Weather-wise Vizin triumphs twice at Magny-Cours

Monday 20 May 2024

After a 6-year absence from the Lotus Cup Europe calendar, the series returned to the former French Grand Prix venue for the second round of LCE 2024. With a full complement of starters that joined LCE for the opening round of Hockenheim, numbers were increased with the arrival of Italian GT Driver Diego Di Fabio running with team Quasar Motors.

Magny-Cours, located right in the centre of France, has both high-speed sections and technical challenges, which our drivers took turns in mastering during qualifying. First, we had Sweden’s Daniel Palma on Pole, a lap later our multiple champions Tamas Vizin led before Bence Balogh settled into Pole. Unfortunately, leading Italian driver in the 211O class Giacomo Giubergia didn’t get to set an official lap this weekend after gearbox issues in free practice the day before.

After the morning’s cool dry qualifying which saw engine issues preventing Diego Di Fabio from putting in more than 1 decently paced lap the sky’s changed colour and a few hours later Race 1 was officially declared a wet race with 2 formation laps.

In his opening race in a Lotus Di Fabio managed to progress up through the field past the other five 211O cars. Even more so impressive bearing in mind that his Elise Cup PBR is at a significant Power 2 Weight disadvantage over the 2-Eleven’s in particular.

Another young driver, also making the most of the wet rolling start, was leading production driver Robbe Janssens. Who managed to put 3 non-production cars between him and the 2nd in class battle having a good attempt at chasing down the V6s.

At the front of the pack the V6 Exiges battled with Balogh in his Evora. Unfortunately, German Rainer Börgens hit the wall ending the race with a red flag resulting in a familiar Vizin, Balogh & Maréchal top 3. Twenty of the twenty one cars that made it to Magny Cours finished the opening race.

Race TWO

Vizin made it a fairly comfortable double race win for the weekend, leading from lights to flag. Sweden’s Palma took second, with his best result since the opening weekend of 2023. Maréchal once again finished 3rd, followed by teammate Verhiest and then the GT Cup winner Henseler in his Emira GT4.

In dry conditions JP Genoud Prachex took the 211/O win ahead of Di Fabio with fellow Italian Matteo Riccardi taking his first Lotus podium in 3rd.

2023 Champion Mark Yates picked up his first win of the season when gremlins struck Janssens Elise late on in the race. Yates was pushing Janssens hard and we were robbed of a battle in the last couple of laps, would the young Belgian have been able to cope with the pressure, unfortunately we won’t know for now. Britain’s Mick Edwards and Dave Carr took well earned 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

Next up: Spa Francorchamps 5th & 6th July with the 25 hours Fun Cup event.

Race winners:

Race 1: Tamas Vizin (Hungary) – Exige V6 Cup R
Race 2: Tamas Vizin (Hungary) – Exige V6 Cup R

Class winners:

V6 Cup: Tamas Vizin (Hungary)
GT Cup: Bence Balogh (Great Britain) & Wolfgang Henseler
211Open: Di Fabio (Italy) & Jean Pierre Genoud-Prachex (France)
Production: Robbe Janssens (Belgium) & Mark Yates (Great Britain)