Oschersleben (Germany), Achel (Belgium), 16 May 2023 – After a successful weekend at Hockenheim in April, Ralf Goral from Germany again won both FFR-FOR races for the series second event, at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. With his biggest challengers from Switzerland unable to attend, Goral controlled both races in his Formula Opel, with Jochen Thissen (GER) taking second place twice. George Tomsen (BEL) finished third and Alan Williamson (GBR) fourth in Race 1, only to swap places in Race 2.
The FF2000 class had 8 contenders at Oscherleben, making it the most competitive of the FFR-FOR series. Andreas Menzner (GER) was the fastest in Race 1, with Janik Sadolin (DEN) crossing the line less than half a second later, and Phillip Menzner (GER) finishing as third. In Race 2 Sadolin showed he had paid attention in the first race and took the lead in the FF2000 class right from the start, with Brian Steen (DEN) and Phillip Menzner (GER) finishing as second and third respectively.
In the FF1600 class Klaus Dieter Häckel (GER) was unbeatable in his Van Diemen RF91. Häckel won both races throughout, lapping both Gerhard Hauschulte (GER) who finished second and Roel Mulder (NED) who crossed the line in third position twice.
“For many of our drivers the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben was a new track,” says series coordinator Wilco Ibes. “That meant finding the best set up and gear ratios was a bit of a challenge. However, the weather at Oschersleben was gorgeous and we saw two immaculate races with lots of action and no incidents. The FFR-FOR was even complimented by the race director for the very disciplined driving!” This was confirmed by guest driver Lutz Crackau (GER), who normally competes in the GLPpro. “I had a super weekend with the FFR-FOR. I felt very welcomed by the other drivers. On the track they are very competitive but always with respect for the other contenders. This tastes like more,” Crackau said after Race 2.
“Race events are not just made by the drivers,” continues Wilco Ibes. “Without the race organizers, time keeping, scrutineers, track stewards, as well as fire and ambulance crews, there would be no racing possible.” Therefore the FFR-FOR presented a special trophy for all volunteers that make events such as the City of Magdeburg Trophy possible. The trophy was handed to one of the fire fighters on duty, a gesture that was very much appreciated.
Next stop for the FFR-FOR is the famous Nürburgring, where the series will participate in the ADAC Racing Weekend from 30 June till 2 July.