Yury Belevskiy was on commanding form once more in Euro RX3 at Höljes last weekend (20-22 August), although last year’s highest scorer was again pushed hard by young rookie Kobe Pauwels, who battled back from misfortune in a similar Volland Racing Audi A1.
Belevskiy secured a clean sweep of the qualifying stages, won his semi-final and led from lights-to-flag in the final, but that failed to tell the full story, as Pauwels recovered from an engine-related retirement in Q4 to make a demon start from the back row of the grid in the final and haul himself into contention.
The Belgian teenager’s quest for a remarkable victory was foiled by late joker Jan Černý, leaving him half-a-second adrift of Belevskiy at the close, but his performance was nevertheless another indicator that he will be a force to be reckoned with this season. Marat Knyazev completed the rostrum finishers in third, with Škoda ace Černý the top non-Audi driver in fourth.
Full results can be found here