The Warmup Race in Bischofsheim was the season opener for the outdoor races in Germany, and also the biggest race in the year there; The track is just awesome and the weather was brilliant again, like in the last couple of years!
In Truggy, this was my first time ever with the DNX408T on the track and it felt good from the beginning. It took a little while to get used to the big car – as this is my only race in the year where I race truggy. I qualified 2nd, but from the semi final I found my pace and would win the semi quite easy.
The main final I had under control for most of the time, although it was a really hard battle in the end. I took the win in front of Carsten Keller and Tim Bremicker.
Electric 1/8th Buggy saw a dominance of the Team Durango DEX408; Jörn and I went on to win every qualifier and every single main – so we finished 1st and 2nd;
Nitro Buggy was the class where I struggled a little bit from the beginning – the car was good, I just never found my rhythm. Jörn was very fast already in qualifying and ended up 2nd behind Daniel Reckward; I only qualified 12th after some terrible runs; Jörn won easily his semi, which put him 1st on the grid for the main final. My semi was also better than qualifying and I ran 2nd for a long time and finished 3rd, which put me 6th on the grid. In the final jörn was much quicker then everybody else, although he had to refuel more often then everybody else. Jörn had quite a big lead but an electrical failure forced him to retire.My final was terrible – after the 3rd electric main and truggy main everything in a row – I was not able to run my car properly and only finished 9th. Without the electrical problems in nitro buggy for Jörn, Team Durango would have won all 3 classes…. Next time!