Contrasting fortunes was one way to describe new IRRC Superbike Championship leader David Datzer, latest Jarno Saarinen Circuit Imatra exploration.
His first Imatranajo tenure in three years, kick started in challenging fashion with the German’s prime IRRC steed encountering engine problems.
Different issues conspired against the top 20 Senior TT finisher, during the opening timed qualifying session, with Datzer involved in a high-speed incident, having hit oil on track, after issues for twice IRRC Supersport Champion Laurent Hoffmann.
Commenting about this, the ever-amiable Datzer stated:
“I saw the oil flag and therefore left the racing line. I still hit the oil track with my front wheel. You can go quite fast at this point. With one eye I already saw Russia.”
Despite this incident, allied to aforementioned engine issues, positivity in spades returned for Datzer in the opening IRRC Superbike race, which saw him finish second, provide stiff opposition to pace setter throughout, Penz 13 team-mate Erno Kostamo.
Reflecting post-race, the Bavaria racer stated:
“We ran into three slow riders at the end who were involved in their own battle. Erno put everything on the line when he lapped, where-as I didn’t risk so much because the points for second place were more important to me.
Like three years ago, no blue flags were waived by the marshals. So, I was deprived of the chance for a last, perhaps decisive attack.
That’s also particularly annoying because we drivers have pointed out several times that dangerous situations have repeatedly occurred because of that.”
A top five finish would follow for Datzer in the sole Open Superbike race whilst the second ten-lap IRRC Superbike race stint yielded a second rostrum finish, this time finishing third behind Lukas Maurer, triple 1000cc race winner Erno Kostamo.
Speaking post-race, new fastest German Imatranajo exponent Datzer who now leads the 2022 IRRC Superbike Championship by 11 points, having amassed to date 76 points, stated:
“I can be more than satisfied with a second and third place. Before the event I didn’t expect to be on the podium at all.”
The MTP Racing by Syntainics Penz 13 riders’ next IRRC voyage sees him travel to Belgium, to compete around the illustrious Circuit De Chimay.
For those who aren’t aware yet, competition at Chimay runs from the 23rd-24th of July.
Quotes courtesy of Matthias Wolfstein
Photo courtesy of Matthias Wolfstein
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou