This weekend was held the fourth round of the French On-road Nationals at the ARCA16 track in Angoulême in the center of France. Great weather with temperatures close to 35 ° Celsius in the shade, and a very fast and demanding track awaited the drivers. In the Elite class, it was Stef ‘Sbr’ Bouche (Shepherd) who took TQ honors just ahead of Arnaud Mathieu, after a very tight qualifying between the first 8 drivers. In the National class Simon Bergoin took the overall TQ from Faisal Affejee (Shepherd).
During the first 15 minutes of the Elite final there was a big battle between Bouche and Richard Volta. Both drivers knew each other very well so it was a big show to watch both drivers battling it out with less than a second apart. Later on Bouche gradually pulled away and showed a perfect race without committing the slightest mistake. At the end of the race the battle was between Delaunay (Shepherd) and Volta, but the Shepherd driver will have the last word to finish five seconds behind Bouche who was in great form this weekend thus signing a doubled win for Team Shepherd France also winning both categories.
In National final, after a good start Bergoin and Affejee escaped quickly. Following some small mistakes of the leader Affejee tried to squeeze his Velox V8 through, but both drivers made contact. Unfortunately Affejee needed to visit the pit for some repairs and rejoined the race on last position. Pushing himself to the limit, laying down the only 16 second lap of the final and running the 30min final in “qualifying mode” as he said after the race Affejee took the win in front of Yannick Raffier in second and young talented driver Maxime Ripoll in third.