Strong first Qualifying at the German Speedweek in Oschersleben
1st Superstock, 5th overall
Oschersleben, Germany. The Penz13.com Franks Autowelt Racing Team took off with a strong start at the German Speedweek with it’s riders Pedro Vallcaneras (ESP), Bastien Mackels (BEL) and Markus Reiterberger (GER). The BMW S 1000 RR squad ended the first Qualifying for the 8 hours of Germany of the FIM Endurance World Championship not only in the leading Superstock position, but also amongst the sharp end of the overall top riders.
In Free Practice it was the third fastest time overall and the team got a good base for their first Qualfiying. Vallcaneras, Mackels and Reiterberger were able to continue their setup work on the Penz13-BMW which had started on Wednesday.
In Qualifying it was Vallcaneras who rode the first session and lapped the Oschersleben circuit in 1:29,111 Minutes, which meant an improvement of almost half a second of his last year’s Qualfiying time. He was 14th in his group overall and 3rd in Superstock class.
The biggest sensation of the day came by Bastien Mackels: He not only classified himself on the overall top of his group but also threw out the fastest lap time of the whole day in 1:26,743 Minutes. In his group Mackels stayed 0,925 seconds clear of Honda Racing rider Sébastien Gimbert. The Belgian was one of only three riders that broke the 1:27 barrier today – on his Stock-spec BMW S 1000 RR.
Reigning German Superbike Champion Markus Reiterberger rode the third Qualifying session and missed out on the top spot only by half a second. In 1:27,613 Minutes he stayed behind SRC Kawasaki rider Fabien Foret. Reiterberger didn’t get a free lap in and targets a significant improvement tomorrow.
The average of the fastest lap times of Vallcaneras, Mackels and Reiterberger meant a provisional 5th spot on the grid for the Penz13.com Franks Autowelt Racing Team and the lead in the Superstock class. For the pole position there are only 0,356 sconds missing, the second fastest Superstock squad – Junior Team LMS Suzuki #72 – is holding in 11th spot.
Senior TT ends for Storrar after lap 2
Jimmy Storrar was forced to pull out of today’s Senior TT shortly after the first pit stop due to a technical problem. The Scotsman entered the pits for refuelling, went back out but pulled over and parked his BMW S 1000 RR at street side and walked back to the paddock.
Three Champions for the home race: Markus Reiterberger, Bastien Mackels and Pedro Vallcaneras
Böhlen, Germany. The Penz13.com Franks Autowelt Racing Team will field three genuine Champions for its home race: At the German Speedweek’s 8 hours of Germany race of the FIM Endurance World Championship, reigning IDM Superbike champion Markus Reiterberger, fellow IDM Superstock champion Bastien Mackels and 2012 Endurance Superstock Cup winner Pedro Vallcaneras will take over the handlebars of the Penz – BMW S 1000 RR.
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