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Coppa Mille - Nurburgring -Season Finale - 2008-11-03
Cold, wet and a very slick track. This is the kindest description that competitor Henk van Herk had for the conditions at Nurburgring this last weekend.
The Abarth Coppa Mille Series wound up its season with the November 1,2 race weekend at Nurburgring. The two races, events 11 and 12, brought a fitting end to what was an exiting race year. Of course Nurburgring is known for its changing weather, being located in the Eifel mountains, and the weekend was overcast and threathening. For the race weekend the temperature was predicted to be in the low 50s during the day and about 4 degrees above freezing overnight. Getting tires up to temperature was going to be a real problem.
Several competitors made the trip to Nurburgring for the season finale who had not competed much in 2008. This included Henk van Herk in his 1000TC from Holland and Hubert Nagl in the ex-Doehring 1000TC from Germany. Hubert's car is interesting in that it has full hand controls, as he is paralyzed from the waist down. It also showed the great cameradirie in the Coppa Mille series as several competitors pitched in to help him change tires when the rains came.
The events of the weekend unfolded with all the competitors ready to go out for the first practice. Of course, just as they went out, the rains came down, with all on SLICKS. It did not help that a previous track session had left a great deal of dirt on the track, from previous off-course excursions, which now turned wet slippery patches. Bram Paardenkoper was one of the first victims of the wet conditions, going off on lap two, at the end of the start/finish straight. Apparently the slicks just would not stop the car and he scooted straight across the "kitty litter" and into the tire barrier. His car will need at least a headlight alignment on the left front corner.
Race one was flagged off with a wet track, although it was not raining. Two of Scuderia Topolino customers were fortunate to have intermediate tires with them, and Henk van Herk and Joop Schouten were soon at the front of the field. Henk had a particularly good start, passing about 10 cars before the first corner. Race organizer Klaus Kleber also had a good start, however a short while later his slicks let him down and he spun in front of a fast approaching NSU. Even though he was t-boned by the NSU he was able to continue in this race and also ran in the second race later in the day. Joop Shouten also did very well as in race one, as he and Henk ended up finishing 1-2 in Division 2. Another Scuderia Topolinp customer, Andre van Koeveringe, even though he was on slicks managed to stay out of trouble and eventually finished 3rd in Division 2.
Division 4, for cars with 4 port cylinder heads, saw one of the regular runners either already out of action. This gave Bernhard Heinrich a well deserved win in this division.
Before this last race the overall championship standings were VERY close with only one point seperating Ingo Knappe (Div4) and Mathias Meyer (Div 3). I have not heard how each of them did at Nurburgring but will update this report when the final results are available.