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Hélary Marks Return With Win

Defending Euro-Racecar Champ Claims Tours Win

July 8, 2012 - 10:08am

TOURS, France -- As Eric Hélary eyes a transition to NASCAR racing in the United States, he returned to the Euro-Racecar Series Sunday to claim the Evenement 100 and close out the series' historic race weekend.

Hélary took the lead with 20 laps remaining on the .4-mile temporary oval en route to the victory.

Points leader Ander Vilarino (#2 TFT-Banco Santander) finished second and (#100 Still Racing-Convergence) third.

Ben Kennedy, who won Saturday's Michelin 100, was involved in a mid-race accident and finished 14th.

The race weekend marked the first NASCAR-sanctioned oval track events in Europe.

Hélary finished 15th in Saturday's race under cloudy skies and rain, a disappointing finish for the #14 Still Racing-JDC Finance. Sunny conditions dominated Sunday, though, and Hélary made his way quickly to the front.

After taking second behind Dimitri Enjalbert (#33 OverDrive) on Lap 20, Hélary briefly dropped back a spot behind Romain Thievin (#99 Still Racing-Exotics Racing). But he was in perfect position to inherit the lead when Enjalbert and Thievin got together on Lap 80.

“When I was testing alone, it was hard to imagine that I could enjoy the race so much,” said Hélary, who is not defending his Euro-Racecar championship this season.

The race finished under a green-white-checkered finish, another first for the series.

Just outside the top three Wilfried Boucenna (#17 Pole Position 81-AIS) won the Junior category by beating Anthony Garbarino (#06 Rapido Racing) and Romain Fournillier (#11 OverDrive-McDonalds), while Stéphane Jaggi (#22 OverDrive) collected the Challenger Trophy. 
The Open division Final was raced over a distance of 50 laps, all of which were led by Vincent Gonneau. Simon Escallier (#18 Scorpus Racing) was second and Tanguy Ide (#44 Orhès Competition) finished third.