Sami-Matti Trogen fourth in RX2 at Höljes
In the RX2 International Series, reigning RX Academy Champion Trogen claimed his fourth, fourth-place finish from five rounds in 2019, just missing out on the podium.
Fighting in traffic during the qualifying races, Trogen set a best time of fourth overall and second fastest of the drivers to run in wet conditions in Q2, but was slowed by damage sustained when he was hit by another competitor in Q3.
Needing a solid drive in the semi-finals to ensure a place in the final, Trogen delivered, but starting on the outside of the grid in the final wasn’t able to improve on his starting position. He lies fifth in the standings.
- It was hard weekend. In qualifying we had lots of bad luck. In Q4 for example there was a lot of traffic the whole time and driving seemed to be impossible. It was so tight in the top ten this weekend, but in the semi-finals we were able to get to second with a good joker lap strategy, then in the final we didn’t have the best starting position and from there it was hard to get onto the podium. Still, the weekend was okay after a difficult start, says Trogen.
- For Sami-Matti there were a lot up ups and downs this weekend. Also, it was not so easy with the changing conditions. I’m really happy with how strong Sami-Matti was in the semi-finals after not such a good qualifying position. We didn’t have the results to show what we can do in qualifying, but he came back in the semis, showed really good speed and fighting spirt there. The starting position wasn’t perfect from the outside in the final and he didn’t have the last bit of speed for the podium but I’m happy with how he ended the weekend, Kalle Pinomäki, SET Promotion RX2 Crew Chief and spotter tells about the weekend.
The next round for the RX2 International Series will join World RX at Loheac in France (August 31 – September 1).
1) Oliver Eriksson 136p
2) Jesse Kallio 122p
3) Fraser McConnell 100p
4) Ben-Philip Gundersen 99p
5) Sami-Matti Trogen 83p