ESTONIAN MEIKUP TAKES GLORY IN PARNU DAY 3

July 2, 2017

Who would have thought, back on Friday, that we could see some racing under sunny skies this weekend ?? The temperatures rose up to 20 degrees celsius as the drivers headed out to Auto24ring for the final time.

QUALIFYING 2

Bent Viscaal, MP Motorsport

“At least Q2 went better than Q1 but I still feel that there was some time to gain. I think I can challenge the guys in front because I feel that I should have been on pole but I will do my best in the race”

Christian Lundgaard continued from where he left on Saturday and took his second pole position of the season with a time of 1:12.160. Bringing much joy to the home crowd was Jan-Erik Meikup who took P2 against all the odds, having lost on pole by little over a tenth of a second. Bent Viscaal would Race 3 from P3 after driving a great qualifying despite from Saturday’s accident.

Nikita Volegov and Alexander Smolyar were once again in top 5 ahead of Xavier Lloveras who lost out to his main rival by 0.469’. Juuso Puhakka improved on his Saturday’s qualifying by one place and would start the final race of the weekend in P7. After having troubles yesterday, Mike Belov found his mojo back and drove to a brilliant P8. Guillem Pujeu and Ivan Berets would start from P9 and P10 respectively.

RACE 3

Jan-Erik Meikup, ALM Motorsport

“It is so amazing to win a race on my home track. I had really intense battle against Viscaal and we even touched at one point but that is racing. This win gives me confidence but it will be difficult again in Moscow because I have never driven there”

Alexander Smolyar, SMP Racing

“The race was really good and to finish P3 on this track after starting from P6 is good achievement. I had a little incident with Volegov which was obviously unfortunate. I probably carried some damage from the contact but P3 was best I could do”

Mike Belov, SMP Racing

“I had difficult race and the start was really dangerous because Lungaard stalled his car and few drivers hit him. This circuit is not easy for overtaking. P5 is still decent after very tough Saturday when I didn’t finish in either of the two races”

Race 3 was perhaps the most dramatic race of the season so far. It all began at the start when Lundgaard stalled his car and neither Juuso Puhakka nor Milen Ponomarenko could avoid his car. The race was red flagged immediately after the crash.

At the restart, unfortunate Sami-Matti Trogen got a technical issue which forced him to retire and his car to be retireve from the track. As the Safety car came in, Meikup was in place to take a surprising first win of the season. He had to fight for the top place on the podium as Viscaal almost snatched the first place out of Estonian’s hands. They went side by side few corners but Meikup was able to hold his nerves and keep the Dutch behind him to the checkered flag. Smolyar took yet another P3 this season but it did not come without some controversy with his teammate Volegov. In the run-up for P3, they banged wheels causing Volegov go through run-off areas dropping him into the last place. The action cost Smolyar a warning flag from the Race Direction.

Tuomas Haapalainen made another great recovery from P11 and finished P4, after amazing fights, just ahead of Belov who capped his difficult weekend off with P5. ALM Motorsport driver, Sten D. Piirimagi also had a strong race and he managed to get P6 in front of his home crowd, his best results of the season so far. FA Racing driver, Lloveras could not take full advantage of Lundgaard’s retirement but cut his lead in championship to eight points with his P7. His teammate Pujeu finished P8 and Berets and Elias Niskanen took the last points in Race 3.

The season continues in two weeks’ time in Moscow on 14-15 of July. Make sure you join us then as we hope the racing will be as fascinating as it was today!

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