Padmore & Rihon Shine with P2 at Dijon
Monday 4th July 2011
Reigate's Nick Padmore, and Beligian co-driver Jean-Lou Rihon, kept up their recent strong form in the French V de V Championship by claiming a hard-fought and well-deserved 2nd place in Round 4 at Dijon, France at the weekend.
Rihon started the three-hour endurance, after Padmore qualified the #34 Team TFT entry in P4, but dropped back down to 15th position after being hit in the opening stages. With a solid drive for the rest of his stint he was able to climb his way up to P9 before bringing the car in for Padmore at the halfway mark.
Padmore rejoined the race behind the safety car, down in P13, from where he drove flawlessly throughout his stint and took the car across the stripe in a superb P2 - the duo's best result of the season so far.
"Everything went to plan this weekend and I'm delighted with P2. Jean-Lou (Rihon) and I tend to run well here at Dijon, but the team have done a fantastic job and this is just what we needed to keep the momentum going for the rest of the season.
"We've had some very encouraging results and have kept up progress with the development of the car so a huge well done and thank you to Jean-Lou and everyone at Team TFT - all the effort and hard work is really paying off now.
"As long as we don't get complacent and we keep our focus, there's no reason why we can't go one better at Paul Ricard."
Round 5 of the French V de V Championship takes place at Paul Ricard, France after a summer break on 2 - 4 September. In the meantime, Padmore is preparing for one of the highlights of his racing calendar, the annual Silverstone Classic, where he will be featuring in two races to be announced next week.