the points of P3 in Q2 he said it was 1 to 2 seconds off where they needed to be.  He said Q3 started better but then he had a ‘big mistake’ but admitted even without this they are still not there.  The World Championship Runner-up concluded, ‘the driver and the set-up are still not on point’.

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