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CG Racing win 2nd place Pro category and 1st place Corporate and Nations Cup honors at Round 2

May 01, 2016

Following up on their winning seasonal debut, where they placed 1st place in the Pro and Corporate category races, CG Racing’s contingent of 3 three teams lined up at the LeMans-style start of the 600-lap round 2 race at 7pm on April 29th, amidst a packed grid of 30 teams.

 

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As the winners of round 1, CG Racing Pro (David Terrien, Rami Azzam, Piers Pakenham-Walsh and Alban Varutti) engaged in an intense battle with rivals BatelcoDrag965 throughout the course of the night, swapping the lead on numerous occasions.  In the end, after the last of the compulsory 18 pit stops were completed and 25 laps remained, it all came down to an all-out sprint. Batelco’s final driver matched the lap times of CG Racing Pro’s David Terrien for much of the last stint, with both teams clocking in near identical pairings of 1:10.06 and 1:10.08 second laps after 12 hours. CG Racing clocked in a mere 10.416 seconds behind Batelco to claim the number 2 podium position.

Captain and Driver, David Terrien, reflecting on his teams’ performance said that the evening presented a case of missed opportunities: “We were close the whole race but we made some mistakes where we lost a bit more than 20 seconds that dropped us 25 seconds behind”.

He went on to say that “We caught Batelco and took the lead with two hours to go and then we got another penalty and so we lost because of a few penalties which is never very nice but it was fair and we have to accept that at this level of racing, a single mistake costs heavily”.

Despite this setback, a featured highlight from the evening included the fastest lap of the race going to CG Racing Pro’s Alban Varutti, after the Frenchman became the only driver to drop below the 1:10’s with a blistering 1:09.905 set just before dawn.

In the  Corporate category, CG Racing once again held up their 1st place dominance and came in fifth overall, with CG Academy finishing in the 17th position overall. The Nations Cup for teams comprising of one nationality was also awarded to CG Racing’s all Lebanese line up of drivers.

Round 2 served as a true testament to the growing competitiveness of the endurance kart racing series, with the top 10 qualifiers being covered by a mere 0.3 seconds. The fastest 17 karts were separated by less than a second.

With the summer heat swiftly approaching, the 2016 Kartdrome Endurance Championship Driven by Mini will be taking a break and returning with the 700km round 3 race in October 2016. The season finale 24-hour is slated to be held in December 2016.

 
 
 

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