Team France within a hair’s breadth of a medal!
This weekend, the circuit of Vallelunga, close to Rome, hosted the first-ever FIA Motorsport Games, an « Olympic Games» of motorsport, including six categories: GT Cup, Touring Car Cup, Drifting Cup, F4 Cup, Karting Slalom Cup and Digital Cup. And of course, just like in the Games, the top three in each of these six categories received medals: gold, silver and bronze… This extraordinary race meeting was unfortunately disturbed by the rain, and of the three GT races, two of them saw the red flag deployed. On the pace in terms of performance (with most notably the fastest time in free practice and the joint best time in qualifying), Team France and its drivers, Jim Pla and Jean-Luc Beaubelique, finished just off the podium in the Main Race. Team China, for whom AKKA-ASP took care of the technical management and logistics, finished in an excellent 5th place. With atrocious weather conditions and taking the chequered flag behind the safety car, a few regrets are unavoidable, but the experience was definitely worthwhile.
The GT event allowed one Pro-AM pairing (1 Bronze driver and 1 Silver driver) to represent their country in a GT3 car. Just as in 2018, the AKKA-ASP crew of Jean-Luc Beaubelique and Jim Pla with their Mercedes-AMG GT3, carried the colours of Team France. As well as the ‘French’ car, Team AKKA-ASP was also running the Team China car, also Mercedes-AMG GT3, driven by Yaqi Zhang and Xiaole He for Phantom Pro Racing Team.
This extraordinary event started with a magnificent parade on Thursday afternoon, through the streets of Rome, amidst the city’s most beautiful monuments. In the evening, an official ceremony opened these inaugural FIA Motorsport Games, following the tradition of all international competitions, with the athletes parading behind their national flag.
The next day, the competition got underway, with two free practice sessions. On Saturday morning, two qualifying sessions set the grid for the two qualifying races, which took place on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, each one hour long. The one-hour Main Race, on Sunday afternoon, would crown the winning crew and the nation they represented …
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