LeCLERC GRABS ANOTHER VICTORY
SHWARTZMAN ON POLE AT CIRCUIT PAUL RICARD
After setting best time in the collective tests, Robert Shwartzman (R-ace GP) kept his momentum going in claiming the first pole on offer at Circuit Paul Ricard. On Sunday, the Russian driver will start ahead of the leader in the general classification Sacha Fenestraz (Josef Kaufmann Racing) and Gabriel Aubry (Tech 1 Racing). Tomorrow, the Formula Renault Eurocup field will take part in the second qualifying session to determine the start grid for race one that will also take place on Saturday.
FENESTRAZ FIRES THE FIRST SALVO IN THE COLLECTIVE TESTS
Under clear skies, the R-ace GP drivers took turns leading the way before Sacha Fenestraz pulled ahead. The Frenchman and rookie Yifei Ye (Josef Kaufmann Racing) improved five minutes from the end of the session, but Sacha Fenestraz finished on top with a time of 2:05.099. Max Fewtrell (Tech 1 Racing), Gabriel Aubry and wild-card entry Michael Benyahia (R-ace GP) completed the top five.
In the afternoon, Will Palmer, Max Defourny and Robert Shwartzman swapped best time with the Russian getting the nod. While Max Defourny was the first to improve on the morning benchmark time, Robert Shwartzman stopped the clock in 2:04.600 to end the session ahead of Sacha Fenestraz, Max Defourny, Will Palmer and rookie Alexander Vartanyan (JD Motorsport).
Robert Shwartzman (R-ace GP): “It is always good to be on pole, even if this one was quite easy to get! Right from the collective tests, I pushed to show our pace. The team did a great job and everything went the way we wanted it to! To take the pole with by 7/10ths of a second is excellent. We’ve found good speed in these hot conditions. Tomorrow, I will give it my all again in qualifying. I think I have chance to get a second pole this weekend, which would be the first time this season!”
LeCLERC DOMINATES FORMULA 2 QUALIFYING
FROM THE RESTORATION SHOP RIGHT TO THE PODIUM.
Pebble Beach, CA — Little more than 10 days ago, Bruce R. McCaw’s 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer emerged from the restoration shop of Steve Babinsky in Lebanon, N.J. After making the cross-country journey, the boattailed beauty captured the top prize at Sunday’s 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
“This Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer is a combination of speed, style and power,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. “Somehow these three elements — along with those fantastic torpedo running boards — become the very definition of elegance.”
“We’ve had the car for several years,” said McCaw, of Bellevue, WA. “The question was whether or not to restore it. I always hate to restore something that doesn’t need it. But we finally found enough pictures that we knew the car needed to be restored.”
Bruce was competing for Best of Show with his brother, John McCaw, and sister-in-law, Gwen McCaw, and their 1957 Ferrari 315 S Scaglietti Spyder. Also in the Winner’s Circle was a 1932 Packard 906 Twin Six Dietrich Convertible Victoria owned by William E. (Chip) Connor of Reno, Nev. Get all the results.
Held on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links, the concours drew 204 cars from 15 countries and 31 states — and the total included 54 first-time entrants. It also raised over $1.6 million that will benefit more than 80 local charities
SHADOW FOUNDER DON NICHOLS PASSES AWAY AT 92
by Pete Lyons
Marina, CA — Shadow is what Don Nichols named his race cars, but the image could pertain as well to the man himself. Tall, lean and generally reserved, he was known to have a mysterious background in military intelligence — a mystery he cultivated by generally declining to speak of it.