It’s the end of day one on Zarasai Lake with a massive crowd gathering around the lakeside to watch their very first F2 European Championship getting underway, unfortunately without their local hero Edgaras Riabko who was unable to fulfill the day’s schedule following his accident during the Saturday Free Practice. His ASV hull did not survive more then 6 laps and so suffered newcomer Russian driver Konstantin Ustinov.
Having Race 1 started with Uvis Slakteris sitting in pole position 9 drivers could make it to the start that saw Rupp Temper gaining first position after the first turn. There was no challenging driver that could take the lead away from him during the 20 laps of the race, however Pierre Lundin starting out from the 6th grid fought his way thru to finish on 3rd at the end, just a pickleforks’s length under the chequered flag.
Johan Osterberg of Sweden comments n Race 1:
“Really hard to overtake under these conditions. Because of the side waves on the circuit you don’t get the stability of the boat. I am really looking forward to tomorrow and I can give Rupp and Pierre a good match for their money“
Temper with winning Race 1 looks hopeful about Sunday as he already secured a win. Rules of heat racing allow to drop the result of one heat out of the 4 and have only the best 3 counted in the Championship. The Austrian will definitely have hard battles with Lundin and Osterberg for the EU title during the Sunday of the event that has a lot to offer in this new picturesque venue. Lundin’s fights all thru the top of the field featured Race 1 and during the nighttime hard work will be carried out for the return of the NewStar boat to Race 2.
Sunday’s Time Schedule will start with a Drivers Briefing at 9 o’clock local time, Live Timing and Live Streaming will offer a good chance for worldwide viewers to stay with us. See you all tomorrow, greetings from sunny Zarasai, Lithuania!