Le Mans: Series race two report

Baguette makes the break Already having taken the win in race 1 at Le Mans the day before, Bertrand Baguette (International Draco Racing) makes it a clean sweep this weekend, driving to victory ahead of Miguel Molina (Ultimate Motorsport) and ...

Baguette makes the break

Already having taken the win in race 1 at Le Mans the day before, Bertrand Baguette (International Draco Racing) makes it a clean sweep this weekend, driving to victory ahead of Miguel Molina (Ultimate Motorsport) and Jaime Alguersuari (Carlin Motorsport), on the podium for the first time this season. This win allows Bertrand Baguette to move clear of his rivals. He goes away from Le Mans with a 19 point lead.

A hesitant start from the all-British front row of Jon Lancaster (Comtec Racing) and James Walker (P1 Motorsport), was enough to let in Bertrand Baguette and Charles Pic (Tech 1 Racing). The two drivers moved up to second and third behind James Walker, pole-sitter Jon Lancaster emerging back in fourth place, ahead of Jaime Alguersuari and Oliver Turvey (Carlin Motorsport).

While James Walker and Bertrand Baguette made their getaway, behind them Charles Pic held off unceasing attacks from Jon Lancaster as he tried to come back. Just behind them, Jaime Alguersuari led the chasing pack with Oliver Turvey, Miguel Molina, Edoardo Mortara (Tech 1 Racing) and Daniil Move (P1 Motorsport) on his tail, while Marcos Martinez (Pons Racing) had to throw in the towel with a damaged front bonnet and braking system problems.

On lap 5, Charles Pic went into the pits with a rear right puncture. In so doing, he unwittingly got the round of compulsory pitstops underway, but he also lost a lot of time. Jaime Alguersuari and Miguel Molina were the first of the leaders to stop for tire changes, followed one lap later by James Walker, who also lost time in the pits. Bertrand Baguette, Jon Lancaster and Oliver Turvey chose to stay out on track longer.

Finally, Bertrand Baguette won the pitstop battle and emerged a the new leader. The Belgian driver led from Miguel Molina, who also made a very good pitstop, Jaime Alguersuari, Jon Lancaster and James Walker. Bertrand Baguette pushed hard and built up a lead of almost three seconds over Miguel Molina. Lying third, and in the process of conquering his first podium finish of the season, Jaime Alguersuari had to be on constant lookout for Jon Lancaster, ready to exploit any opportunity. But the Catalan held his position perfectly. In fifith place with five minutes to go, James Walker span off and let in Fairuz Fauzy (Mofaz Fortec Racing). Walker fell back to 10th.

Bertrand Baguette held his own all the way to the chequered flag to take his second win of the weekend. Taking full advantage of his rivals' misfortunes, the Belgian driver has therefore made a vital break in the championship stakes, and now has a 19 point lead over Marcos Martinez. Miguel Molina, who finished third, also moves up the standings to 6th place. Jaime Alguersuari was able to savour his first podium, plus the win in the rookie category. The fight for 4th place went to the last lap. Fairuz Fauzy got the better over Lancaster, who finishes fifth ahead of Edoardo Mortara.

Quote, unquote:

Bertrand Baguette: "What a weekend! Today I got off to a perfect start - I was second as we braked for the first time, after starting from sixth, so a big part of the job was done. The pit-stop was good and it all worked a dream. It's a very good result with a view to the championship. There are six races left. We'll need to put in a solid performance at Portimao".

Miguel Molina: "This result is in large part down to the lap before my pitstop, when I was very quick, then the super pitstop by my team, where we got ahead of Jaime Alguersuari. We needed to get this result. We are a fair way back in the overall standings, but I'm always strong at the end of the season. You never know!"

Jaime Alguersuari: "This is my first podium, I'm only 19 and I have a lot less experience than the drivers up front, so the result is very positive. We're getting better with every race. I know Portimao because I drove an F1 exhibition there with the Scuderia Toro Rosso. It's a circuit where you can overtake. I hope I can get an even better result over there."

-credit: wsr

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Fairuz Fauzy , James Walker , Marcos Martinez , Bertrand Baguette , Oliver Turvey , Miguel Molina , Edoardo Mortara , Charles Pic , Jaime Alguersuari , Jon Lancaster
Teams Toro Rosso , Carlin