Le Castellet is a town with a population of just over four thousand people, located in Provence, and is famous throughout the world for its racing track, Circuit Paul Ricard, which was for so many years a venue on the F1 racing calendar.
BLANCPAIN ENDURANCE SERIES
One week after success at Le Mans, yet more victories were taken on French soil by Kessel Racing. The third race of the season in the Endurance Championship resulted in triumph in both the PRO-AM class with Broniszewski / Rizzoli / Bonacini and the GENTLEMAN class with Gitlin / Zanuttini / Talbot, whilst the other car in the AM class, that of Delhez / Earle / Perel just missed out on getting on the podium by taking fourth place at the checkered flag. This is an extraordinary team result that catapults Broniszewski / Rizzoli / Bonacini into the lead in the drivers’ standings with the team also leading the way in the team classification. Following these results, the team now has its eyes set on the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, a classic event at the end of July, which could decide the fate of the season.
GT SPORTS CLUB
The GT Sports Club cars also took to the track during the racing weekend at Circuit Paul Ricard. In the “Qualifying Race” Team Akka rose to the occasion and won with Perfetti, whilst De Bernardi took fifth, Broniszewski took eighth, Earle crossed the line in twelfth and Price finished in twentieth. The “Main Race” saw the Mercedes of Broniszewski once again make a statement by stepping onto the podium in third place, with Earle taking tenth place and now leading the IRON class. De Bernardi crossed the finishing line in thirteenth place with Price taking twenty-second. With these results Broniszewski is still top in the overall standings, with Earle still leading the IRON class. Among the teams, Kessel Racing is in second place in the Main Race standings and is in first place in the Iron Cup classification.
RONNIE KESSEL (Team Principal): It was another great weekend, yet difficult and complex with so many cars lined up, but it rewarded us with a lot of incredible emotions. We were over the moon with victories in two classes in the Blancpain Endurance Series and we were a whisker away from stepping onto the podium in the AM race. Great results, but now we have to concentrate on Spa-Francorchamps as well as the championship because there are a lot of points up for grabs in the 24 hour race, which means we must have maximum concentration and hunger for victory. The end of the GT Sports Club weekend was also encouraging in all standings. We are now in the most important stage of the season; we will be at the Nurburgring next Sunday for the GT Sprint and we’ll be going there, as always, to win.