Ulrike Krafft claims Super 1600 pole
Nikolay Karamyshev (TC2T), Norbert Kiss (TC2), Ulrike Krafft (S1600) and Dmitry Bragin (SMT) set pole positions in the ETCC qualifying at Le Castellet.
After setting the fastest laps in Friday testing and Saturday free practice, the two Chevrolet Cruze cars run by Campos Racing topped again the overall classification with Karamyshev, who improved significantly from 1:35.022 to 1:33.964, inflicting a one-second gap to his team-mate Igor Skuz. BMW drivers Franz Engstler and Mat’o Homola were classified in third and fourth of TC2T class respectively.
Kiss placed his Team Unicorse Alfa Romeo 156 in fifth overall and on top of the TC2 class with a lap of 1:36.670, beating the BMW cars of the Krenek Motorsport duo of Petr Fulín and Michal Matĕjovský.
In the Single Make Trophy, SMP Racing’s Bragin pipped Andreas Pfister with a last lap of 1:37.956 that was also good enough for the eighth position overall; Pfister remained second, while young Finn Aku Pellinen took third.
In the Super 1600 class the best lap time was set by Ulrike Krafft (pictured) in her Ravenol Team Ford Fiesta; the German girl literally outclassed her competitors, leaving her team-mates Christian Kranenberg and Patrick Wolf nearly two seconds behind. 2013 runner up Gilles Bruckner was forced out of the meeting following an engine failure that hit his Fiesta car during Friday’s testing.