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Ultimate Cup Series LMP3 champion!

For the final round of the season, the action took place at Estoril in Portugal.


The objective of the weekend was to win the championship title in our category (LMP3)

Friday – Free Practice

Two free practice sessions were scheduled for this first day of competition. In the first, which took place during the day, my two teammates Julien and Miguel were getting their bearings again with the car and the circuit. For my part, I was waiting to get behind the wheel of the #88 in a second. At the end of the first session, my teammates set the best time. The second work session was ultimately canceled due to a driver going off the track, causing damage to the circuit rails. So I discovered the track on Saturday.


At turn 2 – (Photo credit – Iconic Motorsport)


Saturday – Free practice and qualifying

For the last free practice session, it was up to me to start. I had 10 laps to discover the circuit, decipher the behavior of the car but also break in the brake discs. After following the break-in procedure, I had 4 quick laps left to really get to grips with the circuit. It went well. I had to have one qualifying run left which unfortunately could not take place due to a red flag at the end of the session. Ultimately, I was going to find myself in qualifying with very few laps in free practice, another challenge to take on!


Julian and Miguel were in charge of the first 2 qualifying phases. As usual, I took the wheel in Q3. With a time of 1.32.253, I took pole position and the best time in qualifying. Rather satisfied with my performance despite limited driving time.


Overall and with the best times of my teammates in their heats, we signed our 5th pole position of the season.


100% success in qualifying this year!


Final preparations – (Photo credit – Iconic Motorsport)


Sunday – Final race of the season

At 2 p.m., the start for the final race of the season. Under the sun of his native country, Miguel Cristovao took the start. Thanks to an excellent start to the race, he quickly widened the gap until the safety car intervened.


During this period under safety car, a small error and a decision from the race direction forced us to a 10-minute Stop/and/Go. We fall from first place with a clear lead to 8th. Handover to Julian. He then had to wait 10 minutes strapped into the car, that's a long time. After long minutes and some Rock/Paper/Scissors with Julien GERBI, our team manager, Julian leaves with the knife between his teeth. He was very fast during his stint.


Then I got in the car to finish the race. 7 laps behind the leader, it was difficult to envisage a good place in the general classification. Nevertheless, I gave everything. After a short hour of relay, the checkered flag came to salute the work of an entire season.


WE WERE THEN 2021 ULTIMATE CUP SERIES CHAMPION IN LMP3


An immense joy to conclude the race and return to the park to be able to share this moment with the whole team.


Family photo – (Photo credit – Iconic Motorsport)


I would like to congratulate and thank the entire Virage team which allowed us to defend our chances at the wheel of a very efficient but also reliable car. Julien GERBI and Philippe GAUTHERON for having shaped this team in which it is impossible not to feel good. Congratulations to all the mechanics, strategists, engineers, supervisory staff for your excellent work.


Very grateful for the trust placed in the Endurance Industry over the past 2 years. We are on track to achieve our goals. Let's continue to work as hard as possible to make them a reality. Thank you to Jean Bernard BOUVET and all the speakers for your support and kindness.


What can we say about Jean Michel JARRY's Team MAM who has supported me since the end of 2018. Our progress in terms of mental preparation was revealed this year. Thank you.


FINALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART ALL THE ACTORS OF MY PROJECT: Department of Sarthe, Team MAM, City of SPAY, Crédit Agricole Anjou Maine, Filière Endurance and Team Virage but also all the new ones who will be arriving soon

Le chapitre 2021 est désormais fermé mais celui de 2022 va bientôt s'ouvrir... Voyons maintenant ce qu'il nous réserve...

Timeless moment – (Photo credit – Iconic Motorsport)

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