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IRRC Hengelo: Relentless Lagrive Takes Opening Supersport Honours

Relentless, consistent, faultless were words to describe Matthieu Lagrive’s performance, in the opening IRRC Supersport race at Hengelo, as the reigning series champion clinched in style race spoils.

Victorious by almost three seconds, Lagrive aboard the Wepol Road Racing Yamaha by mid race distance steadily moved clear of the chasing pack, which was headed by Pierre Yves Bian and Christian Schmitz.

Photo by Robby Repsol

The battle for second between Optimark Road Racing’s Yves Bian and Schmitz, which saw ultimately the respected counterparts covered by just over 0.3 of a second, saw rising German roads star Schmitz emerge on top.

Securing fourth behind Schmitz and Yves Bian, was event wildcard David Datzer, whilst acquiring a battling fifth place finish was two time IRRC Supersport champ, Laurent Hoffmann.

Thomas Walther finished sixth, Jorn Hamberg was a very respectable seventh, Anssi Koski in eighth place quietly impressed as did ninth, tenth place finishers respectively, Performance Racing Achterhoek’s Ilja Caljouw and Erwan Bannwart.

IRRC Hengelo – Supersport Race 1 Results in full, are as follows:

1 Matthieu Lagrive
2 Christian Schmitz
3 Pierre Yves Bian
4 David Datzer
5 Laurent Hoffmann
6 Thomas Walther
7 Jorn Hamberg
8 Anssi Koski
9 Ilja Caljouw
10 Erwan Bannwart
11 Sebastian Frotscher
12 Renzo Van Der Donckt
13 Kai Zentner
14 Xavier Denis
15 Luca Gottardi
16 Jurgen Welsing
17 Ivo Ladde
18 Kamil Holan
19 Mike Ceuppens
20 Leonard Mesojedec
21 Krystian Paluch

Words by Stevie Rial

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