Kevin Gallas wins the final Hard Enduro Series Germany round in Schwepnitz to secure the inaugural championship title.
1500 spectators enjoyed top class enduro sport in Schwepnitz in Eastern Saxony and witnessed a tight battle to conclude the German Hard Enduro Series in 2018.
It was a long first season of the HardEnduroSeries Germany and one not without problems. Drought and approval problems forced the series management of the championship to compromise at times in this, its first season. However, one of these compromises proved a stroke of luck as the 'Isegrim Enduro' in Schwepnitz was born as a replacement event.
As the final round of the new series, the Isegrim Enduro attracted around 100 riders for the season showdown last weekend and proved a popular race with riders. After the dry events throughout the year ideal sandy conditions presented the riders with an enjoyable on the 4.5km track.
Final race showdown
All the championship contenders lined up on the front row for the final showdown on Saturday where they faced a shorter lap with more extreme enduro elements. Both Gallas and Hentschel still had chance to win the championship and it was Leon who initially took the lead. But a decisive mistake in lap two, which ended in a crash, gave Gallas the chance to take the lead and pull clear.
The Baden-Baden rider was able to increase his speed and grow the advantage in the final laps. After 11 laps he won his first championship title for his new team MH Racing / Endurorides and take the first ever HardEnduroSeries Germany championship.
"I am happy to be premiere champion. Nobody knew before the season what to expect with this new championship. The initial problems were solved quickly, everyone was ready to react to mistakes. It is absolutely top what the team around Denis Günther has organized in such a short time. The series is an absolute enrichment for the Enduro riders in Germany". Such a visibly satisfied Kevin Gallas at the finish.
Leon Hentschel can be happy despite finishing second to Gallas overall. The young rider won the Prolog Award, obviously was second overall and also won the Junior title.
Kevin Gallas as leader after three events had ridden off first for his Prolog lap, followed by Hentschel with both riders still able to take the prologue title. The eyes were immediately focused on the timing and when both crossed the line it was Hentschel who took the lead and won the Prolog Award supported by X-Grip by two seconds.
Marcel Teucher finished third in the prologue stage ahead of guest rider Kevin Nieschalk. After the prologue, the group races started on a 4.5km course with some tricky sections, but also beautiful enduro riding where competitors enjoyed the ride.
The HardEnduroSeries format includes two, 90-minute elimination races where the top 20 from each race progress through to the final afternoon race. Hentschel and Gallas won their respective races on Saturday.
The 2019 HardEnduroSeries Germany season is already planned with first round expected to take place at the end of March in Neuhaus-Schierschnitz. As Patrick Jentsch of Quadpoint Schwepnitz e.V. confirmed, they will also be part of the championship in 2019: "We are absolutely satisfied with the race day. We now also know what the driver's level is and can already start thinking about next year".
Series Manager Denis Günther adds: "It was a great season. The conclusion in Schwepnitz with the many fans was the icing on the cake. Thanks to all the clubs that supported us this year."
Final championship results:
- Kevin Gallas 97 points
- Leon Hentschel 89
- Robert Scharl 80
- Marcel Teucher 59
- Dirk Peter 57
- Tobias Wittek 54
- Louis Richter 47
- Daniel Beck 35
- Paul Huster 26
- Mirko Fabera 25
More information: hardenduro-germany.de
Photo Credit: DG Design/Denis Günther & S.B.Foto/Silvio Bronst