Blancpain Race Weekend, Round 3, Paul Ricard (FR)
Unlike the heavy rain that symbolized the first two rounds of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Monza and Silverstone, the striking Paul Ricard circuit was bathed in warm weather and sunshine for the third round.
Sharing the No.24 Blancpain Reiter Lamborghini qualified in 30th position overall for the three-hour race.
Starting first in the No.24 car, Mr Hayek President & CEO of Blancpain, was running strongly and after one hour was in 9th position overall. He engaged in a four-way battle the Lamborghini was struck from behind by the Nissan GTR GT3 with just one hour of the race distance completed.
It was an unhappy ending to the race for Mr Hayek who partnered Dutchman Kox to victory in the PRO-AM class and fourth place overall in the previous round at Silverstone.
“It was not Marc’s fault at all. It was a mistake by another car which caused the end of our race and that is very upsetting,” Kox said. “We were not very strong in Qualifying but we had a very good race pace and we were confident that we could have a good result today for sure.”
The overall victory in the PRO class went to the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS Ultra No.1 while the victors in the PRO-AM class was the AF Corse Ferrari No.52.
The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo featured the famous French singer David Hallyday, the son of Johnny Hallyday in the No.1 VIP race car. It was a double race win for Italy’s Andrea Amici, the Autocarrozzeria Imperiale team driver.
As usual, the VIP guests could explore the universe of Blancpain in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Village. The weekend experience included first class dining in glamorous surroundings, a view of the race from the ‘inside’. A visit to the pit box, timekeeping and race control and Lamborghini VIP laps of the Le Castellet circuit were all part of the journey of discovery.