Klien and Krauchuk win the hunt in Spa Francorchamps

Klien and Krauchuk win the hunt in Spa Francorchamps

12.05.2013: DTC - ADAC PROCAR Spa Francorchamps 2013 While the distances between the drivers in Division 1 got bigger throughout the

DTC - ADAC PROCAR Spa Francorchamps 2013

 

While the distances between the drivers in Division 1 got bigger throughout the race and Christian Klien drove safely towards his victory, the drivers in Division 2 managed to take away the audience’s breath more than once. Glatzel Racing Team emerged from this race as the winning team. All three drivers achieved a podium position.


The exciting duels in Division 2 attracted the attention of all spectators during the first race in Spa Francorchamps. Ralf Glatzel in his Ford Fiesta started the race from the pole position and defended his lead in the first, very tight turn. There were no collisions in the back of the field whilst the leading drivers of Division 2 sorted out quickly.


Glatzel, along with Yury Krauchuk and David Griessner, distanced himself easily from the rest of the field and the three of them started battling for positions. These fights were definitely worth seeing. Until round three it seemed that Griessner gained the upper hand but due to spark failures he constantly fell back on straight passages.


At first, he did not seem irritated by this incident and progressed up to the two other Glatzel Fiestas in the turns. „At some point I was not able to fight anymore and had to let Kai Jordan pass who had closed the gap between us“, Griessner explains.


As the leading trio was involved in fights for the top positions, Kai Jordan and Julia Trampert used the time to catch up with the trio. Especially Kai Jordan showed a convincing performance in his race to catch up. He even started a final attack on the leader Yury Krauchuk in the last round after he had overtaken Ralf Glatzel.


„Unfortunately I did not know how much time there was left, otherwise I would have attacked him earlier“, Jordan, who crossed the finish simultaneously with Krauchuk, sums up. The podium was thus firmly in Swabian hands since Ralf Glatzel finished third after his teammates Krauchuk and Jordan.



Division 1


As expected, former Formula 1 driver Christian Klien started the first race in Division 1 from the pole position. His teammate Johannes Leidinger overtook him already in the first turn. „I had a rather good start and entered the turn really well. There was not much space but it was enough“, Leidinger explains.


Klien did not let go off Leidinger and followed him bumper to bumper. He attacked his teammate in the second round and reconquered the lead. Jens Weimann, who was not satisfied at all on this weekend, followed them at some distance: „I was not able to keep up with them. I don’t really know why.


The vehicle performs smoothly, but the times are just not right“, the Thate Motorsport driver states. Klien drove his race in front, Leidinger finished safely second. „The points for position 2 were more important than the fight with a professional race driver. If I had made a mistake, I would have lost all points.


With regard to the championship, I cannot afford that.“ Despite the missing duels winner Christian Klien was still enthusiastic on the podium: „The vehicle is so much fun, I like the circuit as it is - all in all, it was a very positive experience for me. The victory is of course a highlight and I am already looking forward to the second race in the afternoon.“


 
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