The Czech rider comes out on top in a five-rider fight for the win at the Sachsenring, with Moor and Luciano joining him on the podium
Jakub Gurecky (JRT Brno Circuit) has done it again! The Czech rider made it four in a row with another impressive win to begin Round 3, although this time it was a different victory. Starting well from pole and fighting it out in a five-rider battle for the podium, the number 59 then pulled the pin with perfect timing to get back onto the top step. Rookie Rossi Moor (FAIRIUM Next Generation Riders Team) took his first NTC podium in second as the Hungarian finds his feet, with Lorenz Luciano (Junior Black Knights Team) in the fight once again and the Belgiian taking third.
Gurecky got the best start from pole, taking the the holeshot and making an early statement on his dry weather pace. Five riders started to pull away in a front group straight away though and he couldn't escape: Gurecky, Moor, Luciano, Jacopo Hosciuc (Hos Racing Team) and Kas Beekmans (Team KNMV), with that seemingly set to decide the podium even early on.
Gurecky and Moor seemed to have an edge at times, the two initially the duo to watch, but the group remained steadfast as they headed three or four wide into the first corner and down the stunning Sachsenring waterfall. Positions switched, one would lose ground and another fight back - and then was one brief moment of slight contact between Hosciuc and Luciano too, before it was elbows out down the straight to boot. But it would remain a five-rider fight to the flag.
On the last lap, however, Gurecky made sure he'd be the one leading that battle over the line. The Czech rider pulled the pin to perfection to suddenly create some breathing space, then holding on for the rest of the lap to cross the line ahead for an incredible fourth win in a row. Moor took second after shadowing the number 59 for much of the race, that the Hungarian's first podium and a better reward for his impressive debut, with Luciano taking third.
That leaves Beekmans just off the podium in fourth, but it's nevertheless one of his best rides yet, and Hosciuc will be looking for more on Sunday as he completed the top five after a podium here last year. The battle for sixth just behind saw Kevin Farkas (FAIRIUM Next Generation Riders) edge out Niklas Kitzbichler (Racing-Team-Kitzbichler), with Stepan Zuda (Motoracing23 Klub V ACR), Jonas Kocourek (JRT Brno Circuit) and Tibor Varga (Forty Racing) close on the chase to complete the top ten.
That's it for our first fully dry NTC race of the season, and if the grid were hoping Gurecky only knew how to make magic in the rain, they've been corrected. The Czech rider now has well over a race win's worth of points in hand as an advantage in the standings too... so can he be stopped in Race 2? We'll find out at 16:30 (GMT +2).