Wunderlich MOTORSPORT: Kern & Höfer share BoxerCup victories in Most
August 13, 2019
(PresseBox) ( Sinzig,19-08-13)
The fourth season station in the BMW Motorrad BoxerCup promoted by Wilbers marked the sixth and seventh races for the Wunderlich MOTORSPORT BMW R nineT Racer Christof “Fifty” Höfer # 73 and Nate “N8!” Kern # 12. Both were able to win one victory on the Czech piste of the Automotodrom Most.
In the first qualifying session on Friday evening, Kern immediately secured pole position on his new piste. In 1: 47.627 minutes, he stayed close to four tenths of a second ahead of his teammate and fiercest opponent “Fifty” Höfer.
A renewed exchange of blows in the second qualifying session on Saturday did not take place: due to the onset of rain, closed down the team did not take any unnecessary risks and waited for the race.
The first run on Saturday night took place on a drying track and at the start there were some critical wet spots on the track. While Höfer was playing safe as championship leader with rain tires, Kern saw his chance and attacked slicks. At the end of the American should win sovereign, Höfer brought his R nineT in fifth place finish.
The second race for the BoxerCup in Most was once again a classic from Wunderlich MOTORSPORT. Kern and Höfer fought their duel over the victory with the knife between their teeth – and it was decided at the end of a blink of an eye. Höfer won with 0.030 seconds ahead of Kern.
In the championship table has caught up on Höfer core, which is with 156 points in the account by 26 counters in front of the Americans. 100 points are still to be awarded at the last two season stations in Assen in the Netherlands and at the finale at the Hockenheimring.
“It was a very nerve-racking weekend. It started on a solid Friday – I wanted to be a bit closer to Nate after the first qualifier, but he put in an extremely strong middle sector, which I could not fault. But I knew where to do my homework. Unfortunately, the Q2 was wet on Saturday and we decided as a team to drop that out. In the first race we had mixed conditions and unfortunately I put on the wrong tire – I almost crashed twice and then just carried the bike to the finish in order not to write a zero. On Sunday it was perfect conditions, hot weather – and Nate and I were hot with no end. And then we fought, very hard, but fair. It then went to 0, 03 out – the pendulum could well have been happy to beat in his direction. I thank everyone involved. Our little angel up there in the sky. My mother, my grandmother and everyone from home and the whole team in general, for the awesome work. I’m really touched right now. ”
“Absolutely fantastic weekend! I felt good on all days, had no jet lag and my batteries were pretty much 100 percent full. In the first free practice session, after just three laps, I immediately realized that this is a track for me. So I immediately overtook Fifty and focused on myself, not wanting to look at any bad habits he may have in mind from other days. Yesterday the victory, today we thought long and hard and I was ready. I think we changed the lead five or six times on twelve laps. I then stayed behind it and let him have a small lead. Then I attacked, did my homework. I knew I had to start clean the penultimate turn, to get a better drive on start-finish. But then I went into the rev limiter, just a few milliseconds – but that was two meters and that was the difference between us in the finish. ”
Frank Hoffmannn (
Team Manager Wunderlich MOTORSPORT): “With mixed conditions, Saturday was just a gamble that Nate had with his experience a bit better in his grasp and won sovereignly. Nevertheless, Fifty has done everything right and taken fifth again important points for the championship. On Sunday again the classic between the two: Actually, we should have gotten used to this season already, how close and hard it goes between the two, but this time it was so extremely close to the end – because it would have the other way round can go out. We are on a good way with both drivers in terms of the championship, but no preliminary decision has yet been made. Neither of the two must now allow themselves a mistake, because the competition has moved up. ”