The Top 3 in Berlin: Michael Niemas, Frank Biela and Oliver Schmidt
It wasn’t just Formula E that made an electrifying appearance at the former Berlin-Tempelhof airport last weekend: The first appearance of RCCO at a Formula E event inspired the fans. In a breath-taking final, the five-time Le Mans winner and former DTM champion Frank Biela clinched the first victory for the Schaeffler Vision RCCO.
Third race, third winner
After KTM and Volkswagen, Schaeffler has entered the RCCO winners’ list with its Vision RCCO prototype e-sports-car. At the Formula E event in Berlin, Frank Biela prevailed with the Schaeffler Vision RCCO in a photo finish with only a 0.063-second advantage over Michael Niemas (KTM). Oliver Schmidt (also KTM) completed the podium. Volkswagen driver Daniel Bäumler defended his table lead with fourth place. “That was incredibly exciting,” said Biela after the spectacular finale of the top six. “For all the drivers, until the very last lap there was everything to play for. The fact that I just managed to cross the line as the victor here at the Schaeffler employee event is obviously perfect.”
Great appearance at the Formula E event
The ‘big small’ racing series had a great appearance at the world's first electric racing series during a Schaeffler employee event. Under the eyes of Schaeffler board members and many prominent guests, the newly formed team Schaeffler Racing by Biela celebrated its first victory in the RCCO. Already during practice, the two Schaeffler Vision RCCO E sports car prototypes of the Biela team had set the tone. Youngster Luca Müller took pole position and, like his prominent teammate, made it straight into the final of the best six after a great preliminary round. Since RCCO’s record-champion Thomas Voigt won his heat with his Schaeffler Audi R8 e-tron, all three Schaeffler-supported drivers were represented in the final. While Biela won and Müller took fifth place, the 10-minute race for Voigt ended prematurely: After leading for a long time, his Audi lost the engine mounting screw. This catapulted the R8 e-tron one lap later spectacularly off the track. The electronically controlled switch of the digital Slotfire circuit even caught fire. Oliver Schmidt from the team PROTOTYP-Shell even burnt his fingers. Pure action!
Daniel Bäumler remains table leader
Fourth place went to Daniel Bäumler from the team Volkswagen Motorsport-Das Kartell and he defends his lead in the overall rankings of the ‘big small’ racing series. For the TV editor of WeltN24, the home race in Berlin did not however go quite as planned. Due to a defective light module, the Volkswagen driver almost missed all of free practice. After second place in the preliminary round, Bäumler had to qualify for the final round in the B final. Better than fourth was unfortunately not possible. “Unfortunately, the car was too slow all day,” Bäumler reported.
KTM strong again
With KTM, Volkswagen and Schaeffler, three different manufacturers have won the first three RCCO races of the season. The KTM X-BOW Vision RCCO of the teams Shell-PROTOTYP and PROTOTYP-Shell again made a very strong impression in Berlin. Michael Niemas was only just beaten by Frank Biela in the final. Oliver Schmidt won the B Final and took third place in the final, making sure two KTM drivers stood on the podium in Berlin. Heading to the Audi DTM Challenge at the Norisring, Schmidt is the best KTM driver, only five points behind leader Daniel Bäumler.
Final without ABT and Lamborghini
Only ABT and Lamborghini did not make it into the finals of the top six in Berlin. Eldert Hedden was the seventh best driver with a Lamborghini Centenario RCCO. “The car felt stiff,” said the driver from Joest Racing team. “But the event in Berlin was still great. Thanks a lot for this!” Best driver of an ABT Vision RCCO was Frank Wilke in ninth place. Little consolation: Formula E driver Daniel Abt watched the RCCO race, took a photograph with the ABT Vision RCCO and happily gave autographs.
Ben Warnecke wins #VisionRCCO Cup
The #VisionRCCO Cup premiere was celebrated in Berlin. From now on, six identical Schaeffler Vision RCCOs will be available in the colours of six series partners for all drivers. The victory in Berlin was clinched by youngster Ben Warnecke at the trigger of the yellow Shell racer.
Next race at the DTM
After ‘RCCO meets Formula E’, the next highlight will be on the agenda in just under three weeks: On 30 June, the ‘big small’ racing series will be at the Norisring with the DTM. The six Audi DTM drivers will deliver fierce duels at the trigger of the six Schaeffler Vision RCCO Cup racing cars. In the team of Berlin-winner Frank Biela competing in Nuremberg is the American Gary Hassler, who with his company Liquid Ice among other things supplies the cooling vest for Ferrari Formula 1 star Kimi Räikkönen and supports Audi driver Nico Müller in the DTM.