Renault Trucks and the Aravi Team front runners in the french truck racing cup competition
4 races, 2 victories, 4 podiums and the 4 best lap times… Lionel Montagne, the new Aravi Team driver, is building up a string of excellent results. They have now made him the leading driver in the French Truck Racing Cup stakes, following the French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours which took place last weekend.
At Magny Cours, Lionel Montagne, the new Aravi Team driver, has repeated his excellent performance at Nogaro by being first over the line for two of the four races which counted for the French Grand Prix. He is backed by a whole team which is unanimous in declaring its ambition - to win the 2011 French Truck Racing Cup.
Lionel Montagne roared off from pole position in the first race and kept in the lead throughout the race's 10 laps. This of course took him to the top step of the podium which he complemented by also clocking the fastest lap: 2'16''330.
The second race had a reverse order start, and saw Lionel Montagne in second place behind Noël Crozier piling the pressure on the championship's current leader. But in the final straight before the chequered flag, a tail-ender ditched his chances by forcing him to brake and take evasive action. He therefore only made it to the second step of the podium, although still recorded the race's best lap time of 2'17''030.
On Sunday, after setting a track record of 2'14''786 during the warmup, Lionel Montagne started in pole position again for the third race and stayed out in front until he crossed the finishing line. Yet another fine victory for the Aravi Team!
The weekend's fourth and final race once again had a reverse order start. But that didn't phase Lionel Montagne! He overtook all his French Cup rivals, including the MAN team and its driver Noël Crozier, taking the position of overall championship leader from him at the same time!
This meant that at the end of the Magny Cours Grand Prix, the Aravi Team had once again reasserted its ambition to regain the French Championship crown previously held by Jacques Perret. The man himself was actually at the track during the weekend, celebrating the team's 25th anniversary. In fact, the team was created in 1986 by Renault Trucks staff members and still includes a large number of the manufacturer's workforce, together with several other truck racing enthusiasts.
2011 is also a special year for the team because of its partnership with the Renault Trucks France TruckDriver' Club. The 520 TruckDriver' Club members are invited to share the racing experience with the team in the paddock at every Grand Prix event. This weekend, the colours of the TruckDrivers' Club and Renault Trucks were proudly flying high above the track, where the 23,000 spectators could not fail to see them!
We are all behind the Aravi team and look forward to the 8 and 9 October at Le Mans when they will be competing in the French Championship's grand finale!