With an impressive grid, the Classic Endurance Racing fought its 4th and last but one round of the season last Saturday on the occasion of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The meeting favoured the British competitors at home.
From the first qualifying session, the Hall family (Rob and Rick) put their Matras 670B respectively in 1st and 3rd position. Only Martin OConnell managed to slip in between the two blue cars with his Chevron B36 whereas Patrice Lafargue (Lola T298) took the 4th place at 3,522 seconds. On the next day, rain during the second round prevented the competitors from improving their performances.
Later on, with a dried track and the return of the sun, the start was given. Repeting the qualifying, the British once again took the lead. Rob Halls Matra crossed the finish line with a 1 minute 34 second advance over Martin OConnells Chevron B36 and 1 minute 48 seconds over Patrice Lafargue on Lola. Though promised to the podium, the second Matra 670B and Rick Hall abandoned during the 12th lap following a scrape.
Another British win in Proto 1, as Martin OConnells co-driver, Sandy Watson (Chevron B19) imposed himself in front of Grgoire Audi (Lola T212) who stole the second place from Pierre-Alain France (Lola T70 MkIII) penalised for non respect of a drive through.
Finally, in GT1, the Porsche 911 RSR signs a triple victory. Michel Lecourt associated with Raymond Narac take first place in front of the Orjuela brothers and Didier Denat.
Classic Endurance Racing has an appointment with its competitors and public in the South of France during the Dix Mille Tours du Castellet (5-7 October) which will close the 2012 season.