Fifth win in the heat for Oliver Goethe

18.06.2022

Oliver Goethe (Motopark) took his fifth win of the season and kept up with the habit to win at least one race at each event. In a very hot (34 degrees) afternoon at Spa, the Dane was basically unchallenged, although his start, once again, wasn’t the best.

His closest rival, Christian Mansell (CryptoTower), used the opportunity at first corner to take the lead but he couldn’t keep the advantage for more than a hundred meters. His teammate Josh Mason, always competitive at Spa, completed the podium after a strong charge from the back, fiercely defending the position from the other CryptoTower driver, Vlad Lomko, first among Rookies. Both of them, like Fred Lubin (Motopark) fond themselves at the back of the grid, as the qualifying session was red-flagged one minute and a half from the end, because of Lomko getting stuck in a gravel trap. The top-5 was completed by Alex García (Motopark), in his best outing of the season so far.

Goethe, who is now leading the standings by 44 points over Mansell, commented: “It wasn’t a perfect start, but it’s actually not a bad thing on this track to dive into turn 1 as second. I could take the lead shortly after and to pull away, despite a slight mistake in lap 2. Given the heat, it was good not to be involved in battles…”

As said, it wasn’t a perfect start from the drivers sitting in the first row, Goethe and Filip Ugran (VAR).  The poleman was passed on the inside at La Source by Mansell, with Garcia stealing P3 from Ugran. Still, Goethe was able to retake the lead in lap 1, while Mason recovered well to take fifth ahead of Øgaard and Lomko.

Five laps into the race, Goethe’s advantage was already over 3 seconds ahead of Mansell, with Mason third after a stunning charge from the back. García and Lomko were following , with Ugran sliding to sixth ahead of teammate Øgaard, then Lubin, who also had a very poor start, Francesco Simonazzi (BVM), who couldn’t keep the excellent P5 on the grid, and EF returnee Filip Kaminiarz (Motopark).

At the mid-race mark, Mason started to attack Mansell for second, with no success, but in the final laps, he had to defend his position from Lomko. The two even had a slight contact but positions did not change.