Excitement in all classes in race three and four of the X-BOW BATTLE in Brno / KTM X-BOW GT4 Pilot Jan Krabec picks up his Team RTR Projects home victory / Josef Koller & Georg Silbermayr alternate lead in Elite Class / Marcel Marchewicz and Jan Rihs take the wins in thrilling Rookies races.
The X-BOW BATTLE were guests at Austria’s well-known and popular Histo Cup race series in the Czech Republic, more precisely at the fantastic MotoGP circuit at Brno. The classic undulating course was a perfect venue for this traditional date in spring, and the weather brought no unpleasant surprises for the participants. Only an oil spill laid down by a participant of another race series, shortly before the second qualifying session, created slippery conditions on a part of the track. Event organizer Georg Silbermayr was, in any case, able to draw a positive balance. “Here we were able to greet some competitors who were not on the start at Mugello, and that was especially pleasing for us. A trip to Brno is always worth it, but at the same time there was also the anticipation and pleasure of looking forward to our season’s highlight, our home race at the Red Bull Ring from May 23-25.”
Two Elite drivers secured the starting positions on the first row for Friday’s race. Austrian “BOB BAU” was half a second faster than the local Czech hero Josef Koller. The fastest GT4 driver, Jan Krabec, also a Czech, positioned himself behind them. Fastest Rookie driver in qualifying was the German Marcel Marchewicz, winner of the “SuperRacer” Talent Scouting of the Motorpresse Stuttgart. However, all the qualifying positions were nothing but noise and smoke after the first corner. Elite class driver Ernst Kirchmayr ran into Georg Silbermayr’s car after an optimist braking point, causing him to spin out and shake up the field. It was Adam Galas, who had been unlucky in training who benefited from the situation. The Polish driver had to change out his transmission and was not able to start in qualifying, therefore, started the race from the back of the grid. Galas found himself in overall sixth, and third in the GT4 class after the chaos in the first corner.
Meanwhile, Josef Koller was quickly able to overtake “BOB BAU” at the front, while behind them Krabec hit the gas and shone as he put in the fastest laps, which propelled him into the lead. At the end of the race, the Czech driver picked up the home win in both the overall and GT4 classes for both him and his team RTR Projects, resulting in a great celebration for the troupe from Brno. Similarly, Adam Galas was very happy to finish in second place in the GT4 class in front of Austrian Werner Gröbl. The Czech success was completed by Josef Koller, who finished overall second and won the Elite class in front of “BOB BAU” and Ernst Kirchmayr. Unlike Georg Silbermayr, the Upper Austrian had been able to rescue his car after it was damaged in the first corner crash and managed to bring it to the finish line. The battle in the Rookies Challenge was equally spectacular and produced some high-quality driving even though one driver was able to get away at the front. Marcel Marchewicz was the clear winner and picked up an exciting sixth place in the overall standings. This result, following his podium places in Mugello, was a definite sign that the “SuperRacer" intends to have something to say regarding the overall victory. Things were tight among the drivers behind him, and in the end, it was the Austrian Jan Rihs, a convert from kart racing, who took second place, while his countryman, Mathias Pelzmann, was in third. Rally ace Kris Rosenberger won the duel against colleague Gerwald Grössing to finish fourth. Place five went to German colleague Patrick Sing ahead of Grössing and the two German drivers Tassilo von Bayern and León Wassertheurer. The latter was one of the unlucky ones from the earlier incident. He had shown great speed to secure third place in the Rookies category in Qualifying but was thrown out of contention in the first corner confusion. The situation was similar for the Germans Daniel Haffa and Niclas Stumpp, who were both quick in qualifying but lost a lot of time right at the start.
Elite class driver Josef Koller also started the second race from the first row on the grid to secure pole position in front of Jan Krabec, winner of the first race. Adam Galas was also out in front with them after finishing third in qualifying ahead of Georg Silbermayr. Everyone got away well at the start of the second race, and the field got through the first lap without any problems. Jan Krabec put in a fantastic start and immediately got away at the front, while Josef Koller completely missed his start and lost a few places. Krabec had no real challengers for the win, and the Czech driver went on to celebrate his double victory at home. Second place, and the win in the Elite class, went to Georg Silbermayr, event organizer and driver. Adam Galas was also extremely strong in the second race to finish third (P2 in the GT4). In fifth place and third in the GT4 was Sergej Pavlovec to put another RTR Projects driver on the podium. Josef Koller and “BOB BAU” completed the Elite podium. Somewhat surprisingly, Jan Rihs had snatched the pole from Marcel Marchewicz at the last moment in qualifying for the “Rookies”. Daniel Haffa underlined his strong training performance to finish third on the grid. The race again turned out to be exciting and was wide open right up until the finish line. In the end, Jan Rihs finished with a tenth of a second advantage, allowing the young karting driver to celebrate his first victory ahead of Marcel Marchewicz. Kris Rosenberger finished third to be on the podium for the first time. The tightest competition of the day was the fight for fourth place, rescued by Mathias Pelzmann who crossed the finish line ten-thousandths of a second in front of Felix Haffa. He was followed by Gerwald Grössing, León Wassertheurer, Patrick Sing, Niclas Stumpp, and Tassilo von Bayern to complete the top ten Rookies.
It was also a perfect home triumph for RTR Projects with a win by the pairing Sergej Pavlovec/Jan Krabec in front of Önder Erdem and the duo Georg Silbermayr/Uwe Schmidt.
This year ORF Sport Plus are broadcasting a summary of the X-BOW BATTLE races. The races in Brno will be screened on Sunday, May 18 at 22:45 (CET), with several repeat broadcasts (times TBA).
All races can also be seen Re-Live on the X-BOW BATTLE YouTube page, at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/user/KTMXBOWBATTLE
The X-BOW BATTLE 2019:
28.-29.03.2019: Mugello, Creventic 24HSeries
17.04.2019: Red Bull Ring, Official Training Day
26.-27.04.2019: Brno, Histo-Cup
23.-25.05.2019: Red Bull Ring, DMV GTC & BossGP
14.-15.06.2019: Nürburgring, DMV GTC
06.-08.09.2019: Hungaroring, Blancpain Sprint Series
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