Valencia, Race 1 – CTF Continental Racing dances flamenco

Grégory Fargier, François Coue and Arnaud Marie (CTF Continental Racing) won the first race of the Spanish meeting.

Published on 08/06/2024 à 18:38

Dominique Dricot

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Valencia, Race 1 – CTF Continental Racing dances flamenco

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The long-awaited duel between the title holders (Emmanuel Orgeval, Adrien Harang and Benoît Gruau) and their neighbors (Grégory Fargier, François Coue and Arnaud Maire) on the 1st row of the starting grid did not take place this Saturday on the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia (Spain).

At the end of the 4 hours of the 1st part of the meeting Lamera Cup, the Lamera 80 from the CTF Continental Racing team won brilliantly while the 1 from L'Auto Leclerc finished in 12th place.

“Too bad, it went well”, regretted Emmanuel Orgeval between two stints. “After 35 minutes of racing, I had a lead of around fifteen seconds. Unfortunately, we had to return. The water temperature gauge was climbing dangerously. On analysis, it was a broken belt which created this perilous situation. The mechanics did a superb job but the repair cost us eight laps. From that moment, we knew that all hope of being on the podium was lost.”

The 80, already very lively at the Lausitzring, didn't ask for that much. Fargier, Coue and Maire remarkably set the pace in this event where, fortunately, a fresh wind coming from the nearby Mediterranean allowed the crews to operate in a relatively bearable temperature. As for the winners, they never let up their effort, aware that the 15 shared by Tommy Rollinger, Vincent Piquet, Gilles Bruckner and Louis-Marie Levet remained a threat until the end.

Note the very good 6th place and the victory in Pro/Am of the 71 (Maxime Guignard, Frédéric Delpit, Gérard Kapousouzian and Didier Dumaine). A nice way to welcome Didier Dumaine, who is used to competing in GT4 championship events.

As for the Gentlemen category, it was the 47 (Grégoire Crouillet, Nicolas Beyeler and Julien Bros) who returned with a 13th place in the general classification.

But this 4 hour race is not even half the total event. This Sunday, the competitors will attack a seven-hour competition. For many, it will be placed under the sign of revenge.

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