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First positive race at Le Castellet

BEFORE 2021-2022 SEASON


Continuing the #MP24H project launched at the end of last year, I am competing this season in a European Michelin Le Mans Cup (MLMC) championship, opening the largest European Endurance championship (ELMS).


In this project, I joined forces with the Sarthe pilot-entrepreneur Alexandre YVON. Our human values, of sharing and surpassing ourselves associated with a common objective of participating in the 24 hours of Le Mans next year (2023), convinced us to team up together!


Both from Sarthe, we want to make the colors of our territory shine as well as the partners who support us in this magnificent project!

WEDNESDAY – PROLOGUE

145 is the number of laps completed during these 7 hours of testing on Wednesday. Thus, we have accumulated a lot of data to analyze to best prepare for the race weekend. In terms of driving, these laps are beneficial for measuring yourself against the competition but also for refining trajectories, braking points, acceleration. In addition, I am taking on a new role this year: that of helping Alexandre better understand the car and the driving skills to adopt to drive it efficiently. He has already made very good progress in an extremely competitive championship.


Our car #72 for this season – Photo credit: Jules BEAUMONT


THURSDAY – WORK DAY

No driving is planned this Thursday. It is therefore devoted to the analysis of the prologue (debriefing with the engineers), discussion with the technical team, changes to the settings but also review of my driving position. The forces are so great in the car that a bad driving position can harm your performance. It's all about endurance optimization!


The technical team in action – Photo credit: Jules BEAUMONT


FRIDAY – OFFICIAL FREE PRACTICE

After several months of break, the competition resumes its rights. Two one-hour free practice sessions are planned. These allow us to confirm our assessments of the car's settings and to test the pure performance of the car. We conclude the day with an 8th place, 7 tenths from the lead during the last session. Satisfied with my lap which placed us in the top 10. Also satisfied with Alexandre's constant progress during this day, with his limited experience with the car, it's a good job


Waiting for the green flag – Photo credit: Jules BEAUMONT


SATURDAY – QUALIFICATIONS AND RACE

In the championship, it is the drivers classified “bronze” by the FIA who qualify and start. So it’s the baptism of fire for Alexandre, my teammate. After very difficult qualifying due to traffic (more than 30 cars on the circuit), Alexandre placed us in 27th place at the start.


The race therefore begins with Alexandre at the wheel. After a wise start, he was 30th at the end of the first lap. Through overtaking, my teammate moved up to 27th at the end of his stint. There was about 1h05 left in the race when he handed over the wheel to me. I'm gradually moving up, I'll stay in 23rd place for a while. At the end of the race, we finished 19th. So certainly the raw result is that of our experiences. Nevertheless, my pace in the race is promising (14th time overall out of more than 65 drivers). Alexandre doesn't have to be ashamed of his performance either, he progressed well during the weekend and made no mistakes.


We can't wait to meet in Imola in Italy for the next round. It will take place on Saturday May 14.


End of race at sunset – Photo credit: Jules BEAUMONT


THANKS !

A big thank you to all my partners for supporting me in this 100% Sarthe project!

Sarthe Objectif 24, EA Immobilier, NGC Assurances, Department of Sarthe, SOMTP Ouest, City of Spay, Crédit Agricole Anjou-Maine.


I also thank my family, loved ones and friends for their unwavering support!


Despite the adversity and difficulties that will litter my journey, I will fight until the end!


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