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04/10/2021 News

De Wilde prolongs the suspense!

 

LE CASTELLET, France, October 4 – Held at the Circuit du Castellet, the only track that has featured on the Alpine Elf Europa Cup calendar every year since it started three years and four months ago, this season’s fifth round provided Jean-Baptiste Mela (Autosport GP), already a four-time winner this year, with a chance to pull clear of his rivals.

However, an action-packed weekend in the south of France served up an entirely different outcome. Ugo de Wilde (Herrero Racing) produced a masterful display in his Alpine A110 Cup! The young Belgian driver grabbed pole position for the first race of the weekend, before turning his dominance into a magnificent win. He had nonetheless lost the lead at the start of the race, before moving back ahead with assurance to secure the win, ahead of Jean-Baptiste Mela (Autosport GP) and Laurent Hurgon (Autosport GP). But he wasn’t about to stop at that: clearly feeling confident in his Alpine sports car on the famous high-speed "Signes" curve and the "Double Droite du Beausset" turn, Ugo de Wilde secured a second consecutive win in race 2, finishing in front of Lilou Wadoux (Patrick Roger Autosport GP) and Jean-Baptiste Mela (Autosport GP), despite having lined up in third position on the starting grid. A first-class performance from the Belgian driver, who in the process ensured that the fight for overall victory in the Alpine Elf Europa Cup will go down to the wire, with just one meeting to go in the 2021 season (Portimão, 22-24 October). In the Gentlemen Drivers’ category, however, all bets are off: although his series of six consecutive wins ended in Barcelona, Stéphane Auriacombe (Herrero Racing) arrived at the Paul-Ricard track with a real chance of securing overall victory. In the end, fourth place in the opening race was enough to put him out of reach and wrap up the title! Meanwhile, Mathieu Blaise (Herrero Racing), who was Gentlemen Drivers’ champion in 2019, made an impressive return to the category, winning both races this weekend. It is also worth noting that Stéphane De Groodt (Chazel Technologie Course), competing in the guest car, showcased his skills behind the wheel to take second place in the Gentlemen Drivers’ class in race 1.

Championship update

In claiming some forty-three points compared to just twenty-eight for Jean-Baptiste Mela (Autosport GP), Ugo de Wilde (Herrero Racing) enjoyed an excellent weekend in the south of France. The fifteen points he clawed back on his main rival means he now trails the leader by just seventeen points heading into what promises to be a tense and exciting final round!