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IRRC Hengelo: Reigning Champion Lagrive Banks Supersport Pole, Yves Bian, Hoffmann Nearest Challengers

In splendid conditions, the pace around the Varsselring was equally as hot as the weather, as a mix of anticipated front runners, series newcomers and European roads stalwarts, battled it out for pole position, for tomorrow’s IRRC Supersport races at Hengelo.

Topping the overall qualifying time sheets, was reigning class champion Matthieu Lagrive. Lagrive who’s focusing his racing efforts this year on defending the IRRC Supersport crown, quickest lap time of 1 minute 50.887 seconds gave him an advantage of nigh on 1.2 seconds, over nearest pursuer, fellow countryman Pierre Yves Bian (1.52.073).

Photo by Robby Repsol

Closely following Optimark Road Racing’s Yves Bian in timed practice, was Belgian star Laurent Hoffmann (1.52.218), whilst fourth, fifth fastest respectively Thomas Walther (1.52.879) and Christian Schmitz (1.53.009), also showed an accomplished turn of pace.

Event wildcard David Datzer (1.52.079) finished a very creditable sixth quickest, Italy’s Luca Gottardi (1.55.332) quietly impressed in finishing seventh on the time sheets, as did up coming Finnish roads talent, eight fastest Anssi Koski (1.55.476).

Rounding out the ten overall quickest qualifiers were seasoned Mountain Course exponent Xavier Denis (1.55.719), and leading local competitor Michael Hofman (1.55.813).

IRRC Hengelo – Supersport combined qualifying results, are as follows:

1 Matthieu Lagrive 1.50.887
2 Pierre Yves Bian 1.52.073
3 Laurent Hoffmann 1.52.218
4 Thomas Walther 1.52.879
5 Christian Schmitz 1.53.009
6 David Datzer 1.52.079
7 Luca Gottardi 1.55.332
8 Anssi Koski 1.55.476
9 Xavier Denis 1.55.719
10 Michael Hofman 1.55.813
11 Erwan Bannwart 1.56.645
12 Kamil Holan 1.57.236
13 Jorn Hamberg 1.57.592
14 Anders Blacha 1.57.615
15 Ilja Caljouw 1.57.625
16 Sebastian Frotscher 1.57.849
17 Kai Zentner 1.57.911
18 Renzo Van Der Donckt 1.58.380
19 Henrik Voit 1.58.927
20 Mike Ceuppens 2.00.940
21 Jurgen Welsing 2.01.656
22 Leonard Mesojedec 2.03.641
23 Ivo Ladde 2.03.140
24 Krystian Paluch 2.05.205
25 Yann Galli 2.09.026
26 Martin Ridel 2.10.576
27 Tonny Wassink 2.11.375

Words by Stevie Rial

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