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Krafft the class of the ETCC Super 1600 field in Slovakia


Ulrike Krafft outpaced her nine Super 1600 rivals for the FIA European Touring Car Cup class pole at Slovakia Ring.

The German lady race was half a second clear of Ukraine’s Andrii Yevtushenko in her Ford Fiesta with reigning champion and current category leader Niklas Mackschin settling for third.

Afterwards, Krafft thanked her new arkonic racing team: “It’s only my second race with my new team arkonic racing and I have to say they really prepared a very good car. The atmosphere in the team is very nice and the suspension was perfect for this track. And I do love this track; it’s very technical and you have to find a very good racing line.”

In what is a 10-strong S1600 field this weekend, German driver Mackshin lost out to Yevtushenko by just 0.042s, while Czech Tomáš Korený, who will be 16 years, six months and four days on race day and is the youngest driver on ETCC duty, was fourth ahead of the two German Peugeot 207 drivers Kevin Hilgenhövel, also 16, and Andreas Rinke.

Wildcard entrants Sergii Kravets and Pavlo Kopylets and German rookie Daniel Niermann completed the S1600 contingent.

The two nine-lap races are scheduled for 10h00 and 11h05 on Sunday, with the first from a rolling start and the second to begin with a standing start.