22.10.2011 - Winner in Division 7 at ADAC Rally Masters and Rank 2 at ADAC Junior Cup 2011
At the last final run of ADAC Rally Masters, 48th ADAC 3-Städte-Rallye in eastern Bavaria, Valentin Hummel and Katja Geyer could not only be happy to reach the finish after a most eventful rally, but they are as well this year's winner of Division 7 of the ADAC Rally Masters and placed second in the ADAC Junior Cup. 93 teams started in the morning to the rally, which was completely worthy its reputation as a very selective and demanding event. Only 57 teams arrived at the end, the remaining 36 teams dropped out due to accidents and various technical defects.
Despite a gravel share of only 4% the rough passages and sharp turns in the shady woods were demanding and car and drivers had to stay their pace constantly. Despite an excellent performance, however, the team failed to achieve a further division win to complete their success, because the competition was just too strong. Michael Böhm, several times Austrian Champion, ignited with his Fiat Punto Abarth a veritable fireworks and the car, based on R3D regulations, was technically too far ahead re. the BMW. Due to the previously extended lead, the second place in their division was enough to keep all placements in the championships.
At the award ceremony at Haslinger Hof in Bad Füssing Valentin and Katja were not only handed over the trophy for P2 in their division, but they were also honored in the context of the ADAC Rally Masters by Josef Kaspar, the series co-ordinator, as winner of Division 7 and for the 2nd place in ADAC Junior Cup, right behind Sepp Wiegand and Claudia Harloff. After an exciting and busy season it was now finally time to cherish their success and both duly celebrated with the team and the driver mates of Junior Cup and Masters until the early morning hours.
At the same time this weekend the final round of the HFM Hessian Championship, the Nordhessen-Rally in Niestetal, took also place. No significant changes resulted from the event and therefore Valentin and Katja are also the new Hessian Vice Champion right behind Benjamin Krusch and Jens Schuchmann on a BMW E30.
Thus, a significant first season comes to a successful conclusion, which nobody had expected in February of this year, when Valentin and Katja meet each other first time at ADAC Rally School. The plans for next season are already under way and on the next weekend both want to gain more experience re. the WRC when they will start together with the WRC Academy in Wales.