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IRRC Imatranajo: Qualifying Wrap Up

Supersport:

In conditions at Imatranajo which no doubt reminded many road racing fans of the wet, damp, inclement weather that graced TT 2019, event wildcards Pauli Pekkanen and Sami Penna showed their skills set and some, in topping today’s overall Supersport qualifying times sheet.

Q1 pace setter, ex British Supersport exponent Pekkanen went almost three seconds quicker than his best time in Q1, in the second qualifying session, lapping at 2 minutes 06.955 seconds, to finish just over sixth tenths of a second quicker than Paukka Racing team mate Sami Penna (2.07.556).

Fellow countryman Felix Nassi (2.08.309) finished third fastest, whilst leading non Finnish competitor was Wepol Racing’s Matthieu Lagrive (2.08.467).

Fifth fastest Anssi Koski (2.09.587) was a further 1.12 seconds behind Lagrive, whilst the sixth, seventh and eighth quickest trio respectively of Ilja Caljouw (2.10.744), Luca Gottardi (2.10.936) and Laurent Hoffmann (2.10.947), were covered by just over 0.2 of a second.

Rounding out the ten fastest Supersport qualifiers were LSE Racing’s Christian Schmitz (2.10.957), and SBRacing Team’s Erwan Bannwart (2.12.377).

Overall qualifying results are as follows:

1 Pauli Pekkanen 2.06.955
2 Sami Penna 2.07.556
3 Felix Nassi 2.08.309
4 Matthieu Lagrive 2.08.467
5 Anssi Koski 2.09.587
6 Ilja Caljouw 2.10.744
7 Luca Gottardi 2.10.936
8 Laurent Hoffmann 2.10.947
9 Christian Schmitz 2.10.957
10 Erwan Bannwart 2.12.377
11 Pierre Yves Bian 2.12.722
12 Sebastian Frotscher 2.13.976
13 Xavier Denis 2.14.105
14 Mikko Uski 2.14.159
15 Juha Kallio 2.14.816
16 Miika Viiperi 2.17.090
17 Danila Krasniuk 2.19.148
18 Henrik Voit 2.20.226
19 Tiia Seima 2.24.894
20 Martin Riedl 2.32.206
21 Leonard Mesojedec 2.33.492

Superbike:

Showcasing again a deft touch in tricky, challenging mixed wet, damp, drying conditions, Imatranajo newcomer Davey Todd (2.00.175) stylishly took the spoils in IRRC Superbike qualifying.

2.213 quicker than closest pursuer in qualifying, German roads great Didier Grams (2.02.388), Wepol Racing’s Todd continues to impress, impress and impress within his first racing voyage on Finnish shores.

Photo by Mika Toikka

Team mate, reigning IRRC Superbike champion Danny Webb (2.02.569), piloting this weekend YZF R1M Yamaha machinery, battled his way to third on the qualifying times sheet, finishing just over 0.18 of a second, off the pace shown by respected rival Grams.

Leading the local challenge was event wildcard, Supersport pole sitter Pauli Pekkanen (2.02.904). Joining Pekkanen on the second row of the grid for today’s opening IRRC Superbike encounter, will be fellow countrymen Marko Ratto (2.03.043) and Erno Kostamo (2.03.639).

Row three on the grid for this afternoon’s race action is covered by Marek Cerveny (2.03.877), Lukas Maurer (2.03.994) and Performance Racing Achterhoek’s Virgil Amber Bloemhard (2.04.944).

Concluding the combined ten fastest premier class exponents from qualifying, was local favourite, former TT Races competitor Juha Kallio (2.05.324).

Overall qualifying results are as follows:

1 Davey Todd 2.00.175
2 Didier Grams 2.02.388
3 Danny Webb 2.02.569
4 Pauli Pekkanen 2.02.904
5 Marko Ratto 2.03.043
6 Erno Kostamo 2.03.639
7 Marek Cerveny 2.03.877
8 Lukas Maurer 2.03.994
9 Virgil Amber Bloemhard 2.04.944
10 Juha Kallio 2.05.324
11 Martin Jessopp 2.05.685
12 Tomas Borovka 2.06.572
13 Pavel Tomecek 2.06.584
14 Mathias Keller 2.07.622
15 Kalle Mantysaari 2.07.994
16 Ales Nechvatal 2.08.902
17 Markus Karlsson 2.09.610
18 Vassilios Takos 2.09.742
19 Olivier Lupberger 2.11.604
20 Mikael Karlsson 2.11.706
21 Jan Kopponen 2.11.896
22 Hanno Brandenburger 2.12.725
23 Mathias Gnagi 2.14.104
24 Lasse Karki 2.14.311
25 Thilo Gunther 2.15.203
26 Foti Psomadakis 2.16.712
27 Rob Van Eijs 2.17.968
28 Mikhail Shumilin 2.21.089
29 Ilari Nieminen 2.59.505

Words by Stevie Rial

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