06.04.2009

Fantastic start for the Honda teams

There was an exciting fight for the lead amongst the top four teams in the tv14 Honda Civic Cup which was finally won by Dupré/ Nett with an advance of 44 seconds. The Honda VLN Junior Team with drivers Nägele/ Nägele/ Scheerbarth of the UAS Cologne finished second and set fastest lap time. The fight between the fastest in practice Totz/ Kreuer and Weber/ Bermes, who were invited by team director Mattias Holle to drive the Civic as a compensation for the scheduled participation in the S2000 which was not yet ready, became very close: There was a gap of only 1.3 seconds between third and fourth positions.

The ladies team Schmid/ Wassertheurer/ Müllenmeister could improve their practice result by one position and finished fifth, standing up to the Swiss/German trio Bressan/ Bühler/ Wölflick. Into seventh and eighth places followed the two Mathol teams with Dr. Schäfer/ Eichner and Imholz/ Cohausz/ Schicht. All the Honda drivers thus made it to the finish with undamaged cars, which however managed only 112 of the 163 starters.

Their first victory in the completely revised Ex-JAS Accord celebrated Venn/ Hoppe and the Fleper Team. In SP4, the Schmersal-S2000 driven by Geulen/ Schlesack finished into third class position. Bad luck, though, for the Honda S2000 of Fugel and Cardiff: They had to retire after an accident (Kirsch/ Fugel) and with a damaged clutch respectively (Platz/ Hörter/ Schmitz).


"Honda Racing".