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Who Can Challenge Hirsiger?


Shooting star. The 21-year-old Felix Hirsiger from Erlenbach at the lake of Zurich also left his competitors behind in the second race for the Formula V Swiss Championship. With a top performance he pushed Christoph Holstein from Zug and Fabian Heggli from St. Gallen to 2nd and 3rd place in the final.


With this victory Hirsiger increased his lead in the championship to 22 points - and confirmed the assessment of Formula-V-COO Marco Lauber. Looking ahead to the Sunday race, he said: "Hirsiger has set the standard. He will also be one of the favourites in the other races. You can clearly feel with him that Formula V gives him a second chance in racing. And he absolutely wants to get it."




Felix Hirsiger


This could be felt practically on every meter in the final. Although Hirsiger (based on the starting grid determined by the random generator) came last from the starting grid. But after that he outplayed his whole class. Patiently he waited and cold-blooded he used a collision already in the first lap to take the lead. Soon he led the field by ten seconds - and controlled the race confidently. "The second victory gives me an perfect starting position for the continuation of the championship," he said shortly after the award ceremony.


Like all the other drivers, the finalists were faced with very special challenges in the Racing Lounge in Cham. On the one hand, the summer heat noticeably increased the strain, on the other hand, the technical demands on the circuit of Spa-Francorchamps were high: With a length of seven kilometres, the circuit is longer than anywhere else in Formula 1. And the legendary Eau Rouge combination of curves is a real challenge. In this hilly section you practically drive into no-man's-land which you have to anticipate. For the 32 pilots in the direct elimination this meant: Those who turned too slowly into the long straight had lost the race. But Hirsiger was perfectly prepared for this: "I already knew Spa from a real race, and I knew how demanding the track is.




Fabian Heggli, Shaun Vogel, Felix Hirsiger and Christoph Holstein



Race director Marco Hammer was impressed by the quality oft he racers: "At the top the power density is getting bigger and bigger. You can clearly feel that the top 15 train regularly and improve from lap to lap." Contrary to the first championship run, there were no more disqualifications due to invalid laps.


Hirsiger and Holstein had already manoeuvred themselves into the favourite position in the two semi-finals. In their runs they left Shaun Vogel and Heggli respectively the runner-up position. The Hungarian e-sports professional Benjamin Badér was again without any luck in the competition. In third place in his semi-final, he missed 2.2 seconds to qualify for the final. He finished 6th in the final ranking.



Christoph Holstein, Felix Hirsiger and Fabian Heggli



The success of Hirsiger is also the confirmation for the Scuderia "Allfina Racing" to be on the right track. The first sponsored team had signed the Zurich driver after his premiere victory. The return on investment was not long in coming. And it is quite possible that things will get even better in July. Then the third championship run will take place on the Nürburgring circuit. Says Felix Hirsiger: "I really like this track". This is not good news for his opponents.


Thomas Renggli, Cham



Standings

Round 2 / Spa


Rank

Name

Points

1

Felix Hirsiger

25

2

Christoph Holstein

18

3

Fabian Heggli

15

4

Shaun Vogel

12

5

Roy Ricklin

10

6

Benjamin Badér

8

7

Thomas Schmid

6

8

Rok Mrzel

4

9

Pascal Tschopp

2

10

Roger Marte

1



Overall Standings

30.06.2019


Rank

Name

Points

1

Felix Hirsiger

50

2

Roy Ricklin

28

3

Fabian Heggli

24

4

Christoph Holstein

20

5

Benjamin Badér

18

6

Rok Mrzel

16

7

Simon Benoit

15

8

Shaun Vogel

12

9

Dustin Wüest

6

9

Pascal Tschopp

6

9

Thomas Schmid

6

10

Besnik Murtezi

1

10

Roger Marte

1