Double victory for Bertrand Baguette, now comfortable leader in the championship! There are some weekends when everything turns up trumps ... Often confronted with bad luck these last few weeks, Bertrand ...
Double victory for Bertrand Baguette, now comfortable leader in the championship!
There are some weekends when everything turns up trumps ... Often confronted with bad luck these last few weeks, Bertrand Baguette brilliantly reversed the trend on the Bugatti circuit of Le Mans, by clinching two quite exceptional victories. And yet on Saturday morning, during the qualifying session, a certain amount of stress had crept into all those around the young Draco team driver.
"I had clocked up a good time, not far off the best lap times with my first set of new tyres ", Bertrand explained. "Unfortunately during my fast lap with the second set I was caught up with a yellow flag, and I slowed down. But apparently somewhat too much, because after that I wasn't able to bring my tyres back up to the ideal temperature. And so I found myself ranked 7th ... but seeing Dani Clos had twice cut off the chicane to register the fastest time he was penalised, which allowed me just to get through to the Super Pole."
Taking advantage of a good car, Baguette committed a small error in his fast lap, which didn't prevent him from finishing in 6th place. And so he was in 3rd place on the first of the two starting grids on the Saturday afternoon. And at Le Mans it was Bertrand's dexterity as the lights went out which was to make all the difference in a pretty stunning way.
"I immediately slotted in level with my team-mate Marco Barba and Pasquale Di Sabatino, who had taken off from the front row of the grid ", the Draco driver told us. "Di Sabatino nudged me, which somewhat bent my steering, but I was able to take the lead, clock up the fastest lap time and grab a first victory. One I had in fact been waiting for a long time ..."
Hardly having got over the euphoria of this result and Bertrand was ready to take another start this Sunday, moving up from 6th into...2nd spot at the first braking point. "I followed James Walker, and together with the Draco team we managed the pit-stop perfectly ", Baguette continued. "I left the stands pretty quickly, I was very fast in my first lap with the new tyres ... and I found myself up front! A second victory was about to fall into my lap, and as my closest rivals all experienced a pretty awful weekend, with notably two accidents for Martinez, I now find myself with a 19 points lead in the championship. I must say that it does feel good ..."
This weekend in the Sarthe, Lady Luck was back on Baguette's side allowing him to run his race, without a single hitch rearing its head. "We have deserved this victory for quite a while. And winning two in one go, that's an excellent surprise. In Budapest, I was in the lead when the Safety Car ruined the entire race, and in Barcelona it was the clutch which gave up the ghost just as I was in a position to win it. So all in all I reckon it was definitely our turn to win, and at the same time come out well for the championship ..."
The following rendezvous of the World Series by Renault is in a fortnight's time in Portimao, Portugal, where the Formula Renault 3.5 drivers will all be more or less on an equal footing, seeing only Fauzy and Alguersuari have driven on this new circuit, in other disciplines. More than ever Bertrand Baguette has a thirst for victory and a great hunger for the title! In the meanwhile, champagne...