Jos Kuypers, Barry Maessen and Ralph Verberkt grab race wins at Raceway Venray – Kuypers secures the victory in the day’s classification
On the second race day of the V8 Oval Series (V8OS) on 27th of September, wheel-to-wheel duels in three exciting championship races at Raceway Venray once again delighted the limited admitted spectators. Amidst autumnal but dry conditions, various winners in all three heats led to a tight battle for the day’s classification victory.
In the end, the Dutchman Jos Kuypers took the glory by a first, fourth and fifth place finish. Thanks to his consistency, he collected 205 points and finished first ahead of Barry Maessen (198 points) and the reigning V8OS champion Jentsen Adriaenssens (186 points). Philipp Bachor from Wattenscheid missed the podium by a very narrow margin in the daily standings with 185 points, closely followed by Dennis J. Sargent Jr. in fifth place with 184 points.
Thrilling duels in all three heats
In the first heat of the day, it was local hero Maessen who came out of the starting blocks best. The Dutchman could not be beaten on his home track at first and won the first heat ahead of Sargent Jr. and Jeroen van Eerd.
After Philipp Bachor had already, compared to the previous race, achieved a much improved result in the first heat with a fifth place, the 22-year-old fought a fierce battle for victory with Kuypers in the second heat. Despite taking most of the lead laps, Bachor had to admit defeat to Kuypers in the end after lap-long duels. With third place, Sargent Jr. once again made it to the podium and thus took the provisional lead in the daily standings.
In the third and final race of the day, the American dropped back to the end of the field shortly after the start of the race due to a spin, that cost him his chance of winning the day’s classification. He only finished in eleventh place. The final race was marked by a close and relentless battle between Ralph Verberkt and Maessen, which Verberkt finally decided in his favor. In third place, Adriaenssens achieved his best result of the day.
Mixed feelings for Bachor Racingteam
The Bachor Racing Team was on one hand delighted that, after extensive set-up work, the form of Philipp Bachor and his #21 car was clearly on the upswing again, with fourth place in the daily standings and a podium finish in the second heat.
“We already noticed during training that we were much closer to the top guys. And in the races, too, we kept on going forward, we really took a huge step after the last day of racing. The work at home was definitely worth it,” the race driver from Wattenscheid told ‘leadlap.net’.
New team mate Gil Linster, on the other hand, did not get the hoped-for improvements on the car after a solid first day of racing: “I have mixed feelings after today’s races. We have worked so hard on the car to improve it. But in the end, if you change five or six things on the car, it’s a bit of a casino gamble if you make the right changes. Unfortunately we were not rewarded,” said the Luxembourger.
The third race day of the V8 Oval Series 2020 is scheduled for 25th of October. However, this date, as well as the continued admission of a limited number of spectators, will be under scrutiny due to the recent increase of corona case numbers throughout Europe.