Team SunEnergy1 Racing claims two Driver titles!
The championship for Tristan Vautier and the « Bronze Driver » title for Kenny Habul…
After the final round of the 2018 Intercontinental GT Challenge, at the Californian circuit of Laguna Seca, Team SunEnergy1 Racing claimed two Driver titles with brio. The 2018 overall Championship title went to Tristan Vautier while the ‘Bronze Driver’ title went to the team boss, Kenny Habul. Jérôme Policand and eleven members of AKKA-ASP’s staff took part in this event on the other side of the Atlantic, taking care of the technical running of the two SunEnergy1 Racing cars. A great experience, unprecedented and full of lessons to be learnt.
For Jérôme Policand, this expedition to the United States allowed the French mechanics and engineers who took part in the event to learn even more about the philosophy of ‘USA-style’ motorsports, but also to enjoy a fine adventure.
« This event was a real experience for us, and I would first and foremost like to thank Kenny Habul for the confidence he placed in us. Our entry alongside SunEnergy1 Racing took place in a number of stages, taking care of the running of the two cars while using the infrastructure, tools and logistical means of SunEnergy1 Racing.
« Three AKKA-ASP mechanics and one engineer arrived in Moorsville (North Carolina), where the team is based, two weeks beforehand, in order to take care of the preparation of the two cars. Moorsville is not far from Charlotte, and is the base for a number of Nascar teams. The two cars entered at Laguna Seca were not in the same technical configuration, one being in IMSA format and the second according to the European specifications. It was therefore necessary to harmonise them to the rules of the intercontinental Challenge, a mix between the American regulations and those of the Blancpain.
« Two driver titles were at stake for Team SunEnergy1 Racing, so there was quite a lot of pressure to supply the best possible performance and achieve the goals that had been set. The two cars had top-flight driver line-ups. The #175 Mercedes-AMG GT3 (with official support from Mercedes-AMG) was fighting for the Drivers’ title with Tristan Vautier, Maro Engel and Maxi Buhk. Tristan and Raffaele Marciello, leading the Championship classification before the final race, had been separated to optimise Mercedes-AMG’s hopes of winning the Manufacturers’ title. The Italian driver was racing with Strakka-Racing in California. The second SunEnergy1 Racing car, the #75 Mercedes-AMG GT3, which was fighting for the Bronze Drivers title with Kenny Habul, who was joined for this event by Mikael Grenier and Luca Stolz.