Northern Talent Cup: Phommara and Moor win in Oschersleben
After Le Mans challenge, the second round of the Northern Talent Cup was raced at Oschersleben, Germany.
Lennox Phommara (Phommara Team) has shown his wet weather prowess before in the Northern Talent Cup, and the Swiss rider did it again in a wet Race 1 at Oschersleben. Making his way to the lead and then pulling a gap, the number 48 held off a late race charge from Kilian Holzer (HK Racing) to take his first win. Behind what became a duel for victory, Rossi Moor (FAIRIUM Next Generation Riders Team) completed the podium. After a Red Flag, some false starts and a restart – that then didn’t feature Le Mans winner Kevin Farkas (Agria Racing Team) or Noa Cuypers (Junior Black Knights) – it was Tibor Varga (Forty Racing) who shot into the lead and pulled a huge gap. However, he then crashed out to begin a race of attrition in tricky conditions at Oschersleben. It became a group of five leading the way with a big gap for much of the race, but as the laps ticked down, Phommara pushed on. Heading onto the final lap the Swiss rider had a second and a half in hand and despite a late charge from Holzer, who cut a second out of the lead, Phommara kept it calm and collected to the line for his first NTC win. Holzer was forced to settle for second but that’s his first podium, with Moor fading late on but still taking that all-important podium. Dustin Schneider (Goblin Racing) had a lonelier finish in fourth, ahead of a close battle for fifth won by Loris Veneman (TeamNL Open Line). Rocco Sessler (MCA Racing) and Martin Vincze (Chrobák Motorsport Egyesület) were close on his tail. Julius Coenen (HJRT – Helena und Julius Racing Team) took P8, with a three-way fight between Jurrien van Crugten (BB64 Academy), David Sidorov (SP – Moto Junior Team Ukraine) and Rio Olofsen (TeamNL Open Line) deciding ninth to 11th in that order.
Rossi Moor (FAIRIUM Next Generation Riders Team) struck on the last lap for his second win of the season, passing teammate Matteo Masili and able to keep the door shut to the line. Dustin Schneider (Goblin Racing), who was fastest in testing at the venue, completed the podium as the top three escaped for a rostrum-deciding showdown. Off the line it was Moor who got the holeshot and the Hungarian soon escaped from the pack, with Masili and Schneider for company. There was drama early on though as Noa Cuypers (Junior Black Knights) crashed out leaving Tibor Varga (Forty Racing) nowhere to go, and a few more riders evading or tumbling out. But all ok, and Loris Veneman (TeamNL Open Line) facing a fight back to the front. Once that dust had settled, Race 1 winner Lennoxx Phommara (Phommara Team) was holding fourth in some space just off the front three, ahead of a big group fight for the last place in the top five. But then the Swiss rider slid out, leaving one three-way fight for the win. And, as ever, it went down to the final lap. Masili started that final lap in the lead and the Italian held firm until the end of the back straight, where Moor made his move. The Hungarian made it stick too, and there was no way back for his teammate as the number 92 took win number two of his season. Masili impressed with the podium finish in second, however, as did home rider Schneider as he took third and his first rostrum too. Jurrien van Crugten (BB64 Academy) won the fight for fourth ahead of Le Mans winner Kevin Farkas (Agria Racing Team), with Rocco Sessler (MCA Racing) just thousandths further back. Martin Vincze ((Chrobák Motorsport Egyesület), Luca Göttlicher (JRP Junior Academy Team), Maxime Schmid (Team Schmid), Julius Coenen (HJRT – Helena und Julius Racing Team) and Kilian Holzer (HK Racing) locked out a super tight group down to 11th, with Veneman taking P12.