Saturday’s Benelux Trophy action at the famous Nurburgring featured various prominent IRRC competitors including twice Supersport class Champion, Laurent Hoffmann.
Hoffmann piloting the DLF Racing Suzuki which he previously tested at Mettet, Zolder and Spa Francorchamps, recorded creditable 12th, 8th place finishes within the combined 11 lap Superbike/Supersport races.
Reflecting via Facebook about Saturday’s race action, he stated the following:
“This year we spend a lot of time getting the handling to improve on the Superbike, so we can go as fast as we did on the Supersport.
In qualifying I couldn’t go faster than securing 14th spot on the grid. In race 1 I improved a bit and took P11. In race two I found some more confidence and improved lap times by 1.5 seconds. Resulting in a solid P8.
We’re not there yet but step by step we are improving. Can’t wait to see the same guys on the roads!. A good team effort made possible by DLF-RACING. The biggest applause however goes to all these people who are involved and keep supporting the team and me as a rider. Also during this pandemic.”
Others with roads experience a plenty taking in the latest Benelux Trophy round included Switzerland’s John Pilloud, Erwan Bannwart and two times IRRC Superbike series victor Sebastien Le Grelle.
YZF R1M Yamaha mounted Le Grelle making a welcome return to competition, showed he had lost none of his proven pace, clever race craft to bank a brace of top six finishes.
Whilst Yan Ancia who took the victory spoils in the BeNeCup Superbike races at last year’s IRRC Chimay meeting, placed runner-up within the 11 lap races.
Words by Stevie Rial