German Hard Enduro produces dramatic Weinberg Xtrem Hamma Enduro win for Kevin Gallas – Leon Hentschel denied victory after course infringement.
Successful Xtrem Hamma HardEnduroSeries Germany round four saw back-to-back wins for Kevin Gallas with Robert Scharl and Leon Hentschel joining him on the podium.
A very dry MX track housed the morning X-Grip Prolog took place on a similar track to the X-Cross event held in Hamma annually in March (the date for the 2020 edition is March 21, 2020).
Kevin Gallas took his first prologue win of the season ahead of Robert Scharl and Leon Hentschel. Fourth was guest driver Florian Görner, normally at home in the German Enduro Championship.
Group race - victories for Gallas and Scharl
Already in the group races the natural terrain at the Hamma showed they would be a difficult test for riders and a real Hard Enduro test. Kevin Gallas dictated the pace in the first group from the beginning with a seven minute lead ahead of Leon Hentschel. Mirko Fabera finished third in front of a brilliant Paul-Erik Huster.
In Group 2 Robert Scharl won a similarly dominant race against the two KTM Sturm riders Florian Görner and Kenny Lötzsch.
Furious final brings controversy
For the final, in which the top 30 from each group race progressed through, the organising club installed tougher elements into the track – the hardest part was a steep downhill over a root with a hill climb directly after.
An artificial obstacle with moving tree trunks in a waterhole also took it out the riders and reminded them of RedBull Romaniacs prologue sections.
Despite sections with some traffic jams, the top pilots mostly found a free track and it was Gallas who took the lead in lap one and grew a 30 second lead.
But on lap three Leon Hentschel suddenly appeared at the front after passing Gallas on one ascent. But it proved to be a less than legitimate lines in the woods after track marshals found Hentschel took advantages where he shouldn’t.
Race director, Jan Hoffmann therefore decided to set a two-minute time penalty for Hentschel who dropped to second despite crossing the line first.
Kevin Gallas as he won the race a week ago: “I found the track the most demanding in the whole HESG calendar so far. The club really did a great job.” Explained Gallas after his race win.
Hentschel took second with Robert Scharl finishing third and continueing to lead the 2019 HESG championship.
Victory for Görner in the Juniors
Florian Görner’s entry into the HESG for this round was immediately rewarded with a victory which brought KTM Sturm Team two victories with Dirk Peter winning the Senior class.
HESG riders now have just one weekend’s rest before the Melz Exdrähm penultimate round on September 15.
Registration for Isegrim Enduro, the final round of HESG 2019, open on September 5, 2019.
More information: HardEnduro-Germany.de
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