Kapadia storms to victory in Paul Ricard
Alex Kapadia followed up his pole position with a dominant display during the first opening Masters Endurance Legends race of the weekend at Formula 1 venue Paul Ricard.
Kapadia cruised clear of his rivals aboard his ORECA-Nissan 03, building a lead of 2.5 seconds on the opening lap of the race, which took place in warm and sunny conditions on Saturday evening.
Both Kapadia and nearest opponent Michel Frey made a pit stop during the 13-lap race and ultimately maintained their positions, with Kapadia crossing the finish line 21.4 seconds to the good.
Frey’s pit stop dropped him to third, but he overhauled non-stopping Richard Dean’s Morgan Pescarolo 01 into Virage du Pont on the antepenultimate lap to reclaim second spot.
Dean was nonetheless able to climb onto the podium after working his way past Kriton Lendoudis’ Peugeot 908X, the pair coming across the line separated by just two seconds
Michel Lecourt preserved fifth in his Ferrari 333 SP, as Christian Philippon, Travis Engen, Keith Frieser, Tommy Dreelan and Darius Ahrabian completed a competitive top 10.
In the GT class, honours went to Xavier Tancogne, who thrust his Panoz GTR1 forwards to beat Alex Caffi to the finish by 7.5 seconds, with pole sitter Yoshiki Ohmura classifying third.