Sodi On Top In French Championship Round 2
The second meeting of the 2010 French Championship, held last weekend in Angerville, brought great satisfaction to the Sodi Racing Team. Sodi chassis won relentlessly in all the categories, strengthening their domination of KF3 and KZ2 with Pierre Gasly and Anthony Abbasse in the lead, while Alex Baron showed some brilliant performances in KF2. The hard work done by the whole team since the beginning of the season is now evident in results at all levels, so much so that the team manager, usually very reserved, even went as far as to show a trace of euphoria in his analysis.
«I am really happy», Nicola De Cola confessed without needing coaxing, at the end of the weekend. «In KF3, we have reached our cruise speed as far as equipment is concerned. Pierre Gasly has done his job perfectly and now we can win some time with Charles Leclerc's arrival in our team: he is a very good recruit and can go a long way. The two drivers have already been capable of doing a team's race and when Pierre had an engine problem in the final, on Sunday, Charles was ready to secure victory alone».
Pierre Gasly perfectly accomplished his mission by hitting the big slam «timed qualifying/pre-final/final» on Saturday, while Charles Leclerc was getting familiar with his new material in race. Léo Roussel - always very effective - from Ludo Racing Team performed remarkably, allowing Sodi to achieve a masterly hat trick in the final and to outclass competition on track. The three drivers repeated their performance the following day, in timed qualifying and in the pre-final. Gasly had started out along the same path in the final, but his engine failed, so Leclerc, who was on the look-out for it, had the chance to climb on the third step of the podium. In the Championship, Gasly increased his advantage in the French Championship ahead of Léo Roussel and Charles Leclerc! Three Sodi Drivers!
«We did not expect this superiority in KZ2» SRT team manager continued. «Anthony Abbasse showed some exceptional performances. He is really a very good driver, in excellent form both physically and mentally. Just like our equipment, he is totally ready; I confess that in these conditions, our ambitions largely exceed the GPO frame».
Abbasse won it all in the two racing days by showing an impressive domination. Winner of the two pre-finals as well as of the two finals, he did his job like a real pro! Modest as usual, he praised the qualities of his Sodi ST32 BV chassis (... and with reason, given the equally remarkable performances by Pierre Ragues as soon as came out the cabin of his Aston Martin after the 24 Hours of Le Mans) and the effectiveness of his team. Anthony dominates the standings of the KZ2 Championship with 4 victories in 4 races...
As for KF2, results were very convincing. «Alex Baron's talent and the qualities of our 2010 chassis demonstrated that now we are on it in every category, while we knew that we were still a bit limited in terms of motorisation in the KF2 category, where level is very high. But we made some important progress with Iame and this is just the beginning. Alex knows how to be patient and we are on the right track on the eve of major events», Nicola De Cola concluded.
Pole man, winner of the pre-final and second in Saturday's final, Baron showed the greatest progression of the weekend in the Championship general standings and now follows closely the current leaders.
Heightened by the long series of victories conquered by Sodi chassis in all the categories (in France and abroad) as well as by national and international performances, spirits are now sky high with a view to the forthcoming European KZ2 Championship (this weekend in Varennes) and KF2/KF3 Championships (mid-July in Genk).