Motion Pro Sponsored Paul Holmes Wins European Championship Round in Polandposted Jun 9, 2010
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Wschowa, Poland played host to Round 4 of the tightly contested Goldspeed European Quadcross Championship. HOLMES Racing's reigning champion Paul Holmes showed excellent form throughout the weekend which put him on the podium 3 from 3 races taking the overall win in style.
Saturday's action saw 2 free 30 minutes practice sessions during which Holmes made the final preparation to his HOLMES Racing KTM. The 30 minutes qualifying session which followed saw Holmes go straight to the top of the timing screens with a great lap of 2:09.059. Taking the extremely hot weather conditions into consideration Holmes chose to conserve energy and settle with his lap giving him a 3rd choice of the gate for Sundays racing.
Race 1: Holmes got a good start rounding the first corner in 3rd place. The track was quick, wide and in great condition and Holmes made the most of it, making the pass on Montalbini on lap 2 and heading for the lead. Chasing down early leader Couprie, Holmes set the fastest lap of the race, one of which was the quickest of all three races, and closed the gap. Unfortunately hindered by lapped traffic, late into the second half of the race, Holmes finished in a strong 2nd place, 5 seconds clear of 3rd.
Race 2: Holmes had his work cut out for him rounding the 1st corner in 6th place. With the superb track in prime condition, Holmes made use of the line options and moved into 4th place before lap one was complete. After many battles with other riders, the mid point of the 25 minutes + 2 lap race saw Holmes in 3rd and charging towards the front. After moving into 2nd place with two laps to go Holmes made a pass on Ternynck and continued pushing until the chequered flag taking the race win and valuable championship points.
Race 3: Badly blistered hands meant this was going to be a difficult race but Holmes blanked it out of his mind and took a great holeshot. He pushed 100% but the pain started to get to him at the mid way point. However, he stayed strong enough to take another podium finish of 3rd knowing he had the overall win in the bag.
With the overall 1st place Holmes moves up to 3rd place in the Championship and commented after the days racing:
“The whole weekend for me and the team has been great, we not only took the overall win but got a lot of valuable points to go toward my title defence. Moving to 3rd in the Championship is great and I aim to keep the momentum going and look forward to more great results. The new set-up we have for the Quad is awesome; I really feel dialed in with it and would like to say a big thanks to Wayne at PEP Suspension for all his help. Once again I’d like to say a big thanks to my team and all my great sponsors for their brilliant help and continued support”
Round 4 – Poland – Results
1 – Paul Holmes . . . . . . 67 points
2 – Romain Couprie 64
3 – Jan Vlaeymans 60
4 – Mattieu Ternynck 58
5 – Joe Maessen 49
6 – Nicola Montalbini 43
Championship standings (after 4 of 7 rounds)
1 – Romain Couprie 258 points
2 – Mattieu Ternynck 225
3 – Paul Holmes 194
4 – Jan Vlaeymans 192
5 – Joe Maessen 186
6 – Jason Macbeth 178
Holmes Racing Team