I didn’t write earlier as there wasn’t so much good to share !
The first two rounds of the Blancpain Endurance Cup were a real nightmare for us !!
We couldn’t drive in Monza after than a car having braking issues, literally destroyed the back of our R8 in the 1st lap of the Q1…
In Silverstone, we were struggling performance wise. The BOP for the Audi was ridiculous for this track and we were fighting in the back. We had so many issues that we preferred retiring from the race. For example, I had 5 minutes time penalty because a amateur driver didn’t let me pass when I try to overtake him and I have no chance but pushing him out of the track. They found me guilty for this !
I had a great present 10 days ago when my team called me again to drive somewhere, but this time in Suzuka ! Indeed I was back last week-end in the Audi R8 LMS Cup for WRT. I was looking forward to a good result after a really tough race in Sepang for the season opener.
In Q1, I secures the 3rd spot on the grid. I feel it was the maximum I could get, the 3 tenth that I was lacking seemed impossible to catch. The Q2 was more complicated as a red flag happened in my first push lap… after it was much tougher to use properly the tires. Couldn’t do better than 7th for Race 2 grid. We finished 3rd in Race 1 after putting pressure onto the 2nd all race long. I finished 5 tenth away from him… The Sunday been a tough day ! I couldn’t finish the race after the car has been damaged. Actually, in the first corners, two drivers right in front of me touched each other’s and they slowed down without letting me the time to avoid them. I was able to continue some laps before going back to the pits. After such a bad week end in Sepang, the 2nd meeting of the Cup has nevertheless gone better ! And yes, Suzuka is awesome !!
Next week-end I will be back with my french mates for my kind of home race in the Paul-Ricard for the Blancpain Endurance.