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Sonoma - USA

Renaud Kuppens

Sonoma, Kuppens and Barde put on a show

Brno trionfale per Zumerle
25/08/2013

Once again the United States was the scene of all the action. This weekend’s three Maserati Trofeo races were fascinating, especially the endurance event. The stars of the show duly played their roles but there were also some unexpected walk-on parts. The leading light was Renaud Kuppens. The Belgian, fresh from collecting the European title, proved that he was spot on when he said that Sonoma was his favourite circuit. From the first free practice session to the chequered flag in Race 2, no-one could stick with him. In Race 3, Kuppens had to move aside as Ange Barde took centre stage. The surprise was not that the Frenchman was not a contender, more that previous races seemed to point to Mikkel Mac as the title pretender. Instead, it was Barde who triumphed on the dusty Californian circuit, a win that came courtesy of all his track experience and clinical driving. Barde had only one sniff of victory and he took it when an otherwise faultless Ragazzi committed an error. He again displayed his readiness to pounce when overtaking Simoni at the final curve, just before the safety car brought a virtual end to the race.

RACE RESULTS 3

#DRIVERTIME
01Ange Barde 51:08.726
02Ragazzi / Simoni +0.391
03Sbirrazzuoli / Bakker +0.704
04 Mikkel Mac +1.483
05 Renaud Kuppens+1.805
06 Adrien De Leener +3.928
07Fascicolo / Cecchellero +4.075
08Mauro Calamia +5.377
09Byrne / McQuarrie +7.251
10Cesari / Bettini+8.138

RACE RESULTS 2

#DRIVERTIME
01Renaud Kuppens31:35.403
02Ange Barde+0.477
03Alan Simoni+3.490
04Tyler McQuarrie+5.901
05Mikkel Mac+6.670
06Andrea Gardelli+25.282
07Damon Ockey+30.326
08Harry Cheung+36.616
09Ryan Ockey+43.626
10Andreas Segler+44.433

RACE RESULTS 1

#DRIVERTIME
01Renaud Kuppens30:58.951
02Cedric Sbirrazzuoli+4.724
03Mikkel Mac+7.085
04Alberto Cola+7.585
05Jeff Westphal+9.802
06Ange Barde+10.040
07Riccardo Ragazzi+12.446
08Mauro Calamia+17.372
09Adrien De Leener+17.770
10Mauro Cesari+25.147

STARTING GRID 2

#DRIVERTIME
01Renaud Kuppens1:40.348
02Mikkel Mac+0.204
03Alan Simoni+0.232
04Tyler McQuarrie+0.399
05Andrea Cecchellero+0.423
06Ange Barde+0.596
07Andrea Gardelli+0.978
08Mauro Calamia+1.094
09Adrien De Leener+1.108
10Mathjis Bakker+1.129

STARTING GRID 1

#DRIVERTIME
01Renaud Kuppens1:40.103
02Mikkel Mac+0.370
03Cedric Sbirrazzuoli+0.554
04Ange Barde+1.301
05Alberto Cola+1.478
06Jeff Westphal+1.709
07Adrien De Leener+1.794
08Riccardo Ragazzi+1.843
09Damon Ockey+2.039
10Harry Cheung+2.047

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