19
Apr
2016

Double victory at season opener

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Photo: Christian Lindner

Fredrik Lestrup started his championship defending season on a high, with a double victory at the season opener in Oschersleben. Together with the Dombek Motorsport and the same MINI Lestrup won the 2015 DTC championship in, the team were aiming to repeat the success of last year.

An electrical problem discovered after Friday’s free practice, had the team decide to sacrifice qualifying to spend more time trying to get the car in working condition before race 1. After an extensive search into the failure and repair work done to a damaged wiring harness, the car was ready to go.

Rule infringements on other teams and missing qualifying placed Lestrup 9th on the grid for race 1, and what a race it was!

After a strong start Fredrik climbed quickly through the field and began his chase of lead driver Hammel, getting closer within the last 15 minutes.  After an exciting two lap battle, Fredrik finally managed to overtake Hammel and claim his first victory and championship lead after race one.

With dry track conditions, Lestrup claimed his first pole position of the year in Sunday’s qualifying in the lead up to his exciting showdown with Hammel in race 2.

A poor start to race two left Fredrik fighting back from third place behind Hammel in the Ford and Rambow in the Kia. By lap 3 Lestrup had overtaken Rambow and was working hard to catch Hammel, who had built up a healthy lead.

With only 8 minutes left and with help from a Safety Car period, Fredrik closed the gap between himself and Hammel and began the 4 lap fight for first place. After several attempts Lestrup finally managed to overtake Hammel through corner two, to take the lead and dominate the race weekend with a double victory.

Fredrik Lestrup now leads the overall standings and the hunt for the championship is on!

Next race is in two weeks at Sachsenring, a track where Fredrik last year secured the title with a double victory over the weekend.

Videos from the Oschersleben weekend
Race one tv-broadcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBOT_URnCzM
Race two tv-broadcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggEYwngLZDA
Race two onboard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eubMTcji91Q

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