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Paul Ricard - FRA

Renaud Kuppens

An in-form Kuppens opens a spectacular 2013 Trofeo

Kuppens. The reigning champion got his title tilt off to the best of starts with two sprint wins and a second spot in the endurance event. His was a display of confident, error-free driving. Often tested by the others early on, the Belgian responded brilliantly and controlled the races. Getting off to a good start is important and 2013 has begun better than last year when Kuppens came away from Jarama with an empty points bag.

Standing in the way of Kuppens and another title will be a series of challengers, among them Mikkel Mac. The young Belgian won the endurance race and pulled off three splendid comebacks at Paul Ricard. Mac is not Kuppens’ only potential rival. The Simoni/Ragazzi, Romagnoli/Calamia and Fascicolo/Cecchellero crews all showed that they have what it takes to rack up the podium finishes - Fascicolo/Cecchellero even collected precious points after starting from the back of the pack.

Rain often makes racing more exciting. Continual overtaking, on-the-limit handling, mistakes and crashes characterise driving in the wet. However, even in the dry, the Provence weekend proved that thrills and spills will be the order of the day for the entire Trofeo season.

 

RACE RESULTS 3

28/04/2013

#DRIVERTIME
01Mikkel Mac52:07.473
02Renaud Kuppens+7.448
03Riccardo Romagnoli+39.717
04Maxim Akhtyamov+39.938
05Felipe Merjech+54.615
06Mathijs Bakker+57.437
07Alberto Cola / Patrick Gobbo+1:04.076
08Giuseppe Fascicolo / Andrea Cecchellero+1:09.526
09Adrien De Leener+1:44.142
10Jonathan Sicart / Ange Barde+2:05.701

RACE RESULTS 2

28/04/2013

#DRIVERTIME
01Renaud Kuppens32:43.862
02Riccardo Ragazzi+5.326
03Mathijs Bakker+6.072
04Gianandrea Pellegrinelli+7.150
05Mauro Calamia+12.033
06Mikkel Mac+12.441
07Felipe Merjech+37.741
08Giuseppe Fascicolo+38.117
09Adrien De Leener+1:04.322
10Andreas Segler+1:34.544

RACE RESULTS 1

27/04/2013

#DRIVERTIME
01Renaud Kuppens31:19.281
02Niki Cadei+16.653
03Alberto Cola+28.980
04Alan Simoni+32.560
05Maxim Akhtyamov+32.926
06Fabio Venier+35.337
07Mikkel Mac+48.099
08Adrien De Leener+53.601
09Mathijs Bakker+54.520
10Felipe Merjech+1:09.186

STARTING GRID 1

27/04/2013

#DRIVERTIME
01Renaud Kuppens2:34.998
02Alan Simoni+1.524
03Niki Cadei+1.918
04Alberto Cola+2.096
05Riccardo Romagnoli+2.367
06Fabio Venier+2.379
07Maxim Akhtyamov+2.542
08Adrien De Leener+3.303
09Gianfranco Bocellari+4.080
10Mathijs Bakker+4.306

PIT & PADDOCK

28/04/2013

Cecchellero, a rousing comeback
Letting the heart rule the head is not always productive. Andrea Cecchellero’s Trofeo debut was far from easy.

28/04/2013

Waszczinski hits the wall of water
It is quite rare to find that a driver who finishes sixteenth comes away with a smile on his face.

28/04/2013

A Race 1 to forget for Cesari
There are drivers who come into their own in the wet; others who simply hate it: one of these is Mauro Cesari.

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