Championnat de France Camions in Nogaro - Janiec wins both races on Saturday
09. June 2018Nogaro - Anthony Janiec reasserted his present dominant form throughout qualifying. But what we didn’t expect was that his 17-year-old teammate
Téo Calvet would best MAN colleague Thomas Robineau, despite the latter’s ETRC exposure, by more than a second.
As in free practice yesterday, former champ Lionel Montagne (Renault) completed the quartet at the top of the timesheet. Polish Renault pilot Grzegorz Ostaszewski was the only other driver to dip within 2 minutes.
The Championnat de France Camions may be a national championship, but Ostaszewski isn’t the only non-French participant – besides him, two Portuguese and three Spaniards have brought a distinct Iberian flair to the field of French nationals.
In the Super Pole it was these five again that were clearly faster than everyone else. Only now Robineau stepped on it to secure second place on the grid alongside Janiec and ahead of Calvet.
In the day’s first race Janiec and Robineau rapidly pulled away from the rest of the field while entertaining the crowd with a skilfully fought duel all the way to the flag, which Janiec took not quite two tenths ahead of his closest rival. It took a while till their pursuers crossed the line. Lion cub Calvet faced little challenge in 3rd from Montagne and Ostaszewski.
Race 2 and the Pole would start from 4th on the grid, with Montagne, Calvet, Robineau, and Janiec right behind him.
There was a spectacular crash on the opening lap, which took out a few of the trucks in the rear half of the field. At the end of Lap 1 Ostaszewski was in the lead, but Janiec and Robineau were presently hammering away at his rear crash guard. At the close of the seventh lap Janiec was in the lead, followed by Robineau and Ostaszewski – but then something broke in the gearbox of the Pole’s truck.
The Renault spewed oil all over the track, trucks behind it skidded off one after the other, and the race had to be stopped. The classification followed the order in which the trucks had crossed the line at the completion of Lap 7, but only half the points were awarded since only seven of 12 laps had been covered.
Janiec’s second win today was more comprehensive than in the full race earlier. Robineau was 2nd, followed by Ostaszewski. Montagne was 4th and Téo Calvet 5th.
The evening ended considerably less dramatically with the parade of the showtrucks into town and the traditional barbecue on the terrace of the pit complex.