Northern Talent Cup:
second round at Oschersleben
Jakub Gurecky (JRT Brno Circuit) hammered home his wet weather mastery once again at Oschersleben, the Czech rider disappearing in Race 1 for another stunner of a victory out front in difficult conditions. Teammate Jonas Kocourek came home second in a JRT Brno Circuit 1-2, with Swiss rookie Lennoxx Phommara (Phommara Team) impressing in the wet once again to take his first Northern Talent Cup podium in third.
From the start it was Gurecky in charge as he took the holeshot, with Lorenz Luciano (Junior Black Knights Team) initially able to go with him… but not for long. The number 81 had an early excursion on Lap 1 and, although he was able to re-join, that left Gurecky ahead of the game and Kocourek in second.
Initially, Jacopo Hosciuc (Hos Racing Team), Tibor Varga (Forty Racing Team) and polesitter Rossi Moor (FAIRIUM Next Generation Riders Team) were on the chase, although the number 81 of Luciano didn’t lose too much time slicing back through into a podium place. From there he set about reeling in Kocourek as Phommara set about making his way through the pack. By Lap 11, the number 81 of Luciano was back past Kocourek and Phommara had leapfrogged the rest to get in the fight for fourth, but more drama was to come. In the last couple of laps disaster struck for Luciano once again. Heading off track for the second time, the Belgian rider shuffled way back down the order upon re-joining, with Kocourek able to take back second and secure himself a safer gap behind himself to boot. Phommara, meanwhile, had continued his charge and swept back round the outside of Hosciuc to lead the fight for the podium on the penultimate lap as well. Conditions remained tricky, and Jordan Bartucca (Allesauto Racing) found that out as he then suddenly slid off in the background, leaving Phommara vs Hosciuc as the battle for third. As Gurecky crossed the line nearly 18 seconds clear to complete his masterclass and Kocourek took second place though, there was even more drama behind the two Czech riders: Hosciuc was down, leaving Phommara unthreatened round the rest of the last lap to take an impressive third place.
Fourth went to Bartucca despite his brief spill, the Swiss rider with enough time to slot back in and just beat polesitter Moor by a few tenths. Nevertheless, the Hungarian rookie and pacesetter in the dry will likely be satisfied by completing the top five and taking his first big haul of points this year.
Varga took sixth ahead of a good race for Martin Vincze (Chrobák Motorsport Egyesület), with Kas Beekmans (Team KNMV) a little further back in P8. Stepan Zuda (Motoracing23 Klub V ACR) took ninth, with Luciano able to salvage tenth place and some valuable points despite two run offs in the first race of the day.
Jakub Gurecky (JRT Brno Circuit) completed the double at Oschersleben as the weather stayed wet on Sunday afternoon, the Czech rider needing no excuse to once again flex his prowess in difficult conditions. This time around his closest challenger in the standings, Lorenz Luciano (Junior Black Knights Team), had a less adventurous race to come home second, with Jonas Kocourek in third to make it both JRT Brno Circuit riders on the podium in both races and that despite a tumble for the number 56.
Gurecky got away in the lead for the holeshot once again, but unlike Race 1 Luciano was able to stay with him on take two. Kocourek had good speed once again to slot into third, with Jacopo Hosciuc (Hos Racing Team) on the chase as he fought to bounce back from late disaster on Sunday morning. He had Rossi Moor (FAIRIUM Next Generation Riders Team) and Kas Beekmans (Team KNMV) for company not long after, and behind Lennoxx Phommara (Phommara Team) was a man on the move once again as the Race 1 podium finisher started gaining ground. By Lap 7, he was up into fourth.
Meanwhile at the front, Gurecky was starting to stretch his legs as Luciano moved back into the clutches of Kocourek. On Lap 10 the Czech rider arrived and struck to take over in second, the fastest man on track before disaster suddenly struck. He slid off, Luciano cruised past through and the number 56 scrambled to slot back into the podium places. He did, re-joining in third but with Phommara then much closer.
Ultimately, however, it would remain the same top three to the line. Gurecky completed the double with an even bigger gap – this time over 20 seconds – with Luciano finding some redemption and crossing the line second to take 20 valuable points. Kocourek was able to keep third, managing to pull away out of the clutches of another incredibly impressive performance from Phommara.
In turn, the Swiss rookie just held off Moor as the Hungarian completed the top five, with Beekmans taking sixth after losing tabs on the two ahead in the latter stages. Likewise Hosciuc, who was forced to settle for seventh but took some good points after a late crash in Race 1.
Damian Boessenkool (Team KNMV) took eighth, with Niklas Kitzbichler (Racing-Team-Kitzbichler) fending off Noel Willemson (PrüstelGP Junior Team), Martin Vincze (Chrobák Motorsport Egyesület) and Tibor Varga (Forty Racing Team) for ninth. The battle between the four was covered by less than two and a half tenths.