IRRC Hengelo: Yves Bian Nears Record Pace, Clinches Supersport Pole

IRRC Hengelo: Yves Bian Nears Record Pace, Clinches Supersport Pole

In virtually ideal conditions at Hengelo, Pierre Yves Bian neared the existing circuit Supersport lap record on route to powering to pole position for Sunday’s middleweight class contests.

The pace setter during the opening qualifying session, second qualifying saw the likeable Frenchman close to within half a second of Nigel Walraven’s current 600 Varsselring lap record, setting on his fifth timed lap a best time of 1 minute 51.173 seconds.

Just shy of a second off Yves Bian’s sharp speed injection was leading Dutch racer Ilja Caljouw (1.52.137), whilst third quickest was the in form, North Czech Riders supported Petr Najman (1.52.744).

Wrapping up the six quickest qualifiers were Jorn Hamberg (1.53.316), Optimark Road Racing’s Xavier Denis (1.53.660) and Denmark’s Anders Blacha (1.55.986).

Romain Cleaz Savoyen (1.56.055), Amalric Blanc (1.56.370) placed seventh, eighth quickest respectively as Cyril Lecocq (1.56.963) and Kevin Rigot (1.57.135) concluded the overall ten most rapid Supersport exponents.

The UK’s only representative, Never Be Clever Racing’s Mark Purslow (1.57.493) qualified a very creditable 11th and already looks comfortable around the fast, flowing roads of the illustrious Varsselring.

IRRC Hengelo – overall Supersport qualifying result reads as follows:

1 Pierre Yves Bian – 1.51.173
2 Ilja Caljouw – 1.52.137
3 Petr Najman – 1.52.744
4 Jorn Hamberg – 1.53.316
5 Xavier Denis – 1.53.660
6 Anders Blacha – 1.55.986
7 Romain Cleaz Savoyen – 1.56.055
8 Amalric Blanc – 1.56.370
9 Cyril Lecocq – 1.56.963
10 Kevin Rigot – 1.57.135
11 Mark Purslow – 1.57.493
12 Andy Anen – 1.57.555
13 Quentin Limousin – 1.59.332
14 Jurgen Welsing – 1.59.459
15 Stefan Wauter – 1.59.959
16 Julien Cregniot – 2.00.249
17 Maxime Gresoviac – 2.00.290
18 Yann Galli – 2.00.453
19 Jerome Bagard – 2.01.185
20 Henrik Voit – 2.01.915
21 Krystian Paluch – 2.02.834
22 Christian Weirig – 2.03.771

Photo credit: Robby Repsol

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou

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