The 3rd round of the 2021 MAXX Formula Championship takes place in the event of the traditional FIA Czech Truck Prix together with the European Nascar Series. Scene of the spectacle is the historic race track, Autodrom Most/CZ, which underwent a profound modernization as the venue also won the bid for this year`s Superbike World Championship.
Limited starter field
Unfortunately, several contenders are not able to attend the MAXX Formula GP in the Czech Republic as their cars are suffering severe damages, which could not be repaired until this weekend, mainly due to lack of resources or missing parts and the correlating challenges with the Corona pandemic. A grid of 10 cars in all three classes finally went out of the pits in the early morning FP1. The weather forecast for the whole race weekend is anything but stable and the first practice started after a rain shower in difficult conditions. As the track dried off quickly, it was Bernd Herndlhofer, who set the pace in FP1. The Austrian pilot, who nailed a new official lap record last year in Most, showed the crowd, that the track is definitely one of his favorites and he mastered the first training only 3 seconds off his lap record time in 2020. P2 went to the current MAXX Formula championship leader Christopher Brenier followed by the Swiss pilot Martin Kindler, who rolled out his F2 Single Seater for the first time onto the Most circuit. Kurt Böhlen (SUI), the experienced Speed Center driver reached P4 and Gilles Brenier followed on P5. Stephan Glaser showed again a great performance and placed his Dallara WSR on top of the Masters Class. The German Indy Car driver Anton Werner acted still a bit cautious in FP1 and finished P7. The only female on the grid, Veronika Jaksch, started her home race weekend also with a careful approach as she did not want to take any risk during the free practice sessions and is focused on preparing herself for the best possible result in the upcoming 2 races. The grid has been completed by Karl-Heinz Becker.
Difficult conditions due to rain in FP2 and FP3
In FP2 the heavy rain inhibited a quick pace and most of the drivers only used this training for some installation laps to collect experience and impressions from the track under quite wet conditions. Even in FP3, light rainfall prevented from a fast session and only towards the end of the practice, the tarmac finally dried off a bit and the drivers, who were still on track for the last couple minutes, greatly improved their lap times. While Bernd Herndlhofer, who had the best pace during the rainy part of the session, went into the pits early, it was Christopher Brenier and Kurt Böhlen, who constantly battled each other for the fastest lap time. Böhlen`s rhythm and his smart approach to attack again in the last lap under much faster conditions, gave him a solid 1,5 sec lead ahead of Christopher Brenier. Despite the fact, that Bernd Herndlhofer (AUT) finished only on P3, he showed the best performance of all pilots during the wet conditions and he is definitely the Nr.1 contender for the race wins on Saturday and Sunday. Anton Werner surprised with an incredible performance in his Indy Car and greatly improved lap times and position and ended up on P4. Right behind him, Martin Kindler placed his F2 on a solid P5. P6 went to Gilles Brenier, who, similar to Karl-Heinz-Becker climbed up several ranks from FP1 to FP3 in the wet. The tricky conditions weren`t a perfect deal for Christian Eicke, Stephan Glaser and Veronika Jaksch, who are hoping for more predictable weather and a dry qualifying Saturday morning.
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