Redemption day for Jurado at Zandvoort
Stripped off his Saturday victory, Anthony Jurado (Milan Compétition) exacted revenge in leading race two of the Clio Cup at Zandvoort from start to finish. The Frenchman started from pole position and won ahead of David Pouget (GPA Racing) and Challenger Léo Jousset (Milan Compétition) to get back in contention in Clio Cup Europe and Clio Cup Eastern Europe before the summer hiatus. Dutchman Rene Steenmetz (Chefo Sport) won on home soil in the Gentlemen Drivers Cup.
Sunday's qualifying conditions were very different to the previous day after overnight showers at Zandvoort. However, Michelin's slick tyres proved to be the best choice, and Anthony Jurado took pole ahead of Jerzy Spinkiewicz (Uniq Racing), David Pouget and Alexandre Albouy (GPA Racing). Clio Cup Europe leader Nicolas Milan (Milan Compétition) was only tenth at the end of a session, which ended prematurely when Pierre Monmaneix (GPA Racing) stopped on track.
When the lights went out, Anthony Jurado made a perfect getaway while David Pouget blew past Jerzy Spinkiewicz for second place. Meanwhile, Léo Jousset got the better of Alexandre Albouy. Marc Guillot (Milan Compétition) and Tomas Pekar (Carpek Service) demonstrated some opposite-lock mastery to complete the top six at the end of an opening lap that saw several position changes in the field.
While the leading duo immediately built up a gap, Jerzy Spinkiewicz had to work hard to hold off Léo Jousset. The Frenchman found an opening on lap three, but Marc Guillot passed the two and began to chase down the leaders. At the same time, Nicolas Milan made a series of manoeuvres and took advantage of his opponents' mistakes to move up to fifth place on lap five.
Two laps later, the safety car came out after a collision between Samuel Chaligne (T2CM) and Luciano Gioia (Essecorse). Once the race restarted, Anthony Jurado was attacked by his pursuers while the action heated up with a monumental battle for seventh place in which Joran Leneutre (JSB Compétition) was one of the victims.
Anthony Jurado increased the pace to set the fastest race lap and take the win with a one-second margin of victory from David Pouget. Challenger Léo Jousset completed the most successful weekend of his young Clio Cup career by finishing on the podium ahead of Marc Guillot and Nicolas Milan. Jerzy Spinkiewicz finished sixth ahead of Julien Briché (JSB Compétition), who got around Alexandre Finkelstein (GPA Racing) on the last lap. Nikola Miljkovic (Tempo Racing Team) did the same to Tomas Pekar for the ninth place. Finally, Dutchman Rene Steenmetz won the Gentlemen Drivers' race on his home turf after an intense battle, beating Quinto Stefana (Milan Competition) by only 82/1000th of a second.
CLIO CUP EUROPE
The leader from start to finish, Anthony Jurado, won in Clio Cup Europe ahead of David Pouget and Marc Guillot. Fourth on Sunday, Nicolas Milan saw his lead in the general classification reduced to 21 points. As the day before, Poland's Jerzy Spinkiewicz won in front of Nikola Miljkovic and Guillaume Maio (GM Sport) to increase his lead in the Challengers Cup. Meanwhile, René Steenmetz won the Gentlemen Drivers Cup thanks to his overtake of Quinto Stefana on lap ten, whose lead is now just one point. Dutchman Stephan Polderman (Chefo Sport) completed the category podium.
CLIO CUP FRANCE
Victorious against Léo Jousset and Nicolas Milan, David Pouget scored his third success to pass the mid-season mark with a 34-point advantage over Nicolas Milan. Léo Jousset claimed his best result in the Clio Cup and took his second consecutive victory in the Challengers Cup ahead of Jerzy Spinkiewicz and Alexandre Finkelstein to narrow the gap to Joran Leneutre to six points. Defending Gentlemen Drivers Cup champion Laurent Dziadus (Team Lucas) also took his first victory of 2022 ahead of Lionel Viguier (T2CM) and Mathieu Rigoulet (Vic'Team), who still leads the category.
CLIO CUP EASTERN EUROPE
Also competing in the Clio Cup Eastern Europe, Anthony Jurado sealed his brace of victories in the Netherlands by winning ahead of Marc Guillot, whose lead in the general classification continues to grow over Tomas Pekar, who finished third today. In the Challengers Cup, leader Juuso Panttila also made it a two-win weekend by taking the lead on the opening lap and never looking back. Chen Han Lin (Uniq Racing) and Henrik Seibel (Carpek Service) completed the podium. Lastly, Rene Steenmetz put in a better showing than his fellow Dutchman Stephan Polderman to increase his lead in the Gentlemen Drivers Cup.
The next meeting will be at the Hungaroring (8-10 July) for a joint round of the Clio Cup Europe and Clio Cup Eastern Europe. Clio Cup France will return the following week at Mugello (15-17 July).
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