‘Iceman’ Kutvonen takes convincing DHI Cup win
Viljami ‘Iceman’ Kutvonen has won the prestigious season opening DHI Cup. Just scraping into the top heat for qualifying having only managed the 10th fastest time in seeding practice, the Awesomatix driver turned around what started off looking like a difficult weekend at Danish event to take a perfectly executed win. Only his second major international race win, his first being the 2014 LRP Masters, the Finn got things figured out when it was needed taking the final two qualifiers to secure the overall TQ ahead of 7-time reigning champion Ronald Volker. From pole, he would make light work of his rivals to win A1 with conviction over Volker. Needing to repeat that performance for the win at an event he has twice been runner-up, that is exactly what Kutvonen did to claim the top step on the podium. Behind the popular winner, having been denied a second run of 3-consecutive DHI Cup wins, Volker would finish second with Yokomo team-mate Naoki Akiyama, 6th last year on his first visit to Odense, getting his 2017 season of to a strong start by completing the podium.