On the way to the 37th title in his long career, Höller really had to stretch himself: After top positions in the first two heats, he lost a wheel at the edge of the track in the third heat. His crew of mechanics was able to replace the wheel at the side of the racetrack very quickly – but the top position for the final day was now beyond his grasp. Höller started the final heat in fourth place from the second row.

From there, he put in a remarkable performance to catch up and overtake the Hungarians Zoltan Vass (Audi) and Csabe Spitzmüller (Audi) who started in front of him. Only World Championships starter Tamas Karai – also from Hungary – remained ahead in his Audi A1.

Alois Höller, who finished second, was still very satisfied with this result: “Fourth place on the grid was anything but ideal. In this respect, I am just as satisfied with second place in this race as I am with the Austrian Championship title overall. I’m pleased that the first of the possible 2019 titles is in the bag,” said the RUBBLE MASTER driver at the finish.

Bernhard Haudum Press Service/25 Aug. 2019