24h Le Mans
24 Hours of Le Mans – DRM Autographe Fun wins the Fun Cup
DRM Autographe Fun won the Fun Cup on Friday at the 24 Hours circuit ahead of the Zosh Di Envir 1 team and No Limit Racing, respectively.
The Fun Cup was held on Friday at the circuit in Le Mans. The event organizer, and head of M3M, Benoit Abdelatif is a happy man right now. With 89 entrants, the field put on quite a show for spectators. It was the first time an official race hosted as many competitors at the track. "It gives me chills! We started out 20 years ago. If you'd told me back then that we would serve as the curtain-raiser to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, I wouldn't have believed it. It's like a dream and Jacky Ickx gave the start on top of that. It is an honor to have the trust of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and to be a part of such a huge event!"
For the race, gearboxes were modified (3rd, 4th and 5th gears) and the Fun Cup cars reached 200 kph in the Mulsanne Straight. "There are duo line-ups going after performance, and others where there are five drivers who are friends or family members! That's part of what makes the Fun Cup special. Everyone gets to enjoy doing the race however they please."
Among the competitors were well-known personalities from auto racing. Canal+ Formula 1 commentator Julien Fébreau raced at the circuit for the first time ever. "This track evokes so much enthusiasm and happiness. To race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit is wonderful." He is in Le Mans just as an Alpine F1 will take the track tomorrow. "I am happy a Formula 1 will be here. Two huge auto racing worlds are coming together, and that's a good thing. Alpine recently won in F1 (Hungarian Grand Prix, Ed.) and now will compete at the highest level of endurance."
Sylvain Lévy, of the Vilebrequin YouTube channel, drove the #137. He, who is used to trying out many cars with his partner in crime Pierre Chabrier, was won over by the Fun Cup. "The Fun Cup was great, the driving was very easy. You enjoy yourself right away, it's kind of like back to basics. All the cars are equal, which allows for excellent battles on the track."
Shortly before 15:30, participants kicked off five hours of racing, with in front CG Racing's #219, Team WRT's #31, Milo Racing's #480 and DRM Autographe Fun's #2. The first laps were completed without a hitch as the drivers were careful not to upset the race in the first minutes.
Later, there was an incident for leader CG Racing's #219 at the Indianapolis corner almost three hours into the race. DRM Autographe Fun's #2 took the opportunity to nab the top spot and fight off GPX Racing's #428, Team WRT's #30, No Limit Racing's #482 and Team Petrolheads' #5. In the final hour, DRM Autographe Fun's #2 snatched the lead. In function of pit stops (a stint cannot exceed 37 minutes and a driver change is mandatory each time), drivers Ulysse de Pauw, Matthieu de Robiano and Stéphane Lémeret emerged victorious.