31 August, 2009
British racing driver Nick Padmore and team mate Jean-Lou Rihon finished in a fine second place in the French V de V race at Dijon, France at the weekend. The result comes a weekend after the pair finished a strong 6th in the SPEED Series UK race at Snetterton.
It was Belgian Rihon who started the 3-hour endurance race from 6th on the grid but had a tough time during his stint as he battled with the Pro drivers, dropping to P13 before picking up a puncture. As he came into the pits to replace the wheel, Norma UK team manager Tim Mullis made the quick call to use the stop to refuel and get Reigate-resident Padmore in the hot seat.
Padmore rejoined the race in 13th position but was up to P9 after only a handful of laps, and for the last hour of the race was the fastest car on the track. With just two laps to go Padmore snatched P2 to record their best placing in the ultra-competitive championship this season, finishing only 15 seconds behind the first-placed Palmyr entry.
"It's just a fantastic feeling to finish on the podium", added a delighted Padmore. Jean-Lou drove consistently and handed the car over to me in good health, so well done to him. The car was perfect from the first day of the meeting and, thankfully, we weren't hampered by the gearbox troubles that have compromised some of our other outings this season, so I have to say thank you to the team. Hopefully, as a unit, we can build on this and generate some similar results in the remaining three races."
Padmore will next be out in action at the prestigious Goodwood Revival in a little over three weeks time, racing in his family-run 1965 Mini Cooper S.