SUNDAY 24TH JUNE 2018

Kapadia makes it two in a row at Paul Ricard

Alex Kapadia doubled up during a tense and dramatic second Masters Endurance Legends race of the weekend at Circuit Paul Ricard.

As he did in Saturday’s first race, Kapadia converted pole position into a comfortable advantage over his opponents, who jostled over second spot.

Michel Frey initially held the position but he was usurped by Kriton Lendoudis along the Mistral Straight, moments after the Peugeot 908X driver had been promoted to third when Richard Dean went wide at the Verrerie S.

Kapadia pitted his ORECA Nissan 03 on the ninth of 13 laps and emerged seven seconds behind new leader Lendoudis, setting up a chase towards the chequered flag, with Kapadia in hot pursuit.

But drama struck on the penultimate lap when Lendoudis clashed with GT driver Adrian Newey through the right-hander at Sainte-Baume, sending both spinning into the run-off.

That cleared the path for Kapadia, who passed his stricken rival to claim another victory, 14.9 seconds clear of Dean.

Michel Lecourt moved from fifth to third in the wake of Lendoudis’ clash and the retirement of Michel Frey, who pulled into the pits late on, while Lendoudis came home in fourth spot. Lendoudis later received a post-race time penalty for causing a collision.

In the GT class, Xavier Tancogne triumphed once more aboard his Panoz GTR1 as he finished comfortably clear of Yoshiki Ohmura, as Olivier Tancogne surged from last to third.


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