The end of round two would mark the halfway point in the X30 Euro Series season and although there was a slight dip in entries in the Junior class, the racing certainly topped what we saw at Genk in all three classes and there were more than a couple of surprise results.
Angus Moulsdale takes win in Juniors
Georgi Dimitrov was one of a few new names to the entry list for Salbris and surprised a few with his win in the Pre-Final. Predominantly racing in the Mini class back in the UK, on his X30 Euro Series debut he was able to fend off Moulsdale, in his second season, to take victory. That was largely down to the fact comfortable race winner, Christopher Lulham, had been given a five second penalty for a bad manoeuvre on Moulsdale, for the lead earlier in the race, dropping him to 5th.
Alex Walker, was driving a sterling race and was challenging for the lead after the Lulham move, but was driven into by Isaack Hadjar which saw his race effectively over as he immediately pitted with exhaust damage. Hadjar had no such problems and went on to finish 4th, but a penalty dropped him to 14th. Two drivers benefiting from all the chaos were Josh Dufek and Evan Spenle who would form row two for the final.
In the final it was Dimitrov who led from the start, but behind Lulham was slowly creeping up the order. As was Shihab Al Habsi, on his X30 Euro Series debut, and he slowly started to become the surprise package of the race! Al Habsi hit the front as Dimitrov went backwards and in trying to fight for the lead Al Habsi allowed a queue of karts to close in which contained reigning champion Lulham.
After a frantic few laps it was four for the lead with Lulham, Spenle, Moulsdale and Al Habsi in that order. At this point you thought Lulham would clear off and win, but he was passed by both Moulsdale and Spenle who led with three laps to go. Moulsdale then took the lead and Lulham took 2nd and it was going onto the penultimate lap where the race was won. An attempted move for the lead by Lulham at turn one didn’t quite come off and Moulsdale was able to get a gap which was enough to win the race! Lulham finished 2nd and a five second penalty for Spenle meant Al Habsi finished 3rd on his debut!
Mark Kimber starts championship recovery with win
Mark Kimber had finished 2nd at round one of X30 Euro series before being disqualified post-race for a technical non-conformity. So a win at the very least was needed it Salbris and that is exactly what the Strawberry Racing driver was able to do! Mark had a very good Saturday and went off pole for the Pre-Final but seemed to struggle for pace and finished 5th.
Winning that Pre-Final was Jordan Brown-Nutley, who up until that point, was unbeaten in finals in the series. He beat Oliver Clarke to the flag, who was the driver of the weekend. Clarke had to start all three of his heats from last place and made 44 places in the three races to qualify 5th for the Pre-Final before finishing 2nd, with Brett Ward 3rd.
In the final Kimber had a pretty average start, he was in 4th under serious pressure from Joey van Splunteren and several more. But once he had shaken those off he was able to close the gap to the three leaders and it didn’t take him long to pass Clarke and Ward. From there he dragged the trio up to race leader Brown-Nutley as we hit the halfway stage.
A few laps later and Kimber was leading and once there he was able to pull away and take a comfortable race win. Likewise, Clarke was all on his own in 2nd and van Splunteren eventually ended up on his own in 3rd. Why? With Ward appearing to have problems he defended heavily which closed the whole field leaving Brown-Nutley frustrated. He managed to get through on the last lap to keep his championship lead.
Laurens van Hoepen wins Mini class
Laurens van Hoepen won in the X30 Mini class beating Maximus Meyer by just 0.3 seconds. Finishing 3rd place and setting the fastest lap was the American Diego LaRoque
Written by Chris McCarthy
Images courtesy Eduard Cortana