RLR BMW GT Challenge: Podium at the Nurburgring for the AQIRYS pair

Following the Suzuka opener, both West Competition Racing crews knew they had to train hard and find a suitable setup for the one-hour dash at the Nurburgring. Alex Cascatău racked up the miles and worked towards the optimal balance, finding the middle groud with Victor Nicolae to mitigate their driving style discrepancies. Qualifying was somehow underwhelming for their ambitions (P4), while Cezar Toader was the chosen one to qualify the Textar eSports car (P8).

Fortunes further twisted at the start, as Victor Nicolae tagged a rival into a spin in Turn 2 and dropped down to ninth. He recovered through some inspired moves to pass the AQIRYS car in P3 to Cascatău in the pits. The fight went on, as Alex prevailed over second place and went on to chase the leader in some heavy traffic. He slashed the deficit from five seconds to a mere two, but a subsequent penalty for the lap one incident demoted the #12 pair to third place. Luckily, it was still ahead of their main championship rivals.

On the other side of the garage, it was an inspired start for Cezar Toader, as he swerved to avoid the spinning cars and rose up immediately to P4. He fought hard against the Smart Driving car, then lost some time in the pits. Mihai Rusu took over and made three crucial overtakes against Neagu, Prepeliță and Zanfir to end up fifth.

The WCR cars are currently third (AQIRYS Racing, 27,5p) and fourth (Textar eSports, 18p) in the standings ahead of Round 3 at Bathurst in two weeks time.

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