First Venray Double Header 2022: These are the winners of the June weekend
Five classes competed in the first double-header of the 2022 season at Raceway Venray – Fans saw exciting races in all series
Raceway Venray hosted the first double-header of the 2022 season on June 25 and 26, featuring the V8 Oval Series on the half-mile and the Autospeedway classes Stockcar F1, Stockcar F2, F2 Juniors and Saloon Stockcars on the small oval. In addition, there were demo runs of the F1-Heritage, in which classic Stockcar F1 cars from many different decades were on track.
A total of 38 races were run over two days, so there was not a second for officials, drivers, teams or spectators to catch their breath. In addition, the race weekend hosted the first Saloon Stockcar Worldcup, which we have already covered separately here on ‘Leadlap.net’. But also the supporting program had it all on this late June weekend.
V8 Oval Series: Joep is back!
Joep Hendriks already climbed into the #88 car for one race on Whit Monday, but in June the team boss of Hendriks Motorsport was back at the wheel of a Late Model for all races. The Dutchman climbed into Jos Kuypers’ #3 car and impressed straight away, winning the first heat and the final on Saturday and securing the day’s victory with another second place in the second heat.
Barry Maessen won the second race on Saturday, but only made it to third place in the day’s standings behind Frank Wouters. The latter impressed with his consistency and finished on the podium in two races. Maessen was rated ahead of Colin White and Jeffrey Hagemans, who rounded off the top 5. Hans-Jürgen Hummen took sixth overall with a strong fifth place in the second race. He was thus the best German on Saturday.
On Sunday, Ralph Verberkt, who had missed two races on Saturday, took first place in the day’s standings. The Dutchman won one race and collected the most points with his consistency. In the second race, there was a real photo finish, which Verberkt won by just 0.039 seconds. Maessen took second overall by winning the final. Hendriks finished third ahead of Wouters, who won the first heat. The top-5 was completed by Jeroen van Eerd ahead of Philipp Bachor, who was the best German on Sunday.
Stockcar F1: Jordan Falding the measure of all things
In Stockcar F1, Jordan Falding had the scepter in his hands. The driver of car number 36 wrote his name at the top of the daily standings on both race days. He won five of the eight races on Saturday as well as Sunday and impressed with a strong performance against 26 competitors in the class.
Current champion Luke Davidson finished second on both days. The Briton, who is allowed to wear the silver roof in the Netherlands, did not win a single race, but his continuity shone through. While Patrick Kleijsen completed the top-3 on Saturday, Wim Peeters completed the Stockcar F1 podium on Sunday.
Stockcar F2: 35 cars at the start
With 35 participants, Stockcar F2 was once again the fullest class on the approximately 400-meter long Autospeedway oval in Venray. On Saturday, Nick Coenen led the day’s standings with a race win. Sebastiaan Vowinkel, who did not win a race, followed in second place ahead of Kay Lenssen and Peeters, who once again reeled off a double program.
With two wins, Peeters moved to the top of the day’s standings on Sunday. The Dutchman and current champion won two races to collect the most points. Justin Albrecht finished second ahead of Lenssen, while Nigel Stegmeijer and Jan Dam van Aart completed the top-5.
F2 Juniors: Two Nicos on the podium twice
The youngsters of stockcar racing let it rip once again in the F2 Juniors. On Sunday, Rik Maessen topped the day’s standings with his first win in the third heat. Nico Klumpen, who won the final, was second, while Nico Storb, who had won the first two heats, was third.
On Sunday, Joelan Maynard made it to the top of the day’s standings. The final win was enough to secure first place. Behind them were the two Nicos once again, with Klumpen racing to first in the third race to secure second place again. Storb once again finished third in the day’s standings with a race win. The Gelsenkirchen native thus rounded off a solid race weekend.