WorldSSP300: Coppola takes stunning victory in photo finish

Sunday, 20 August 2017 13:08 GMT

Italian secured the victory as the sensational series returns from the summer

As FIM Supersport 300 World Championship action resumed in Germany, enthralling racing action ensued which kept fans on the edge of their seats. Alfonso Coppola (SK Racing) took the victory ahead of Marc Garcia (Halcouier Racing) and Mika Perez (WILSport Racedays).

Perez got a stunning start off the line and took the lead into the first corner ahead of Coppola and Guiseppe De Gruttola (SK Racing), but following the nature of the series,  this wasn’t the case for long.

Front row starter Garcia shot up into the lead on the opening laps as he led an opening group of seven riders. An overcast sky didn’t prevent the riders from attacking and pushing until the end, and with six laps to go a group of 10 riders developed, with Coppla and Perez leaving the way.

With the podium positions chopping and changing all the way throughout the race, a final lap battle ensued between Coppola, Perez and Garcia, which resulted in a photo finish and Coppla took the victory by 0.018s. Robert Schotman (GRT Yamaha WorldSSP300 Team) took fourth position ahead of early championship leader Scott Deroue (MTM HS Kawasaki), with Daniel Valle (Halcourier Racing) rounding out the top six.

Coppola’s debut victory has seen some changes in the world championship standings, as Perez takes the lead in the championship by two points ahead of Deroue.

It was later announced that race direction inflicted a penalty on the MTM HS Kawasaki team, meaning both bikes were disqualified from the race, as they were found to be using an illegal swingarm. This means both Scott Deroue and Chris Taylor will not remain on the results from Lausitzring, and Deroue loses the 11 points scored for fifth position, slipping down to fourth in the world championship standings. 

Relive the titillating WorldSSP300 race all on the WorldSBK VideoPass, as they inaugural series heads into a three week break before the seventh round of the season at Portimao, with the championship battle heating up.