No joy at Paul Ricard

29.06.2014

High hopes turned into frustration for Kevin and his team-mates at the French Mediterranean venue.

Paul Ricard by night

Car #99 team Kevin Korjus, Kèvin Estre and Andy Soucek arrived to French venue as the leaders of Blancpain Endurance Series, were very fast there but still failed to add anything to their points tally during the spectacular into-the-night-race.

#99 was the fastest car in Q2 but a very rare mechanical failure in Q3 not only spoilt opportunity to improve the time. Engine required to be changed and in this case series regulations state that all qualification times will be deleted. Time from Q2 would have given a Top 10 starting place but instead of that #99 landed to P40 on the grid. From there the race lasted only on lap. Kèvin K rapidly overtook several cars driven by amateurs when one of them torpedoed the #99 McLaren. Kèvin K brought the car to the pits but damage was terminal and car was retired.

Kevin: „It was a pity because our sister car was very fast and fought for the win until the last seconds of the race. Starting from P8 we could have had a good opportunity to join the party but that’s it.“

As a result Kevin and his team-mates dropped from P1 to P6 in drivers standing. Fortunately the season is far from over. The next Blancpain Endurance Series round will be a famous 24 hour race at even more famous Spa circuit in Belgium. As (half) points are also awarded for intermediate classification after 6 and 12 hours, it effectively counts for two regular races.

Everything is still possible.

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