Cold but clear conditions greeted riders at the famous Paul Ricard Circuit in the South of France this weekend, where they had arrived from all across Europe for the opening round of the new European Endurance Legends Cup series.
With a series of strikes affecting routes in and out of France, many riders had fun just getting to the track, but the perils of the journey were soon a distant memory as the action got underway.
Temperatures were a chilly six degrees during qualifying, so tyre warmers were used by many of the teams to get some much needed heat into their ContiRoadAttack 2 CR classic race radials.
With four different classes on the grid, it was a hectic affair out on track, but with a clear line emerging Phase One put themselves 6th on the grid overall, and 2nd in the Superbike class.
Graeme Gowland took on the responsibility of the opening 40 minute stint for the team as racing began under the cloak of darkness, with temperatures continuing to fall.
Over the course of the 4 hour race several teams were well in contention for the overall win, but it would be Henk van Der Mark and Dirk Brand’s GSX1100 that would come out on top as the duo completed 96 laps, also running Continental tyres.
Roadrunner topped the Legend class, followed by Motobell Moto Guzzi who won the Classic class. Phase One came home in 4th overall, also winning the Superbike class and taking the fastest lap of the race with a 2:22994 on the 9th lap of the race – a testament to the durability of our classic race rubber. The result is currently pending a decision from Race Direction.
Next up the series comes to Donington in May as part of the Endurance Legends weekend in mid-May.
Congratulations to the Roadrunner squad on their victory – we’ll see them in action again very soon.
Find out more about the ContiRoadAttack 2 CR here.