This weekend we start with the Warm Up Race for the 2014 European Championships in Germany. The race is re-visiting the Sand-am-Main track South of Frankfurt only a few years after it was previously held at the same venue. The track hasn't changed much, just a few new features to a unique style layout that runs up and away from the drivers rather than left to right, and with it being landscaped on steep incline, there is plenty of elevation change to keep the track interesting.
Qualifying saw Darren Bloomfield take a round win in the first qualifying round, and subsequent consistent scoring would mean that he would take an eventual 2nd overall in qualifying with his Bullitt powered Agama car. Darren was looking very fast and had a chance to sneak the overall TQ in the last round, but some poor driving from a slower driver, who refused to give room despite being called by the referee resulted in him losing a few seconds and his chance of the TQ.
Some rain hit the track on finals day to mix the conditions up a bit, resulting in the track getting a bit slick online as it dried out again…Dani Vega would pilot his Agama car through his quarter final to take a semi final berth alongside team mate Darren and Jerome. Darren would go on to dominate his semi final in convincing fashion, but a a short period of rain mid race took the edge off the times meaning he would line up third on the grid for the main final.
Darren got away to a good start and was leading the race, albeit in very close competition when a fuel gun failure mid race during a pit stop caused a large delay and he lost the lead. Darren fought back well and would eventually take the final step on the podium in 3rd place. The result was a little disappointing as Darren felt he had the pace to win, but we will go to the Euros itself in confident frame of mind after car and driver performed so well.
Special mention to both Ari Heinonen (BETA) and Carsten Keller (Bullitt) for each making the main final of this prestigious event after excellent drives from both.