All last weekend the Hungaroring represented e-mobility at its best. In line with the FIM e-Power International Championship and Side Car World Championship e-bikes competed for the championship crown on Hungarian grounds for the first time ever. Eventually, a German got to take home the Champion’s crown: MUENCH Racing Team driver Katja Poensgen.
Defective 12V battery inhibits Himmelman’s victory
A tiny 12V battery was the reason, why this time the MUENCH Racing team did not get to celebrate a classic double at the end of the race. “Sometimes it is really crazy what determines the race,“ says manager Thomas Petsch. “Traction battery, engine, power electronics etc. all perfectly worked but a 12V battery, which you can get in any hardware store failed to operate and caused a electrical surge. It’s really sad for Matthias.”
After the world champion’s unfortunate drop out Katja Poensgen had a walk over and confidently secured the victory for MUENCH. Her only successor was Christian Amend (EPO Bike). The Spanish e-bike (Team LGN) did not make it to the finish line either due to a defect.
In case one is wondering about the sparse number of participants one should look at the Isle of Man. There, the TT Zero took place on Wednesday and ten other e-bike teams participated in the race. For many of them a journey to Hungary was just too near-term. Team spokesmen Ralf Ernst stated: “It really is a great pity that we were not able to participate in the race at Snaefell Mountain but the recurrent Victory of the FIM e-Power racing series is more important to us right now.”
Priority for Intersolar
From June 13th till June 15th the electrifying boys and girls concentrate on their presence at the world’s largest solar fair, the Intersolar. The team can be seen and met at their premium sponsors’ (SCHOTT Solar) booth. Once again they will demonstrate that e-mobility and renewable energy belong together. 2012 Championship Standings