After the thrilling season opener at Suzuka, the WTCR drivers were keen to hit the asphalt when the season continued in Oschersleben, which certainly delivered when it came to close and exciting door-to-door racing. The question was, who would come out on top to lead the championship into round 3.
Having secured the early lead in the championship with a win and a 2nd place at Suzuka, it was a great shame to see Elmar Kurbinov absent from the grid, but all being well, he should return when the drivers line up at Mid-Ohio.
Aiming to take full advantage of his rival’s absence, Janko Glavac set out to prove that his very successful RRLeagues debut in round 1 was the start of a genuine championship campaign. Standing in his way was Robert Horvath, who had shown impressive pace in practice and could call upon his vast RRLeagues experience boasting statistics to rival RRLeagues #1 driver Ralf Arella. In fact, Robert is the only other driver at RRLeagues to hold the #1 ranked driver spot. Janko Glavac certainly had his work cut out if he was to maximise his points haul in Elmar’s absence.
Starting on pole for race 1, Janko battled with Robert over 16 laps with their best race lap almost identical; Janko set a 1:33.274 and Robert a 1:33.288, only 0.014 slower. When the chequered flag was waved, Janko Glavac had secured his 2nd RRLeagues win in only his 3rd race, leading Robert over the line by just over 4 seconds. Completing the podium for race 1, was double reigning WTCC champion, David Dhoore. Having had a tough season opener at Suzuka where he scored 11th and 10th place finishes, David sure seems to have adjusted to the WTCR cars quickly and reminded us all why he won two WTCC championships at RRLeagues. The battle for 4th was very tight and saw Radek Pawlaczek edge Greg Metcalf, Ralf Arella and Vlastimil Lukas, with the group covered by less than 2 seconds. Rounding out the top 10 were Miguel Santiago Carou (8th), who enjoyed a race long fight with Daniel Badcock (9th), with Ivan Gridello coming home in 10th and securing the all-important pole position for race 2 with the reverse top-10 grid.
Inspired by his 2nd win in race 1, Janko Glavac set about trying to replicate his triumph in race 2 and he, like Robert Horvath, quickly made his way to the front of the pack, as early front-runners Vlastimil Lukas, Daniel Badcock and Ivan Gridello were reeled in. Vlastimil was defiant in defence but both Janko and Robert managed to get through and break away with their best lap incredibly close with less than a tenth separating them. Once again though, it was the RRLeagues newcomer who secured another win, his 3rd in 4 races. This time however, Robert pushed him all the way to the end, finishing a nail-biting 0.606 from the win. Behind them, Vlastimil Lukas battled and fought hard with worn tyres and managed to cleverly position his car and use the tricky to pass circuit to his advantage as he held on to 3rd position and completed the podium, narrowly beating Radek Pawlaczek, Daniel Badcock, Ralf Arella and Jazz Forsberg. 3rd to 5th was covered by an astonishing 0.429 of a second and 3rd to 7th by just over 1.5 seconds. Greg Metcalf, Nikola Simic and Simon Fillingham completed the top 10.
Drivers now turn their attention to the twisty track of Mid-Ohio which plays host to round 3 of the championship and the driver with the target on his back is undoubtedly Janko Glavac who has, in Elmar’s absence, taken the championship lead and now boasts a massive 83 point lead over Radek Pawlaczek, but with 100 points for a win and 12 races left in the season and the ability to drop a round, the championship is well and truly open, but who will stop Janko Glavac? Have your say above and share your thoughts below.