Red Bull Ring: the next round in the championship battle

The BMW M2 Cup is once again travelling abroad following its successful trip to Zolder in Belgium. Rounds seven and eight of the season are set to take place at the Red Bull Ring from 3 to 5 September and should offer plenty of excitement to the fans at the circuit. After all, the top three in the championship all finished on the podium at the Nürburgring.

“Our drivers have really impressed us,” says series manager Jörg Michaelis. “They have delivered action-packed racing and high-calibre motorsport. The fight for the championship is tight too. Our Speed Academy has been a resounding success, with drivers improving race by race. I am looking forward to the rest of the season!”

Louis Henkefend travels to Austria with plenty of motivation: the 21-year-old was second-best to title challenger Fabian Kreim (97 points) at the Nürburgring. In Spielberg, Henkefend will be looking to reclaim the top spot in his BMW M2 CS Racing, trailing Kreim as he does by just two points. However, Nick Hancke will be looking to stamp his authority on the weekend following his maiden victory in the championship at the ‘Ring last time out.

The leading trio may have swept up most of the points at the Nürburgring, but it’s still worth glancing a little further down the field. The next two in the championship table are the oldest and the youngest drivers in the field, with 37-year-old Davit Kajaia fourth thanks to two podiums so far this season and youngster Salman Owega in fifth.

The Red Bull Ring offers a host of exciting features for the drivers. The track is mainly known for its gradients, with maximum inclines of 12 percent and slopes of 9.3 percent. The 4.318 kilometre circuit mixes high-speed sections with 90° corners and should prove to be a significant challenge to the BMW M2 Cup field.

Fans can follow the two races via the official live stream, which is available on the BMW M2 Cup official website together with live timing. Both Saturday and Sunday races are set to start at 11:00, with the BMW drivers able to get used to the circuit and the conditions in free practice and qualifying sessions on Friday.

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