Alpine champions again
Yes, Signatech Alpine and drivers Paul Loup Chatin, Oliver James Webb and Nelson Panciatici defended their 2013 ELMS championship.... but only just! Although the team were leading the race and heading for a likely win, they were handed first a 30 second pit penalty and then a whopping 3 minute penalty (remember, these are the stationary times and do not include entering and leaving the pit lane and getting back up to speed, so add a another minute to those) and what for? Wheel spinning in the
pit lane, (not exceeding the speed limit though). A bit harsh we think and I reckon the ACO just didn't want to have to offer the team the guaranteed Le mans 24 hour entry, the prize for winning the championship, and go through the debacle as they did this year.
The penalties placed the car 2 laps down and in 6th place although Paul Loup Chatin got the car up to fifth by the finish and with the Jota team having a difficult race and unable to finish higher than third, then the championship went to Alpine.
Well done to all concerned and just look at the tension on Nelson and Oliver here in the closing stages when nothing was definite:
never thought I would want a list but now find myself needing one just to remind me: Clio V6 230, Clio cup racer (X85), Clio 200 (X98) clio 182 (X65) (Riku's), Renault sport twin turbo in Panorama blue (van), Spider (Xciting) Clio220 Trophy.