Norwegian Bjorn Rune Gjelsten with Britain's Steve Curtis on the throttles of Spirit of Norway (Tencara/Lamborghini) took first place in the German Grand Prix on July 7
Norwegian Bjorn Rune Gjelsten with Britain’s Steve Curtis on the throttles of Spirit of Norway (Tencara/Lamborghini) took first place in the German Grand Prix on July 7.
Based in the Baltic at Lubeck-Travemunde, the pair won the race easily to finish ahead of points leader Victory 7 driven by Ali Nasser and Ali Al Qama of the UAE.
Victory 1 of Saeed Al Tayer and Mohammed Al Marri finished third after chasing the eventual winners most of the way. Unfortunately a navigational error forced them to turn back and correct their course costing them valuable time and distance.
This cost Victory 1 a possible second place but the result still places them third on the championship table eight points behind their Victory teammates.
There was high excitement as Highlander (Tencara/Lamborghini) driven by Italian Edoardo Polli and Riviera (Tencara/Lamborghini) of Norwegian Kjell Inge Rokke, lying fourth and fifth, had a running duel. Highlander eventually streamed ahead but later lost and engine hatch when moving up on Victory 1 falling back to fifth.
Also running strong to finish forth was Australia’s Bill Barry-Cotter in Riviera (Tencara/Lamborghini), a result that places her forth on the overall standings.
Several top performers suffered ill luck and retired in the early stages with mechanical problems of one kind or another leaving just six finishers.
Victory 7 remains at the head of the championship table with Spirit of Norway lying a close second three points behind.
The series now moves to Plymouth on July 21 for the British Grand Prix.