Kujala and Amstutz obtained their fourth seasonal success in Race 1 at Paul Ricard circuit in PRO-AM category while Kodric placed on the third absolute position again.
A summer weather with high temperatures constantly around 30 degrees welcomed the 47 cars which took part to the third round of Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo at the very modern Paul Ricard circuit. This was a record of participation which only matched the opening round of the championship in Monza. Bonaldi Motorsport monopolised the front row in Race 1 thanks to Patrick Kujala’s amazing pole position and to Jeroen Bleekemolen’s second position. Bleekemolen was the prestigious new entry driver who shared the car no. 33 with Rolf Ineichen at the last minute. There were no doubts about Patrick’s pole position: it was impossible to attack the Finnish driver for all the session and he finished the race with a margin of nearly seven tenths on Jeroen. The Dutch driver, who was double champion of Porsche Supercup and class winner of 24 Hours of Le Mans 2008, obtained the second absolute position on the last lap. Martin Kodric had an excellent fifth position while Ricardo Vera conquered the twenty-third position.
Both Kujala and Bleekemolen had an excellent start in Race 1 but the nearly immediate entry of the safety car, due to an accident in the central positions of the group, vanished their efforts. The race started again after about fifteen minutes and the two leading Bonaldi Motorsport drivers repeated their really good start keeping the two first positions till the driver change. Amstutz replaced Kujala and he could maintain the first position in the PRO-AM category till the chequered flag while Ineichen reached the seventh position. Kodric was the great protagonist of the second half of the race. He performed a good come back till the final third place which allowed him to reach the podium as in Silverstone. The driver couple Vera-Barbosa gained the fifth PRO-AM position.
I performed an excellent start and after few curves I had a good margin. It was a pity that the safety car joined the track and, above all, the fact that it remained on the racetrack for a long time. When the race started again, I repeated what I was doing before, which means I pushed to build up the widest margin possible between my car and the immediate following drivers. Adrian performed very well and the success we obtained is fundamental for our championship.