Bouche Takes Coupe de France


“Last weekend the Coupe de France 1/8th scale on-road took place at the LMRC track in Limoges in the center of France. In total the race saw 136 drivers in attendance, the biggest participation since 10 years. Among them were Stéphane Bouche and recently crowned French champion Richard Volta racing for the French Shepherd team. Friday and Saturday the weather was fine but on Sunday dark clouds covered the sky. Richard Volta again was in good shape and secured himself the pole-position, Stéphane Bouche was ranked on 10th position after qualifying. For this race there were no direct finalists and just 5 minutes before the start of the semi-finals the rain arrived so the conditions were really difficult for all the drivers. Bouche and Volta both managed to bump up to the final after a save 20 minutes drive. At the start of the 30 minutes long final Bouche had a tough battle for the lead with Sebastien Zalta who likes these conditions. After 10 minutes Bouche took over the lead an increased it lap by lap. At the end of the final, it was Stéphane Bouche with his Novarossi powered Velox V8 who took the victory 1 lap in front of Sebastien Zatla with brother Laurent Zalta finishing another lap down. After the race, Stéphane had the following to say: “I’m really happy to win this big race after finishing 3 times on the second place in the last years and also after a difficult and unlucky season. The reaction of all the people around me is really incredible and I enjoy this moment. So many thanks to Shepherd, Racing Experience and my mechanics for their support this year”.

1. Bouche, Stéphane Velox V8
2. Zatla, Sébastien
3. Zalta, Laurent
4. Mouton, Jacky
5. Riccobono, Stéphane
6. Gaetano, Fraioli
7. Thirion, Damien
8. Louis, Christophe
9. Volta, Richard (TQ) Velox V8
10. Cassagne, Jeremy”