26. May 2018

Last weekend, Justin Kunz was busy at the Autodromo di Franciacorta in Italy: he was allowed to compete in both classes. This meant that he had to master two races in Elite 1 (pros) and two races in Elite 2 (offspring).

At first, this weekend could not have started better, because the fastest lap of practice went to Kunz. So, the plan for the further qualifying was fixed: namely to repeat what had been achieved the previous day. The priority was Elite 2; this meant that in Elite 1 qualifying, they wanted to “save” the good tires and therefore he only started from 19th place. Kunz was the first to get out of the pits in the only 8-minute Elite 2 qualifying. But back on start (or finish), still the last drivers drove from the pit lane (because of the delay), so Kunz had slower traffic in front of him and the good tires could not fully exploited. So he reached only 10th place.

The elite 1 Saturday race started with a contact in the starting phase, which reversed Justin’s Ford Mustang and damaged the front left tire. Fortunately, the tire still held until the end. At the end of the field, it continued for the youngster, who still landed at position 13. The elite 2 race on Saturday afternoon went off without major incidents, Kunz became 8th.

Sunday morning, Kunz started in the second race of the Elite 2. The start went smoothly so far, but the accident should only take its turn in turn three: To avoid a transverse vehicle, the entire field came together very closely; The pilot who drove behind Kunz gave a flat rear tire. So the # 46 had to pit for a wheel change and was at the end of the field. What came next was a race to catch up to position 7. The following Elite 1 race had Kunz on Sunday due to the limited number of tires and the two punctures with two older slicks contest. Since Kunz had to fight due to the older tires with less grip, he saw again the checkered flag as number 13.

“If you have a puncture you already have almost lost here. But the guys from my team did a great job. I just gave everything to make them a little bit happy. It was just a mega race! “commented Justin after the race on the events.

If you want to be there live, you should book the 14th – 16th September, because then the American Fan Fest will take place at the Hockenheimring.

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