Lotte van Drunen of the Beursfoon KTM team finished second in the Open Dutch Championship event at Halle. Lotte looked set for victory in the first race, but a crash dropped her to second. In the second race she finished second again after a titanic struggle.
Lotte scouted out the track with her bothers in the morning. She improved her time several times during qualifying and secured the second gate for the races. In the first race, she rounded the first corner in third position. She railed the outside of the corner and went into the lead. She managed to open up a gap on the field, but with little more than a lap to go, the rear of the bike skidded away on a jump and she crashed hard. With hard knocks to her fingers, teeth and bottom of her face, she nonetheless resumed racing and finished second.
Lotte tried to recover as best as she can between races. Again she launched into third at the start of the second heat. She managed to pass an 85cc rider and set off in pursuit off the race leader. She managed to show a wheel now and then, but just could not pass, despite posting the fastest race time in the final lap. She finished second again, which secured her the second step on the podium.
The next round of the series will be at Hellendoorn next Saturday.