Belgian John Rasse extended his Lotus Cup Europe championship lead when the FIA International Series visited Germany’s famous Nürburgring circuit last weekend (30 September-1 October). The Eifel Mountains venue hosted the penultimate rounds of the 2017 season. Mastering atrociously-wet conditions in qualifying to take pole position, Rasse won both races on the former German Grand Prix venue.
In the first, held in gloriously-sunny weather, he defeated fellow front-row starter, Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Loup. In the later encounter close rival Xavier Georges, also from France, was unable to get the better of the 2015 champion. Loup finished third in the second race after a close fight with Briton Steve Williams, whilst earlier, reigning champion Tamas Vizin from Hungary completed the podium after Georges spun in the early laps.
Title challenger Christophe Lisandre won the 2-Eleven class in the first of the weekend’s races, but a pitstop to remedy a mechanical issue delayed the Frenchman’s progress. Compatriot Christopher Laroche took the category victory, whilst Lisandre finished last of all the runners, compromising his championship chances.
In the Open class, Swiss racer Sharon Scolari claimed a brace of victories, avenging for her defeat last time out at Zolder. Rival David Harvey finished behind fellow Briton Dave Carr in the first race, before grabbing second place in the later encounter. Also claiming a double class victory was Britain’s Jason McInulty. He took a clear win in the first race, with compatriot James Knight getting between him and Production class title rival Sven Pettersson, but the Swede made McInulty work for his honours later on.
The Lotus Cup Europe title goes down to the wire at France’s famous Le Mans venue on 28-29 October, with the Bugatti circuit holding the final rounds.
V6 Cup: John Rasse (BEL)
2-Eleven: Christophe Lisandre (FRA) & Christopher Laroche (FRA)
Open: Sharon Scolari (CHE)
Production: Jason McInulty (GBR)
Words by Kevin Ritson, LoTRDC Press Officer