Zolder has to be one of the best names for a race circuit ever. It is one of the worlds more dangerous tracks, famous for its tight bends and fast straights. It's had a troubled history with numerous accidents and even fatalities, but steady improvements have made it safer. Today, it's a highly competitive course that will really test the field's handling and braking skills, especially on the very tricky Terlamenbocht bend and Kleine chicane.
Howler's Grammin "Stonefoot" Wondersley took first place once more having been pestered by the Chullu RS of Buddy Fetus for most of the race, though he had to fend off the Scarab Flare of Eric Olsen right to finish line, with one particularly dramatic scrap on lap 16 through the Jacky Ichxbocht.
There was plenty of action regarding positions 4 to 9, with the ErinSport car only just coming out on top. It played tag with the Zavir Luna on laps 4 and 5, while the Komodo watched from behind. Yudi Tan had a tough old time in his Taipan, suffering quite a few knocks, contrasting starkly to the very clean race of the Infinity and the Baltazar who gave us plenty of gentlemanly competition throughout the race.
Mr Light Speed of Cornaldie and Blaithin Riordan of JHW dueled it out once more and placed their young teams well. The two have become the de-facto underdogs of the season, especially with how they got in the way of some other, more established teams during this race. IDSport, Bamtech and Sachiuri came in close behind, with Bamtech's Bayley MacKenzie getting his team some points for the first time this season in a very competent show here.
Gamma and MSR round off the point positions, both teams running somewhat rough races and both being challenged by this difficult track. KHT's Miles Phillips and Andrea Colciago of STF came very close to crashing a few times, to the benefit of the crowds who lapped up the drama. It was a similar story with the Merciel and the Bogliq, the former of whom very nearly understeered into a wall round the infamous Kleine chicane whilst battling Loan Fierar in his bright blue Bogliq.
Kimura and Nimessa seemed rather isolated compared to the rest of the field, but they still provided plenty of action. Further behind them came Aaron "Viper" Montanya in the Solo, who was practically on his own all race. Sabre and Ecamobile once again clashed at the back of the pack, with the latter loosing his front splitter after being forced over the kerbs on Terlamenbocht by the former car. Contendiente's Heckler Kraut challenged them a few times, but couldn't match their pace.
The standings after Race 3 are as follows.
Howler, JET and Smooth top the board in a league of their own, while behind them the points dissipate quickly. Positions 10 to 14 are shaping up to be the most interesting over the next few races.