Erik Roeffen dominates the National Hotrods finals at Raceway Venray

Erik Roeffen dominates the National Hotrods finals at Raceway Venray
Michael Großgarten /

Three races, three wins: Erik Roeffen dominated the National Hotrods races at Raceway Venray – Reimon Bos won the NHRRG Cup

Raceway Venray hosted the finale of the 2021 season last Sunday. The races on the Autospeedway oval north of Venlo was also the conclusion of the 2021 NHRRG Cup. While Erik Roeffen dominated all heats and the final run, Reimon Bos secured victory in the cross-track championship.

In the first heat of the day, Roeffen quickly moved to the front of the field and drove away from his competitors. As a reminder, the Dutchman lost an arm in a work accident and competes in the class with a special steering wheel. Roeffen finished more than five seconds ahead of Tonnie Hendriks and Hotrods veteran John van den Bosch. Tim Dreschel and Bos completed the top 5 behind them.

Roeffen showed his skills in the second race as well. In his BMW Z4, he crossed the finish line after 20 laps 3.350 seconds ahead of Christian Simon in his Volkswagen Corrado. Before, he had tremendous battle with Hendriks who hat to retire before the checkered flag. Johan Sanders completed the podium ahead of Bos and Lars Dreschel, who had already retired on the warm-up lap with a technical defect in the first race.

The finale was virtually unsurpassable in terms of excitement. Roeffen took the lead late in the race after a battle with Hendriks but then Lars Dreschel managed to attack for the lead in the last five laps. The attacks were unsuccessful, so Roeffen took his third win 0.274 seconds ahead of Dreschel from Germany. Bos was third, 0.731 seconds behind, while van den Bosch and Pieter van Logten rounded out the top 5.

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In the day’s standings, Roeffen clearly beat the competition. The Dutchman collected a total of 55 points and was well ahead of Bos in second place, who was ten points off the leader. Van den Bosch finished third ahead of Tim Dreschel and Jeroen Kurvers. There was no track championship in Venray in 2021, so only the NHRRG Cup was decided.

Bos prevailed against his strong competition in the championship in Venray, Lelystad, Ter Apel and Posterholt. The Hotrods veteran collected 325 points in six events. Van den Bosch finished 57 points behind in second place, while Sanders completed the podium. Rounding out the top 5 were Kurvers and Simon. With this, the National Hotrods go into a well-deserved winter break before the 2022 season starts.

André Wiegold