Barth and Quintarelli win in the Eifel
Sven Barth won the fifth round of the Formula Volkswagen supported by ZF Sachs at the Nürburgring from Bastian Kolmsee and Ronnie Quintarelli. One day later, Quintarelli won from Jeff Raach, who had made the right tyre choice on the drying track. Sven Barth came home in third place.
In qualifying, Ronnie Quintarelli set the fastest time at the reconstructed Grand
Prix-track of the Nürburgring with 1.59.427 minutes. Second fastest, Sven Barth,
was no less than 0.747 seconds down on Quintarelli. Third on the grid was Bastian Kolmsee from Christian Gratl, Daniel la Rosa and Elran Nijenhuis.
5th round (Saturday, July 20):
Quintarelli used his good starting position and took the lead at the start of the race.Sven Barth attacked on the first corner, but the Italian defended his position. On lap two, Barth’s attempts were successful: he outbraked Quintarelli and took the lead. Shortly after, Kolmsee and Christian Gratl also overtook the Italian. Once on the lead, Barth could pull a little bit clear of second-placed Kolmsee. Meanwhile, Gratl, Quintarelli and Daniel la Rosa had a great fight for third place. Soon, Marvin Bylitza and Elran Nijenhuis also closed up to this group of three. These two drivers staged the most fascinating duel of the race: Nijenhuis attacked several times, but only found a way to pass on the final lap after a little driving error by Bylitza. Out in front, all was clear: Sven Barth won from his team-mate Kolmsee and Quintarelli.
6th round (Sunday, July 21):
Because the track was still wet after a rain shower, the majority of the competitors opted for slick tyres. At the start, Sven Barth took the lead from Quintarelli. The latter however drove on slicks, which initially was rather a disadvantage on the wet track. Thus, Gratl soon took over second place, followed by Daniel la Rosa, Bastian Kolmsee and Eric Groes. Initially, Barth completed his laps without any problems, but as the track dried off, he lost more and more time on the competition. Ronnie Quintarelli had luck on his side: his decision for slick tyres proved to be right. Christian Gratl briefly led on lap seven, but then Quintarelli took the lead and drove victory home in a dominant way. With Jeff Raach and Jarno Unland, two further drivers on slicks made it onto the podium. Later, however, Unland was disqualified after a report from the technical scrutineers. Thus, Sven Barth became third.
Result 5th round Nürburgring, July 20, 2002 (14 laps)
1. Sven Barth (Gorxheimertal/D) in 28.08.644 min.
2. Bastian Kolmsee (Wiehl/D) 0.382 behind
3. Ronnie Quintarelli (Italy) 6.817
4. Daniel La Rosa (Hanau/D) 8.648
5. Christian Gratl (Italy) 14.637
6. Elran Nijenhuis (Netherlands) 17.719
7. Michael Stephen (South-Africa) 18.975
8. Florian Stoll (Rickenbach/D) 22.693
9. Marko Nevalainen (Finland) 23.366
10. Eric Groes (Belgium) 29.822
Fastest lap: Sven Barth in 1.59.574 min = 154.749 km/h
Result 6th round Nürburgring, July 21, 2002 (13 laps)
1. Ronnie Quintarelli (Italy) in 28.34.005 min.
2. Jeff Raach (Luxemburg) 49.800 behind
3. Sven Barth (Gorxheimertal/D) 1.05.696
4. Marvin Bylitza (Marl/D) 1.10.900
5. Eric Groes (Belgium) 1.12.446
6. David Croes (Belgium) 1.23.223
7. Christian Gratl (Italy) 1.26.347
8. Marko Nevalainen (Finland) 1.28.468
9. Giorgio Sanna (Italy) 1.38.854
10. Daniel la Rosa (Hanau/D) 2.04.219
Fastest lap: Ronnie Quintarelli in 2.04.732 = 148.350 km/h
1. Ronnie Quintarelli 140 points
2. Sven Barth 121
3. Daniel la Rosa 116
4. Florian Stoll 93
5. Chritstian Gratl 91
6. Bastian Kolmsee 75