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Second round in Dijon, new victory


Julian, Miguel and I on the podium – Photo credit Arthur CHOPIN


THURSDAY – FREE PRACTICE

The second round of the championship took place on the Dijon-Prenois circuit.

After a more than positive first meeting, I wanted to continue my progress on this hilly and fast circuit that I was discovering for the occasion.

The 3 practice sessions on Thursday helped me familiarize myself with this new track. My pace crescendoed during the sessions to finish at the top of the timesheet on Thursday evening in the rain. A good omen for the qualifying session the next day.


In the rain – Photo credit Arthur CHOPIN


FRIDAY – QUALIFYING

At the beginning of the afternoon, the qualifying session for the 3 hours of racing took place. My teammates, Miguel Cristovao and Julian Wagg, were responsible for carrying out the first 2 sessions. Both did an excellent job to bring the car back to provisional pole position with a good lead. It was then my turn to get in the car. Focused on doing the best lap possible. I gave it my all and set the absolute best lap of the weekend. What a great feeling to drive so fast on a circuit!


Concentration – Photo credit Arthur CHOPIN


SATURDAY – RACE

The start was given at 2:50 p.m. with Miguel in the car to ensure the start. He showed very good pace on his relay. He returned the car in 2nd place to Julian who thus took over from the middle of the race. Great performance from him while managing the tires to keep them efficient enough for my stint.


With 1 hour to go, I assisted him at the wheel to finish the race. A first for me. My pace was very good, I was able to widen the gap on the competitors before a Safety Car entered the track after 10 minutes of relay. The lead we had was lost. On the restart, I regained the advantage by setting good, consistent times, without tiring the tires or the mechanics too much. So much so that with about fifteen minutes to go, I had a lead of more than 30 seconds over our closest pursuers.


Once again, the Safety Car entered the track 13 minutes from the end. Once again, all the lead gained over the laps was wiped out. The pressure was very high during this final restart. But I held on during these last 5 long laps to cross the line first with a 5.7 second lead!


On the road to the podium – Photo credit Arthur CHOPIN


THANKS


Once again, the team did a phenomenal job preparing the car but also fine-tuning the settings and strategy.


My two teammates Julian and Miguel, you rode very well.


Looking forward to seeing you all at Paul Ricard on July 16 and 17!!

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