The final meeting for the fourth generation Clio Cup in the Clio Cup France offered a spectacular show at Circuit Paul Ricard. Race one winner Dorian Guldenfels (TB2S) wrapped up the title at the end of a dramatic finale. Edwin Traynard (Autosport GP) and David Pajot (Vic’Team) won the titles in the Junior and Gentleman categories.
The fight for the title began right from Friday with David Pouget (GPA Racing) posting the best time of 2:26.249s. The second session was contested at night and it was first-time Clio Cup France competitor Lilou Wadoux (GPA Racing) leading the way. The Junior category driver was followed by David Pouget and Thibaut Bossy (TB2S).
RACE 1: GULDENFELS WITH STYLE
In wet conditions Saturday, Nicolas Milan took the pole in 2:40.276s, edging the trio of GPA Racing drivers David Pouget, Alexandre Albouy and Jordi Palomeras. Emmanuel Raffin (Autosport GP) completed the top five ahead of Dorian Guldenfels.
David Pouget got the better of Nicolas Milan at turn one, before the five-time champion dropped behind Alexandre Albouy, Anthony Jurado (Milan Compétition), Dorian Guldenfels and Jordi Palomeras.
Soon, the two leaders pulled away while Anthony Jurado led the chase group while also fending off the attacks coming from Dorian Guldenfels, who found his way past on lap four before closing the gap to the leaders.
Four laps later, the Alsace native got past Alexandre Albouy before attacking race leader David Pouget. At the end of a virile battle on the last lap, the leader in the general classification took the win to take another step towards the title.
The final spot on the podium was just as intense as Anthony Jurado made his way past Alexandre Albouy, then Jordi Palomeras on the last lap to finish third. While he saw his title hopes disappear, Nicolas Milan won a titanic battle for sixth place against Kevin Jimenez (GPA Racing), Lilou Wadoux - the Junior category winner - and James Ross (Bob Ross Racing).Tenth place finisher, David Pajot celebrated his Gentleman title with the win in his category and the fastest lap of the race.
RACE 2: THE WIN FOR JURADO, THE TITLE FOR GULDENFELS!
On Sunday morning, Kevin Jimenez made Clio Cup France history in becoming the last pole winner in the fourth generation Clio Cup, but he started behind David Pouget and Junior drivers Luis Gonzalez and Lilou Wadoux after receiving a three-place penalty after a contact with Matteo Poloni (Essecorse) the day before. Jordi Palomeras and Dorian Guldenfels shared row three.
David Pouget got the best start to take the lead ahead of Luis Gonzalez, Kevin Jimenez and Lilou Wadoux. Meanwhile, Dorian Guldenfels dropped to ninth place before launching his counter-attack in an action-packed field.
The tension rose on lap two. Battling with Kevin Jimenez, Luis Gonzalez hit David Pouget. The incident shuffled the order at the sharp end with Lilou Wadoux taking the lead ahead of David Pouget and Anthony Jurado, who was sixth just a few corners earlier. Luis Gonzalez headed to the pits before returning to try to score crucial points for the Junior title!
David Pouget wasted little time to retake the lead against Lilou Wadoux before Anthony Jurado did the same. Further back, Dorian Guldenfels was in a fight for fifth place with Kevin Jimenez, but the two made contact on the pit straight. The leader of the general classification was forced to retire, as were Nicolas Milan and Corentin Tierce (Tierce Racing), who got caught up in the crash.
Standing in the pit lane, Dorian Guldenfels was out of contention in race two, which was restarted for a seven-minute final shootout. David Pouget quickly pulled away from the field and was about to snatch the title just until one-last twist and turn as his left-rear rim broke in the Mistral chicane!
Anthony Jurado inherited the lead ahead of Jordi Palomeras and Kevin Jimenez. Despite the desires of his pursuers, Anthony Jurado held on for his third win of the season ahead of the Spaniard while Kevin Jimenez was penalized 30 seconds after the race for the accident that eliminated Dorian Guldenfels.
Junior category winner, Lilou Wadoux was promoted to third place ahead of David Pajot, who, once again, took the honours among the Gentlemen. Matteo Poloni was fifth ahead of Edwin Traynard, Guillaume Maio (GM Sport), Stéphane Auriacombe (Tierce Racing), Mathieu Lannepoudenx (Milan Compétition) and Thibaut Bossy (TB2S).
Chez les Juniors, Edwin Traynard est sacré pour quatre unités seulement face à Luis Gonzalez tandis que David Pajot est couronné pour la deuxième année de suite du côté des Gentlemen. Les deux lauréats repartent du Castellet avec des horloges de bureau conçues elles aussi spécifiquement par BRM. Le tableau d’honneur de la saison 2019 est complété par TB2S, titrée chez les équipes, et Nicolas Milan, lauréat du BRM Award pour l’ensemble de son œuvre en Clio Cup France.
In the general classification, Dorian Guldenfels takes the title with 371 points versus 339 for David Pouget and 287 for Nicolas Milan. The driver from Alsace also wins a fifth generation Clio Cup and a BRM wristwatch exclusively created for the champion by BRM, Clio Cup France’s partner.
Edwin Traynard wins the Junior category title by just four points from Luis Gonzalez while David Pajot wins the Gentleman category for the second successive year. Both leave Le Castellet with desk clocks specifically designed by BRM. TB2S wins the 2019 Teams’ title while Nicolas Milan wins the BRM award for his long-term commitment and success in Clio Cup France.