Heat and drama at Oschersleben
The race at Oschersleben got off to a particularly heated and eventful start. Three hours into the race, YART Yamaha Official EWC Team has taken a major lead, a full lap ahead of GMT94 Yamaha and two laps ahead of Suzuki Endurance Racing Team.
YART Yamaha Official EWC Team had made its ambitions clear before the start, and is pursuing them with a clear lead three hours into the race. After Vincent Philippe’s holeshot for Suzuki Endurance Racing Team and his duel for the lead with Gregg Black riding the Team April Moto Motors Events Suzuki, GMT94 Yamaha’s David Checa and YART Yamaha Official EWC Team’s Broc Parkes waged a fratricidal battle for the win. YART Yamaha Official EWC Team has steamed on ahead to widen the gap. Meanwhile, Penz13.com BMW Motorrad and its two riders Kenny Foray and Lukas Pesek are holding on to 4th place.
The race got off to a very eventful start. Gregory Leblanc, who’d kept Team SRC Kawasaki in 5th place, had to return to the pits after only five laps because of engine failure. Then Gregg Black’s crash slowed the Team April Moto Motors Events Suzuki’s steady progress; the team has dropped back to 16th place. Gianluca Vizziello’s crash on the Team Bolliger Switzerland Kawasaki got the safety cars out for the first time in the race. An overheating track and engine failure caused a number of crashes, including Superstock leader Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors and Honda Jacskon Racing.
Three hours into the race the top Superstock, Team 3Art Yam’Avenue, is lapping superbly in 5th place ahead of two other Superstock teams, Tati Team Beaujolais Racing and AM Moto Racing Compétition.
Other teams have had mechanical issues, like F.C.C. TSR Honda, while problems with the electrics have slowed down Junior Team Le Mans Sud Suzuki.
The Oschersleben 8 Hours race finish is scheduled for 10pm.