Zalenski takes his 10th Career win at Nurburgring GP
The month of May began the European invasion of V8 SuperTrucks as the series headed to the famous Nurburgring GP Circuit. Bobby Zalenski was a bit nervous going into Round 5 since last year Sven Cammaerts almost took the win due to pit strategy in 2017. Although Zalenski would start on Pole for the fifth time this season he could feel the pressure build before the green flag dropped.
The start of the race was quite physical between competitors. Starting off with an impressive 4-wide going into to Turn 1. The first causality of the race would occur just one lap later when Diogo Melro (#84) would get turned by David Barraclough (#555).
The battles would continue as Djawad Karoni (#13) and Dan Roeper (#61) would trade paint for the first half of Lap 4. The two drivers started to trade paint in Turn 3 when Karoni nudged Roeper wide, then Roeper would run wide in Turn 4, pushing Karoni off the racing surface picking up a post-race contact penalty as they would exit the Mercedes Arena. Karoni would make contact one final time in the Ford Kurve before backing off to look for a better opening to save his tires. On the start of lap 5, Roeper would run wide at Yokohama giving Karoni the easy pass for 6th.
As the field started to reach the halfway point drivers started to come in for their mandatory pit-stops. Marco Mogren, who was running in 2nd about 3 seconds behind Zalenski, would come in on Lap 10, followed by Zalenski on Lap 11. All eyes were on the pit exit as Zalenski would make one of the fastest stops of the day and keep ahead of Mogren. However, Mogren was able to cut the gap in half as he would be just a mere 1.4 seconds behind the leader on Lap 12.
As the race came to a close, Zalenski would be able to hang onto 1st with nearly a four-second lead over Mogren, with Cammaerts holding 3rd. However, there was quite the mid-pack battle between Roeper and Gabriel Roos (#323). Roos was in the hunt for a good result and looking to improve from his starting position and turned up the pressure on Roeper. The game of cat and mouse would end with Roeper holding off Roos until the very end despite being on older tires.
The battles for the championship continue throughout the top 10, and expect them to intensify as the series returns to Brands Hatch this coming weekend on June 9th just in time for American SpeedFest! So if you’re close to the physical circuit be sure to check out the weekend’s activities then tune in at 2100 UTC for Round 6 right here at socksoutracing.com/live