It was bound happen sooner or later! Our F2 driver Tobias Munthe-Kaas has been blistering fast in qualifying in two seasons, but has struggled to finish on the podium. In Tønsberg he climbed from 5th to 2nd in an very exiting race.
The event started off on Friday with Matchrace and Speed Run. Tobias Munthe-Kaas shoved his potensial and made it all the way to the semifinal where he lost a few inches to Ola Petterson. In the fight for bronze, he held off to Brent Dillard and snatched third in a very exiting heat.
In the qualifying on Saturday Tobias made it easily into Q2. Q2 was a bit too close for comfort, but Tobias climbed from 12th to 2nd in his last lap with only seconds left on the clock. When it was time for Q3 no one could do anything with the Italian Alberto Comparato that set the pace early with an impressive 40.00 lap. Tobias had a decent lap and ended in 5th. - I made a mistake in the propellerchoice for Q3, but let's see tomorrow, said Munthe-Kaas after the qualifying.
The race started in front of thousands of spectators in the beautiful harbour of Tønsberg. Tobias climbed from 5th to 3rd already in the first few meters. Unfortunately Frode Sundsdal and World Champion Rashed Al Quemsi crashed in the first corner and the field went back to the startjetty. Both drivers were unharmed.
In the restart, Tobias had yet another good start and started climbing positions. After overtaking Edgaras Riabko, Tobias fought well in 3rd position when a yellow flag come out after turn two was taken out by Owen Jelf. In the restart Ferdinand Zanderbergen and Stefan Hagin came together and another yellow came out. Tobias Munthe-Kaas had yet another good reaction in the third restart and captured 2nd with the Russian Konstantin Ustinov chasing behind. The race went on for some laps when Ferdinand Zanderbergen flipped and the last yellow flag of the day come out. In the fourth restart, Tobias did nothing wrong and kept his second place.
Race was won by Alberto Comparato, followed by Tobias Munthe-Kaas and Konstantin Ustinov. Ustinov was later disqualified for engine infringement which gave Abu Dhabi driver Rashed al Tayer third. - This is the best race of my life. Now I'm looking forward to the European Championship in Latvia in two weeks, said a happy Tobias Munthe-Kaas.
Tobias Munthe-Kaas and Brent Dillard in the Matchrace. Picture: Chris Davies
The smiling Strømøy Racing Driver Tobias Munthe-Kaas in Tønsberg.