An up and down in Spain: Yamanaka in P11, Salac crashes

The CarXpert PrüstelGP Team finishes the Aragon GP with Ryusei Yamanaka on 11th position – Filip Salac crashes in the second lap and must retire from the race.

The race Sunday was an up and down for the CarXpert PrüstelGP team. The two riders of the German team, Filip Salac and Ryusei Yamanaka, started the race from positions 11 and 27 – just after the start Salac already had to overcome the first difficult situation: the Czech skilfully managed to save a highsider and rejoined the tight field of riders in 17th position, before starting his race to catch up. He was already back in 6th position on the second lap. However, on the 17th corner of the second lap, Salac lost his front wheel and crashed – although uninjured, he was unable to continue the race.

While Salac returned to the box early, Ryusei Yamanaka once again showed a strong performance on race Sunday: the Japanese rider moved up to 20th place after an incident right at the beginning of the race and marked his presence with the fastest lap time after two laps. After seven laps he further increased his pace and made up place after place until he finally crossed the finish line in eleventh.

A pleasing end for Ryusei Yamanaka, while Filip Salac sees the weekend as a learning and focuses on the next race, which will already take place on September 19 at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli (Italy). 

Filip Salac #12 (DNF):

“The race Sunday is over – and the result is disappointing for me. I was able to save the highsider well after the start and quickly got back into the race despite this difficult situation. So I was able to make up some places, but at the end of the second lap I lost the front. I’m extremely sorry for the team, which gave me a bike with which I could actually have finished on the podium. However, I am now even more excited that the next race will take place in just one week. I know that the work with the team works extremely well and that we are able to ride at the very top.”

Ryusei Yamanaka #6 (P11):

“I felt great on the bike. However, at the beginning of the race I had a duel and went off the track – so I had to catch up the field from the very back. I managed that well, though, and if it hadn’t been for that first incident, I guess I could have been right up there with the front groups. I’m glad that I’m obviously able to push hard again after the injury and that I’m also able to win battles. Now I’m looking forward to the race in Misano – I’m glad to be able to attack again in just one week’s time.”

Florian Prüstel, Teammanager:

“The weekend got off to a great start, the weather was top and we were able to work very well with both drivers from the start. Filip showed good progress in practice and his performance in Q1 on Saturday gave him a good starting position for the race. In the race he gave everything – even though he unfortunately crashed the weekend showed us that we are on the right track with Filip. The work with him and the team is running perfectly and we are competitive. With Ryusei we always struggle a bit in practice and qualifying. The fact that he then has to roll up the field from behind in the race doesn’t make it easy for him. But he keeps fighting his way through the field, which always impresses us. Now we’ re heading off to Misano. We are all very much looking forward to the next race, which is already in a week’s time. Once again I would like to thank partners and fans for the support at home and right at the track!”

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