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Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors wins EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy

Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors wins EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy

25/06/2017 19:47

Fifth past the finish line at the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring, Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC snatched the Superstock victory in Slovakia and carried off the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy for the first time, winning a €4,000 cash prize. The squad triumphed over AM Moto Racing Compétition and Tati Team Beaujolais Racing at the 1st edition of the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring.

Having emerged as the leading contender to win the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy just over halfway into the race on the Slovakia Ring, Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC also won a superb duel in the closing stages. With Stefan Kerschbaumer, Jan Bühn and Julian Puffe riding, the German team’s BMW #48 was 5th past the finish line, snatching the Superstock victory from Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences – though the latter won the FIM EWC 2016-2017 World Cup after the final Superstock race of the season in Slovakia.

AM Moto Racing Compétition finished 11th overall and won the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy’s €3,000 runner-up cash prize. Alexandre Ayer and Jonathan Hugot completed the race as a two-man team on the French squad’s Kawasaki ZX-10R.

Another Kawasaki-mounted French team rounded off the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy podium in Slovakia. Tati Team Beaujolais Racing (Julien Enjolras, Dylan Buisson and Kevin Denis) finished 13th despite a crash early on in the race, pocketing the €2,700 cash prize awarded to the second-runner up in the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy.

The other prize-winners at the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring were Poland’s Wójcik FHP YART Racing Team, French teams Moto 39 Compétition and Moto Ain CRT, and Slovakian squads Maco Racing 2 and Motomaxx Racing Team.

The EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy – renewed this season by FIM EWC promoter Eurosport Events, the organizers of individual FIM EWC races and tyre manufacturer Dunlop – gives backing to Dunlop-shod private teams that do not benefit from direct support from a manufacturer.

8 Hours of Slovakia Ring 2017
EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy final standings

EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy Highlights

Tension is running high as the final 10-day countdown to the 24 Heures Motos begins. 60 teams will be in Le Mans for the second round of the 2017-2018 FIM EWC. The stakes are high, as the first team past the finish line on Sunday 22 April stands to collect up to 60 points.

Tension is running high as the final 10-day countdown to the 24 Heures Motos begins. 60 teams will be in Le Mans for the second round of the 2017-2018 FIM EWC. The stakes are high, as the first team past the finish line on Sunday 22 April stands to collect up to 60 points.

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YART Yamaha wound up the 24 Heures Motos tests on a very encouraging note. The factory-backed Austrian team was the only one to complete a lap of the Bugatti circuit in under 1’37.

F.C.C. TSR Honda France dominated the first day of pre-testing for the 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans. Despite the rain, 50 of the 60 teams entered for the second round of the FIM EWC were on the Bugatti circuit.

With five constructors and three tyre manufacturers running neck and neck, the outcome of the 24 Heures Motos is anyone’s guess. A look at the favourites to win the 41st edition at Le Mans on 21 and 22 April.

With four months to go for the Suzuka 8 Hours, the Japanese factory teams are already gearing up for the action. Following Honda’s announcement that official team HRC is returning to Suzuka, Kawasaki has revealed that Jonathan Rea will be back with Team Green.