IRRC Imatranajo: Kostamo, Hamberg Bag Qualifying Victories

IRRC Imatranajo: Kostamo, Hamberg Bag Qualifying Victories

Post piloting electric Superbike machinery, Performance Racing Achterhoek’s Jorn Hamberg consolidated pole position for today’s opening IRRC Imatranajo Supersport encounter.

Quickest during first qualifying, Hamberg’s best time of 1.57.193 seconds, wasn’t surpassed within Q2, despite the best efforts of session pace setter Petr Najman.

Third quickest behind top Triumph runner Najman (1.57.593) was fellow Countryman, twice former class Champion Marek Cerveny (1.57.796).

Combined P4, P5 from qualifying sessions were Pauli Pekkanen (1.57.921) and Team Schleizer Dreieck’s Thomas Walther (1.58.802).

Whilst the UK’s only contender, Imatranajo newcomer Gary Johnson (1.59.118) finished a respectable sixth fastest.

Wrapping up the overall ten speediest IRRC Supersport exponents were Mikko Uski (2.00.816), Erwan Bannwart (2.00.976), Anssi Koski (2.01.014) and Sebastian Frotscher (2.01.876).


Carrying on the form that saw him top yesterday’s practice session, Erno Kostamo vaulted to IRRC Superbike qualifying victory.

Opening qualifying proceedings would see Kostamo find a potent late burst of pace, lapping at 1 minute 52.663 seconds, to finish quickest by 0.683 over Vincent Lonbois (1.53.346).

Q2 began in dramatic fashion with IRRC Superbike Championship leader Lonbois crashing out of contention.

Sustaining a broken thumb, Lonbois wouldn’t make the session’s re-start. Same applied to at the time provisional pole sitter Kostamo.

Ultimately Kostamo, Lonbois turn of speed from Q1 wasn’t matched with session leader Lukas Maurer (1.53.375) the nearest in terms of outright pace.

David Datzer (1.53.509), now aboard his top 20 finishing Senior TT mount finished overall fourth quickest, just over 0.4 quicker than North West 200 winner Pierre Yves Bian (1.53.971).

Multiple IRRC Champions Didier Grams (1.54.195), Joey Den Besten (1.54.370) we’re next-up on the overall qualifying leader-board.

Positions eighth to tenth went the way of Michael Dunlop (1.55.175), finally showing signs of his calibre, Ville Valtonen (1.55.499) and Eddy Ferre (1.56.260).

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou

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