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The ADAC Northern Europe Cup had their second and third races of the season on Sunday, racing alongside the Endurance World Championship in the Motorsport Arena in Oschersleben.
Dirk Geiger (14, GER) came out on top in exciting races in the Standard class, whilst Tim Georgi (16, GER) took one tight and one imperious win in the GP class.
Geiger builds a lead in the Standard class
After taking pole in the standard class, Geiger then led every lap of his category despite pressure from those on the chase. Oliver König (15, CZE) took second by only two tenths, with Toni Erhard (16, GER) in P3 once again on the podium - joining Geiger back on the rostrum like in Assen. Simon Jesperson (15, DEN) took fourth, with Philipp Freitag (19, GER) completing the top five.
In the second race, Geiger battled against Jesperson and König as the ADAC Sport Foundation rider fought hard for his second win. Jesperson was forced to settle for second, with König in third followed by Erhard. Freitag once again completed the top five.
After three wins out of three, Geiger leads the standings with 75 points. Erhard is in second on 49, with König in third on 38 after his strong showing in Oschersleben.
GP class: Freudenberg duo fight it out
After Walid Khan Soppe (17, NED) took pole, it was teammate Georgi in the lead in the first race with the two then dueling it out for the win. Georgi took the victory, with Soppe 0.182 seconds back on the ADAC Sport Foundation rider over the line. ADAC NEC rookie Jan-Ole Jähnig (16, GER) completed the podium. Assen winner Ernst Dubbink (28, NED) took P4, with Kevin Orgis (17, GER) completing the top five.
In the second race, Georgi found a faster rhythm and pulled away lap-by-lap to take the win by 14 seconds. Soppe was second once again, ahead of Jähnig – last year’s runner-up in the ADAC Junior Cup powered by KTM. Kevin Orgis and Sasha de Vits (15, BEL) locked out the fastest five.
Georgi is ahead in the standings on 50 points and Jähnig is in second with 45 after good consistency, followed by Kevin Orgis on 44.
After Oschersleben, the ADAC NEC riders are back on track already next weekend as the Cup returns to action alongside WorldSBK at Donington Park, from the 26th to 28th May.
Quotes from the winners:
Dirk Geiger (14, GER), Winner, ADAC NEC Standard:
“My start in the first race was pretty good. The GP riders took off and I tried to follow them and stay behind them, which didn’t work very well. At the beginning it was hard for me to go after them and by mid-race Simon was there and we had a great fight. On the other hand, I saw on my pitboard that the others were getting closer and closer, so I tried to push again. In the end I’m pretty satisfied with my results. With another victory in the standard class in the afternoon, then I was even happier. I’ve had a really good start to the season so far and I hope that it continues. In the second race, the initial laps were similar. Simon and Oliver were able to catch me during the course of the race and we had a great fight for the podium. In the second race it was much more difficult to keep position, with both of them pushing hard and attacking me all the time. Fortunately, I could strike back."
Tim Georgi (16, GER), Sieger, ADAC NEC GP:
"In the first race, I had a pretty good start and I was able to get straight into the lead. Then I tried to find a good rhythm, but after a few laps I also saw that my Freudenberg Racing teammates were right behind me. I tried to stay calm and focus ahead. After a few laps there was some overtaking, but I was able to defend myself and defend against them to the line. I'm really happy and almost was in tears in Parc Ferme - it was very emotional for me to win that extremely competitive race. The second race was a lot better, and my overall feeling was great. I was much faster and only concentrating on keeping my laptimes fast and consistent to the end. I would like to thank my team, my sponsors and my family.”