Our third race weekend with RYS Team Holinger at the Slovakiaring
Our last race weekend was packed with happiness, drama and politic!
The weekend started on Friday with two free practice sessions which went well. Our driver Samuel Sladecka, who had his home race there, knows the track really well and also tested there two weeks before the race. He used his practice time to further improve his ideal line. Emil Westman, our other driver, hadn’t driven on this track before, so he used his time to familiarize himself with the track.
On the next day the qualifyings took place in the morning. The first one was done by Emil and after a really fast lap, which was cancelled because of a FCY, he was able to set another really good one which put him on P4. Because of a 10 place grid penalty from the last race in Spielberg we should start from P14 in race 1. The second qualifying went even better! Samuel did an excellent job and set the fastest lap time on his home track and we got pole position!
But our joy didn’t last long. After a check of all KTMs by the officials from the SRO they disqualified all of them from the qualifyings because of a too high camber. We could proof that their measurement was wrong but disqualification persisted. So all of our cars had to start from the back of the grid in race 1 and 2 and because of our grid penalty we started the first race from the last position. You can read more about our problems in an article from Reiter Engineering (Link: http://www.reiter-engineering.com/en/news/company/196-ktm-victory-after-controvercy-at-slovakiaring.html).
Emil did a good first stint in the first race, came to the pit on P19 and handed over the car to Samuel. After 3 laps he had a contact with one of the Maserati and had to retire the car because of a damaged radiator. Our hard-working mechanics did a great job and could repair the car for the race on the next day.
On Sunday our car was ready to go. We started the race from P23 in front of the other KTMs and Samuel could improve his position to P18 before he came in to do the driver change. During this, we recognised that our car had a leakage and lost coolant. Our mechanics repaired it and Emil went out to get some lap times for the RYS Drivers Cup. But in his second lap the problem came back and he had to stop the car on the track.
All in all it was a very difficult race weekend. Nevertheless, we have seen that our engineers were able to provide the drivers a good car and Emil and Samuel did good jobs in transferring the car’s potential into fast lap times. Therefore we are looking forward to our next race weekend in Zandvoort on 18th-20th August and hope that we will have more luck there.