Cammaerts back on the podium
At the start of the summer season, the series headed from Europe over to Asia for Round 8 at Twin Ring Motegi. This circuit is well known for it's smooth asphalt surface and unique design elements like 90 degree corner. The wide nature of the circuit also provides a number of opportunities to battle side-by-side.
Following his win at Brands Hatch in May, Bobby Zalenski was looking for his second win of the 2019 season, however, practice proved to be a struggle sitting one and a half seconds behind Sven Cammaerts pace, sitting third fastest at the start of qualifying. Zalenski was able to close the gap in qualifying surpassing Dallas Pataska to start front row beside Cammaerts.
As the green flag flew, Zalenski and Cammaerts traverse the first 4 corners door-to-door as they battled for the lead. Coming out of turn 4, Zalenski gets a run on Cammerts taking the lead. However, the lead was short-lived as Cammaerts makes contact with Zalenski in turn 5, sending Zalenski wide and off-throttle giving the Belgian a run out of the corner while allowing his teammate Tom O’Leary to sneak up the inside of Zalenski. By the time the leaders clear the sixth corner, Zalenski would fall back to third until passing O’Leary back on
the following lap.
The leaders may have gone single file quickly, but the mid-pack had an intense battle between James King, Andrew Caron, and Martin Kapal for fifth place! The three trucks would keep swaping positions until Lap 10 when Caron enters turn 5 too fast drifting sideways and into King bringing out the only full course caution of the race. This turn of events would bring the leaders back together for the second half of the race.
When the race went back to green on lap 13, Zalenski would dive to the inside to block O’Leary who had quite the launch on the restart! This slowed down the #83 VRS Tundra into the first complex of corners, but Zalenski would make a charge to dive into the inside of turn 3! The two would make contact on the exit of Turn 4, and drag race to turn 5. This time Cammaerts would have the momentum to hold the lead. O’Leary would make a play for second in turn 5, but was unable to generate the
momentum off the corner to complete
the pass on Zalenski.
The quartet of lead trucks (Cammaerts, Zalenski, O’Leary and Pataska) would hold position all the way to the checkered. Kapal would finish ahead of his rivals King and Caron, but it was David Williams who charged from 12th to capture 5th place as the Hard Charger of Round 7.
Unfortunately due to a variety of unforeseen events for many of the drivers, causing them to be absent, Round 8 was cancelled. This reduced the season maximum points down to 900, and with both drop rounds applied to points total, it reduced the championship totals for many drivers as we head toward the final four rounds of the 2019 season! The scores from these rounds cannot be dropped so a mistake from this point on can be costly. Join us for the RaceSpot coverage of the first