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IRRC Imatranajo: Pekkanen Dominates Opening Supersport Encounter, Lagrive Increases Championship Lead

Event wildcard Pauli Pekkanen producing the same form and some that took him to the top of the qualifying time sheets, dominated the opening IRRC Supersport race at Imatranajo, emerging victorious by almost eight seconds.

Formidable throughout, the ex British Superbikes, British Supersport championship competitor final race winning margin stood at 7.8 seconds over IRRC Supersport championship leader Matthieu Lagrive.

With race winner an event wildcard, Lagrive’s second place finish bags him another 25 important points in his pursuit of becoming the first French racer to claim an IRRC crown.

Photo by Robby Repsol

Photo by Jarmo Heikkeri

Fellow countryman Jonathan Goetschy and Pierre Yves Bian, as at Terlicko were extremely closely matched in the battle for third, which was ultimately claimed by YZF R6 Yamaha mounted Goetschy by under one tenth of a second!

Thomas Walther was a solid fifth, local racers/event wildcards Anssi Koski and Felix Nassi finished respectively sixth and eighth, they were separated on the result sheets by Switzerland’s improving Lukas Maurer.

Final spots within the first ten finishers of an entertaining opening IRRC Supersport encounter, were 2017 TT Privateers champion Horst Saiger and Performance Racing Achterhoek’s Ilja Caljouw.

Race results, are as follows:

1 Pauli Pekkanen
2 Matthieu Lagrive
3 Jonathan Goetschy
4 Pierre Yves Bian
5 Thomas Walther
6 Anssi Koski
7 Lukas Maurer
8 Felix Nassi
9 Horst Saiger
10 Ilja Caljouw
11 Peter Paloranta
12 Sebastian Frotscher
13 Miroslav Sloboda
14 Mikko Uski
15 Tapio Mustonen
16 Pertti Lindegren
17 John Ross Billega
18 Artur Zangiev
19 Jani Vaahtera

Words by Stevie Rial

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