The third event of the North European Championship started off under heavy rain. In the free practice session Atte Mustonen was 4th, very close to the top 3, while Johnny Cecotto and Tomi Limmonen remained outside of the top 10.

On Saturday qualifying went on under dry conditions. Atte did well, with a 3rd and 4th place on the grid. The setup changes done to Johnny’s car for dry conditions didn’t work as expected and he could only manage a 7th and 10th place, compromising his chances of a top result. Tomi qualified 17th and 18th and was left with a lot to do during the races in order to move up the field.

It looked like the weather would stay dry for the first race, but heavy rain started to fall as the cars were on the pre-grid. Most drivers opted to change to wet tires, but at the front Mustonen and Chris van der Drift, who was on pole, stayed on slicks. This proved to be a bad decision, as they both lost a lot of places in the start. Atte did the best he could during the race and came home in 10th place.

Cecotto lost a lot of time to the front runners in the first laps, as he was locked in battle with other cars. When he had a clear track in front of him he put in a series of very consistent laps, and was able to catch up with the drivers in front. Unfortunately it was too late for overtaking, and he finished 6th, just behind Helmert van der Slik and Brendon Hartley.

Tomi Limmonen was having a good race, and was already in the Top 10 when he spun off.

The Sunday race was pretty much decided on the first lap for the 3 Koiranen bros. Motorsport drivers:

Atte had a superb start and was leading the field going into the first corner. He ran wide, unfortunately, and lost a lot of places. He finished the race in 6th place.

Johnny also got into trouble in the first corner, as his front wing was broken by a spinning car. He did a great job keeping the damaged car on the track during the entire race, was still able to overtake two cars and finished 8th.

Tomi had a jump start, and received a drive-through penalty for it, ending his chances of a good Sunday result.

From Germany the team goes almost directly to The Netherlands, where the 4th round of the North European Championship will take place in the high speed track of Zandvoort.

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