Renaud Kuppens
 

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Sonoma - USA
24/08/2013

Sonoma, Kuppens and Barde put on a show


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


 TIMEDRIVER

01 51:08.726Ange Barde

02 +0.391Ragazzi / Simoni

03 +0.704Sbirrazzuoli / Bakker

04+1.483 Mikkel Mac

05+1.805 Renaud Kuppens

06+3.928 Adrien De Leener

07+4.075Fascicolo / Cecchellero

08+5.377Mauro Calamia

09+7.251Byrne / McQuarrie

10+8.138Cesari / Bettini

RACE RESULTS 2


 TIMEDRIVER

0131:35.403Renaud Kuppens

02+0.477Ange Barde

03+3.490Alan Simoni

04+5.901Tyler McQuarrie

05+6.670Mikkel Mac

06+25.282Andrea Gardelli

07+30.326Damon Ockey

08+36.616Harry Cheung

09+43.626Ryan Ockey

10+44.433Andreas Segler

RACE RESULTS 1


 TIMEDRIVER

0130:58.951Renaud Kuppens

02+4.724Cedric Sbirrazzuoli

03+7.085Mikkel Mac

04+7.585Alberto Cola

05+9.802Jeff Westphal

06+10.040Ange Barde

07+12.446Riccardo Ragazzi

08+17.372Mauro Calamia

09+17.770Adrien De Leener

10+25.147Mauro Cesari

STARTING GRID 2


 TIMEDRIVER

011:40.348Renaud Kuppens

02+0.204Mikkel Mac

03+0.232Alan Simoni

04+0.399Tyler McQuarrie

05+0.423Andrea Cecchellero

06+0.596Ange Barde

07+0.978Andrea Gardelli

08+1.094Mauro Calamia

09+1.108Adrien De Leener

10+1.129Mathjis Bakker

STARTING GRID 1


 TIMEDRIVER

011:40.103Renaud Kuppens

02+0.370Mikkel Mac

03+0.554Cedric Sbirrazzuoli

04+1.301Ange Barde

05+1.478Alberto Cola

06+1.709Jeff Westphal

07+1.794Adrien De Leener

08+1.843Riccardo Ragazzi

09+2.039Damon Ockey

10+2.047Harry Cheung

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Ange Barde 

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