|Overall qualification results of European Championship 2007:|
1. Teemu Leino – XRAY NT1
2. Oscar Cabezas
3. Jilles Groskamp – XRAY NT1
4. Alessio MazzeoSemi-finalists:
5. Darren Johnson
6. Adrien Bertin
7. Giuseppe D Angelo
8. Mark Green
9. Juanito Hidalgo
10. Josue Artiles
11. Daniel Tomaschko
12. Francesco Tironi
13. Michael Salven
14. Martin Christensen
15. Javier Hidalgo
16. Martin Hudy – XRAY NT1
17. Niki Duina – XRAY NT1
18. Helge Johannessen – XRAY NT1
The Nitro Touring Car European Championship 2007 is the very first European Championship for the Team XRAY and despite being the novice the Team XRAY has showcased the full potential of the talented XRAY drivers and the unbeatable performance of the XRAY NT1. In the qualifications it was Teemu Leino who was unbeatable and won two qualifiers few seconds before the second position assuring him and the Team XRAY the TQ title. Jilles Groskamp, who was unlucky in the first day of qualifiers, outperformed the rest of the crowd in the last qualifiers too and set 3rd overal best result finishing just 0.5sec behind the second position, assuring the second XRAY NT1 starting position in the final.
Despite the 2007 European Championship is the first Championship for the Team XRAY and the NT1 was introduced just 4 months ago it was a huge but very gratifying surprise when the XRAY NT1 has become the most favourite and most trusted nitro touring car brand at this race and the NT1 has been choice of most of the drivers at this European Championship.
The Team XRAY did the very best efforts during the practice and qualifiers and during the whole week was at the pace both in practice and qualifiers and as such received the well deserved TQ title.
Teemu Leino said just after the last qualifiers:
“I am very for the TQ and I am also very happy that I won the first and last qualifiers so it was not about the luck but about the overall consistent performance. I am also pleased that my overal result is few seconds before the second position so I am very satisfied with myself and the result. To achieve this I have worked very hard the whole week and yesterday during the three qualifiers I have always changed the set-up a bit to understand what will work in which conditions and for today I have decided for the best set-up that worked for me yesterday and from the very first seconds on the track today I knew I have good set-up and can push the car.
The car was very good for me the whole week so I was very confident in the car so I always made just very few small changes. The XRAY tires have worked for me in all conditions and today in the morning the car has so much grip and was really stable an fast so I could easily push to the maximum and try to achieve the best result. The engine and clutch were also very reliable and good so my overal performance was very good.
I was very calm the whole 5 minutes and drove very safely. If nothing will change for tomorrow I am very confident in the car, engine and myself so I will try to do my very best. Hopefully I will get good luck too.
I want to thanks first of all to Juraj for an excellent car, big thanks to the whole XRAY support team for very good support during the whole event. Thanks to Adrien for making my engine and thanks to Oscar for being a good mechanic to me.”
Jilles Groskamp’s comments after the qualifiers:
Yesterday evening I had a bad luck with the engine stop but my car worked very good so I just kept the car like it was with the same tires for today’s last qualifiers and it was really good decision for me. After changing the engine I was very confident once I hit the track as the car handled very well with plenty of traction and the engine performance was really good. During the whole 5 minutes I tried to push as much as possible but I could not afford to make any small mistake as I needed a really good result to secure me at least semi final position. During the race I felt very very comfortable with the car and with the performance so later on I pushed a bit more but still was very carefull when I was passing other cars. At the end when I passed the finish line my mechanic told me that I finished with 08 seconds and I was just super happy as I knew that this secured me direct final position.
Now after the qualifications I am really very satisfied and happy with my result and especially I am happy that I have direct final placement so I can rest tomorrow and fully concentrate just for the final. I am very happy for my team mate
Teemu for taking the TQ and I am very proud that our team did such a great result at the very first Euros. For tomorrow I just need a good luck and to have the engine working the whole 45 minutes and I will do my very best.”
Source : Xray