India’s Akhil Rabindra has started his 2020 season with a top-ten finish at the Circuit Paul Armagnac de Nogaro in the French FFSA GT Championship this weekend (August 21-23, 2020). Akhil and his partner Gilles Vannelet, representing AGS Events Racing Team, clocked a swift 01:00:49.314 hrs finish after 37 laps in race 3 despite tricky conditions on the French circuit which is the largest GT4 grid in Europe.
“It was a completely new track for me and it’s one of those tracks that you probably need a lot of running to come to grips with it, but it’s an awesome track. It’s very fast and challenging. It was a very interesting race. There are ample opportunities to improve and hopefully, we’ll get a podium finish soon’’, said Rabindra.
French driver Gilles Vannalet, with his best timing of 1:33.268 mins, finished 10th among the 17 cars in the Pro-am category in Q1 before Akhil, finished 13th with the best timing of 1:33.193 mins. On average, the duo finished 11th in the said category with an average best time lap of 1:33.230 mins.
The AGS Events Team, behind the wheel of car 69, made a strong comeback in Race 1 to elevate themselves to a respectable position of seventh, having clocked 01:00:13.348 hrs after 34 laps. In the subsequent race, the Indo-French duo’s performance dipped to see them relinquish their position and drop to tenth in the Pro-am category with a timing of 01:00:17.639 hrs after 35 laps.
Beaubelique and Jim Pla of AKKA-ASP Team, who were penalised for a too short pit stop on Saturday, took dazzling revenge on Race 2 having taken the chequered flag with a time of 01:00:06.694 hrs. Another team of AGS Events comprising of Gomar and Parisy secured a podium finish with 01:00:08.217 hrs.