IRRC Hengelo: Victorious Return For Lonbois

IRRC Hengelo: Victorious Return For Lonbois

IRRC Superbike race action for 2022 opened in style today at Hengelo, as a host of Europe’s foremost pure road racers showcased their undoubted skill sets.

Late morning’s Superbike race around the fast, flowing Varsselring began with pole sitter Lukas Maurer edging ahead of 2016 IRRC Superbike Champion Vincent Lonbois.

Post the completion of lap one, just 0.943 covered the top five, it was well and truly race on.

Lap two would see MTP Racing’s David Datzer hit the front, closely followed by Mototech Yamaha’s Lonbois with previous race leader Maurer dropping back to fourth.

Laps three, four saw Datzer, IRRC returnee Lonbois break away from the chasing pack as both set a forthright, steadfast pace.

The gap between Datzer, Lonbois remained marginal as closing race laps beckoned, just 0.407 separated them at the end of lap seven.

Lonbois would become the third different race leader on lap eight, moving by the lap’s completion 0.833 ahead of Datzer.

The ninth, final lap saw Lonbois extend and some his advantage, ultimately emerging victorious by almost seven seconds.

It’s his 12th IRRC race triumph, the same total of victories acquired by fellow Countryman Sebastien Le Grelle.

Behind Lonbois, Datzer, P3 went to early race leader Maurer whilst places fourth, fifth, sixth respectively were banked by Joey Den Besten, Virgil Amber Bloemhard and reigning Champion Didier Grams.

Laurent Hoffmann took a gritty seventh place finish as Eddy Ferre, lead Penz 13 BMW pilot Erno Kostamo, Marcel Zuurbier finalised the first ten finishers.

IRRC Hengelo – Superbike race 1 result, reads as follows:

1st – Vincent Lonbois
2nd – David Datzer
3rd – Lukas Maurer
4th – Joey Den Besten
5th – Virgil Amber Bloemhard
6th – Didier Grams
7th – Laurent Hoffmann
8th – Eddy Ferre
9th – Erno Kostamo
10th – Marcel Zuurbier
11th – Patrick Hoff
12th – Ilja Caljouw
13th – Marcel Elsner
14th – Pontus Rostlinger
15th – Johannes Schwimmbeck
16th – Xavier Denis
17th – Amalric Blanc
18th – Luca Gottardi
19th – Nico Muller
20th – Koen Brusten
21st – Stephane Bednarek
22nd – Hanno Brandenburger
23rd – Andreas Jochum
24th – Reinhard Strack
25th – Rene Grundei
26th – Rob Van Eijs
27th – Mark Purslow
28th – Mike Ceuppens
29th – Emil Krchnavy
30th – Jean Pierre Polet

Photo credit Robby Repsol

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou

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