First place in 2l Hotrods final gives Sander van der Heijden the day’s win
Sander van der Heijden won the final of the 2l Hotrods at Raceway Venray just ahead of Niklas Klaka and thus secured the day’s victory
0.275 seconds ultimately decided victory and defeat in the 2l Hotrods at Raceway Venray on Easter Monday. It was Sander van der Heijden who prevailed over Niklas Klaka after an incredibly intense final race and thus secured the day’s victory. In the heats, van der Heijden had finished in the top-3 both times before, but let’s take it one step at a time …
The first heat of the day was won by Luc Ottenheijm in the red #92 car. The Dutchman benefited from his good starting position and clearly left the competition behind him. In the first race, he ultimately had a 1.2 second lead over van der Heijden, who had moved up to second place. Tom Weyers completed the podium behind him, while Jeroen Laurijssen and Klaka rounded off the top-5.
In the second race, the picture was the same: Ottenheijm drove away at the front and recorded his second victory in a row. Frank Nöhring finished second behind him with a 1.3 seconds gap, while van der Heijden collected another solid result in third place. Klaka was fourth ahead of Martijn Vowinkel, while 2l Hotrods champion Marius Bert finished sixth.
The final saw a showdown between van der Heijden and Klaka, who fought an intense duel for first place for several laps. After 20 laps, van der Heijden decided the race in his favor by just 0.275 seconds, while Klaka had to settle for second place. Nöhring completed the podium, with Tim Klose and Manfred Baer rounding out the top-5.
In the day’s standings, van der Heijden collected a total of 57 points, which was enough for first place. Klaka and Nöhring shared second place with 52 points each. Ottenheijm was fourth with his two race wins and Weyers impressed with his consistency to complete the top-5 at Raceway Venray.