BRITAIN'S SIMON MOULTON TAKES COMMAND The third meeting of the year produced yet another change at the top of the championship standings, with Britain's Simon Moulton easing past Julien Beltoise. Neither of these two drivers won a race at Val de...
BRITAIN'S SIMON MOULTON TAKES COMMAND
The third meeting of the year produced yet another change at the top of the championship standings, with Britain's Simon Moulton easing past Julien Beltoise. Neither of these two drivers won a race at Val de Vienne. That honour went instead to Picardy-based drivers Julien Briche (Saturday) and Alexandre Rambure (Sunday), the latter notching up his first ever success in motor racing.
Provisional championship leader Julien Beltoise appeared to be on target to increase his advantage when he claimed pole position for both races. The Frenchman's qualifying performance dealt a demoralising blow to his rivals, but the tables were soon turned when Beltoise was forced out of Saturday's contest following a clutch problem just before half- distance while battling for the lead with Julien Briche and Moulton. Sunday saw the youngest representative of the Beltoise family pull out an early lead, but that was cancelled out when the safety car was sent out following Demoustier's off. He was subsequently passed by Rambure, then Moulton whose result puts him on top of the points table. Sunday's race was packed with drama, including tangles between Briche and Moulton, and between Castelli who started from the front row and Guilvert. The competition was also marked by some exciting fight- backs, but Rambure was first past the flag, tailed by the in-form Moulton and Beltoise who came out on top in his scrap with Saturday's winner Briche. After finding himself clear in front after Beltoise's retirement and a mistake by Moulton, Briche went on to secure his second win of the year, helped by the fierce duel that kept Albouy (2nd) and Guilvert (3rd) busy in his wake. The fastest lady in both races was Marlène Broggi who produced a spirited comeback on Sunday following an early error to pip Corentine Quiniou at the post.
Alexandre RAMBURE: "A problem prevented me from getting in much driving during practice and I was unable to start Saturday's race because of brake trouble. I knew my car was quick and nicely set up, though, and I pushed hard on Sunday's race. The safety car enabled me to catch the then leader Julien Beltoise and I managed to pass him two laps after the re-start. I am very happy because this is my first win in motor racing."
S. MOULTON: "It's clearly been a good weekend for me, even though I didn't win either race. It was important to score points for the championship and, despite a certain number of incidents, I came out of it reasonably well. I made a mistake on Saturday and finished fifth, and my tangle with Briche on Sunday could have cost me more dearly than it did. I can't wait for Spa; it's my favourite circuit."
Next round: Spa-Francochamps (July 18-19-20, 2008)