Twister Racing's Daniel Kiss takes lights to flag victory while teammate Rens Klop joins him on the podium on the second step in the season opener. The close qualifying predicts ACE will be very competitive this season.
Daniel Kiss of Twister Racing showed blistering pace as he led for 41 of 47 laps. He only handed the lead to 2 stopping German Avid Chronic driver Michi Hoyer briefly during his first stop. He shared the podium with another Twister driver in Rens Klop.
The start initially looked very clean as the whole grid passed by turn one (often the scene of tears and carbon pieces) without incident. In fact sectors 1 and 2 were clean. However a bit of tense action that began at the exit of the high speed chicane of Turns 10-11 and continued with possibly a desperate move into Turn 12 became a road block of a wreck. Drivers with wingless cars tried to carry on and amplified the size of the crash.
Up the front however we had 18 runners still racing and to be objective this was where the winners would come from.
The longer race format brought strategy into play as the top 4 drivers had a mix of 2 stop and 3 stop strategies with winner Kiss and and second placed Dutchman Rens Klop choosing to 3 stop whereas Michi Hoyer and Pashalis Gergis went for a 2 stop.
In his final stint, three stopper Klop had to chase down two stopping Hoyer who assumed second place after Klop pitted. He did a pretty good job of it and he pounced and created a Medium to Medium tyre fight but with his tyres quite a lot fresher and his aero a little lower.
In a thrilling finish, to retain fourth place and somewhat in a repeat of the Klop-Hoyer fight, two stopping Gergis had to hold off a hard charging Finnish driver in Mikko Suokas on a 3 stop in the final laps. Faster Than Speed driver, Suokas had pitted from about 8 seconds in front of the Greek driver Gergis and rejoined 8 seconds behind. He closed him down. The difference was perhaps that Suokas caught him a little later in his final stint and the fresh tyre advantage was somewhat negated by how hard Gergis made him push to close the gap. Gergis put up a strong defense on tired rubber and on the finish line finished just 5 hundredths of a second in front.
An entertaining race and with the racing so close in qualifying it promises to be a great season in ACE.