Vogl wins German Indoor Masters


Maxi Vogl wins German Open Indoor Masters

Shepherd youngster Maxi Vogl won the German Open Indoor Masters 1/8th scale class for the third time in a row while team boss Patrick Schäfer placed 2nd in the 1/10th scale class. The race took place at “Faszination Modellbau” fair in Friedrichshafen in the very South of Germany close to Austria and Switzerland attracting nearly 80 drivers in both classes. Qualifying in the 1/8th scale class was very close as Maxi was ranked second missing the TQ by only 0,1 sec with a gap of 0,2 sec to the third placed driver. Also Patrick Schäfer qualified 2nd in front of his new team mate Bernd Rausch at his first race for Shepherd. Austrian Shepherd racer Gerhard Kandelhart piloted his V10 to the 4th position only 0,1 sec behind Bernd.

The 1/8th scale final was an easy affair for Maxi. At the beginning he was chased by his young Shepherd team mate Max Günther, who had a really fast pace. Some minutes into the race Max made a small but costly mistake as his Velox got airborne and crashed heavily into the boards. Maxi Vogl continued to control the race for the remaining time and claimed the third victory in a row crossing the finishing line 5 laps in front of Oliver Lembeck with Armin Baier completing the podium.

In the 1/10th scale final the audience saw an intensive battle for the second position between Patrick Schäfer and Bernd Rausch while experienced indoor racer and pole-setter Dominic Greiner pulled away quickly. Unfortunately for Bernd he ran out of fuel just before the third fuel stop. This gave Patrick some room and he conserved his second place. After 30 min Dominic Greiner crossed the finishing line in front of Patrick Schäfer with Swiss racer Traugott Schär claiming the final podium spot.