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GERMAN GRAND PRIX
Nuerburgring. 25 July 2017
June 16, 2017

 

The GPVWC Superleague produced an incredible show in a nail-biting British Grand Prix at Silverstone, with Nordsjoen's Florian Geier ultimately winning ahead of Rudy van Buren.
Lee Morris of MadCape was the star of qualifying, setting a time more than two tenths faster than Gergo Baldi. It was the Hungarian, however, who started in pole position after Morris was demoted five places to P6 on the grid. Geier shared the front row with the Wauters drivers, with Championship leader van Buren, who qualified on SuperSoft tyres, behind them. Jarl Teien, on his return to the Superleague, completed the first two rows.

In a high-attrition race that saw just 13 classified finishers, the race shaped up to be a tactical battle between Geier and van Buren. The Dutchman had a slight pace advantage, but the German responded with a masterpiece in tyre management that saw him eke out enough life out of the rubber to guarantee two fewer stops than his rival.

Lee Morris, who spun out after contact in the opening stages, was on a charge and viewers were entertained by battles up and down the field. There were moments of pure class, such as Baldi's move around the outside on Bart De Vos and David Fidock's similar heroics on Risto Kappet. In the end, however, the race came down to a bold gamble.

With just 10 laps to go, van Buren pitted for Soft tyres and set out to close a seven-second gap to Geier. The championship leader's pace was impressive but he could only claw his way to within a second of the Nordsjoen in front, Geier having conserved his tyres enough to respond to each and every attack to the chequered flag. The German celebrated with team-mate Fidock, who finished third to set up Nordsjoen's first double podium of the season.

Despite seeing his four-race winning streak coming to an end, van Buren extends his championship lead over Morris, who finished in P6, and team-mate Kappet (P4). There was heartbreak for Baldi as electronic glitches deprived him of a strong finish that would have cemented his second place in the championship.

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