Super Sprint Challenge – Dijon – June 12/13
Thanks to Johannes Gauglica’s willingness to pursue the action going on in other series, dsc can report on races such as these – which were going on in France on Le Mans weekend.

A healthy field of 25 cars took part in the Super Sprint Challenge races at Dijon-Prenois, among them an additional Formula 3000 car. Swiss lady racer extraordinaire, Sabrina Hungerbühler has moved from Krisam team to the stable of Peter Milavec, and into an Audi turbo-powered Reynard.

Race 1 was delayed until 8 p.m. on Saturday, and when it finally got underway it saw team mates Milavec and Hungerbühler get blitzed by Emanuel Pedrazza, who was quickest away from the start and established himself in second place behind pole man, reigning Interserie champion Arnold Wagner in his F3000 Reynard, this a Cosworth-powered car.

"Over the first four laps, I tried to work out an advantage over the others,“ said Wagner afterwards, "Emanuel was incredibly quick in a straight line, I had an advantage through the twisty bits.“ The nimbler F3000 ultimately proved quicker than the heavier PRC sports prototype with its 3.5l Cosworth DFR engine, and Pedrazza's bid for the lead only lasted four laps, then he retired with a broken fuel pump. So it was a single seater lock-out at the head of the field, as the F3000 Reynards fought out the overall podium places among themselves. Sabrina Hungerbühler, in particular, proved to be the surprise package of the day, as she matched her more experienced rivals' pace in her first race with the Reynard. "I think I' ve been doing all right so far, these were the first kilometers I have covered in this car,“ she said afterwards.

But it was not to be Hungerbühler's race, as she had to retire with a broken throttle cable. Wagner then comfortably led the race to the flag, with Milavec in second place in the over-2000cc single seater division. In the sportscar class, things were somewhat closer as Wolfgang Payr had to fend off the attacks of Josef Pfyl and Gerd Beisel. In the end, Payr drove his PRC-BMW to second place overall. The 2000cc sportscars saw newcomer Manuel Metzger, who had come to Dijon on a confidence high after the win at the Salzburgring, again control his opponents and win from Gerhard Münch and Burknard Stricker, all three in PRC-Opels.

Emanuel Pedrazza was also confident as he went into race 2 on Sunday: "Our objective is clear - win division 1 and collect the points". He made his intention clear as he stormed away from the other prototypes. The monoposto class meanwhile saw a close fight between veteran F3000 racer Wagner and the amazing Sabrina Hungerbühler, who obviously found her new car to her liking. But again technical trouble stopped her progress, this time at the half-way mark. "I wanted to do well in the second race,“ she said afterwards, "but we found a crack in the intercooler just before the start.“ In the end, it was a burst oil line that sealed the Reynard's fate. Owner Peter Milavec remarked that the car had not turned a wheel in two years prior to this event, "so it is normal that there are teething trouble. But Sabrina's pace was a real surprise to me." Milavec himself again came home in second place in division 1.

The battle for the runner-up spot in the sportscar field was between Martini driver Pfyl and PRCers Beisel, Payr, and Czech new addition to the series, Michal Dolak. Mugen V8 power made the difference for Beisel against the 6-cylinder BMWs as he clinched second place, with Payr in third. The 2l sportscar class was again won by Metzger from Stricker and Münch.

The Super Sprint Challenge will take the competitors to the Eurospeedway Lausitzring for the next round on 3/4 July where the organisers expect a record number of entries.
Rolf Schindler / Johannes Gauglica

Results

Race 1
Division 1
:
1. Wolfgang Payr, PRC - BMW
2. Josef Pfyl, Martini - BMW
3. Gerd Beisel, PRC - Mugen
Division 2:
1. Manuel Metzger, PRC - Opel
2. Gerhard Münch, PRC - Opel
3. Burkhard Stricker, PRC - Opel
Division 3:
1. Arnold Wagner, Reynard
2. Peter Milavec, Lola-Audi
3. Jean Claude Monbaron, Reynard
Division 4:
1. Thomas Wolfert, Formel König
2. Lubomir Glogar, Eufra
3. Marcel Baierle, Formel König

Race 2:
Division 1
:
1. Emanuel Pedrazza, PRC - Ford
2. Gerd Beisel, PRC - Mugen
3. Wolfgang Payr, PRC - BMW
Division 2:
1. Manuel Metzger, PRC - Opel
2. Burkhard Stricker, PRC - Opel
3. Gerhard Münch, PRC - Opel
Division 3:
1. Arnold Wagner, Reynard
2. Peter Milavec, Lola-Audi
3. Jean Claude Monbaron, Reynard
Division 4:
1. Marcel Baierle, Formel König
2. Lubomir Glogar, Eufra
3. Thomas Wolfert, Formel König.

 

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