The MAC de Baanbrekers club played host to the fourth round of the Belgian Electric On-road Nationals over the weekend. With the Benelux+ race held a week ago on the same track, every driver was focused and keen to get a good result. The biggest uncertainty would however prove to be the weather. On Sunday morning, everyone was checking the weather apps as heavy showers were expected to appear around 15 p.m. Qualifying got underway on a dry track, but the strong winds made the track very tricky to drive. In the premier Touring Modified class, everyone expected Olivier Bultynck (Awesomatix) to dominate the event. His usually strongest opponent, young Dutch driver Mitchell Van Es (Awesomatix), couldn’t quite get the perfect setup for the changing track conditions and had to settle for P2 in the first qualifier, some eight seconds behind Olivier. Florian Joos (Xray) took a provisional 3rd place. Young Athan De Witte (Yokomo) had been very strong in the practice sessions, but had to retire his car with a diff issue.
In Q2 however, Athan was on fire and was lapping two seconds faster than the provisional pole set by Oli. Athan put down some great laps, but then disaster struck and his car got caught by the strong winds coming onto the main straight. This resulted in a DNF for Athan and in a status quo for the qualifiers. In Q3 he came back with a mission however and promoted himself to a great P2 starting position, relegating Mitchell and Florian respectively to P3 and P4. P5 was occupied by Dutch driver Rick Van den Akker, who was running an Xray.
Before the start of A1, it started to drizzle. Everyone was hoping to get the run done before the heavens opened, but Mitchell had an issue with his drivetrain and requested a ten minutes delay. This caused some frantic action in the pits, as some drivers took their rain car, while others tried to waterproof their dry car. When the cars finally lined up for the start of the race, with Mitchell on P11 according to the rules, the track was damp, but not wet enough for rain tyres. In these difficult conditions, Oli set of in a relentless pace, avoiding the kerbs and wet patches. Behind him, Florian Joos too profit from a spin of Athan to take P2 and was chased hard by Steve Lambrechts (Xray), Rick and a recovering Athan. Florian was running his Hobbywing speedo in sensorless mode to avoid problems with the water and was down on power on the long straights. Athan was lapping faster than everyone else and overtook Rick, Steve and eventually Florian for P2. He set off in pursuit of Olli, but he had the victory in his bag with Athan in P2, followed by Florian, Rick and Steve.
A3 would thus decide the remaining podium spot. Mitchell exploited his newer tyres to the fullest and won A3 in front of Athan, Steve, Florian and Rick. The overall result was Olivier Bultynck (Awesomatix), Mitchell van Es (Awesomatix), Athan de Witte (Yokomo), Florian Joos (Xray), Steve Lambrechts (Xray).