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NOGARO, France – Ander Vilarino capped a sweep of the opening race event Monday by claiming the Elite Division Endurance portion of the Nogaro 200 before more than 38,000 at Circuit Paul Armagnac
Vilarino, who won the pole Saturday and the 25-minute Sprint race Sunday, rolled to the win in Monday’s finale – a 60-minute race in which the Elite driver who started the race receives points based on the running order at the midway time, where there is a driver change, and the teammate from the Open (or amateur) Division receives points based on the finish.
“What a great weekend,” said Ander Vilarino. “It was a great fight against Romain Thievin and Dimitri Enjalbert. I’m so happy to have win all my races and especially here because it is the hometown of my team TFT.”
Vilarino completed 35 laps on the 3.636 km (2.259 miles) road course 1.6 seconds ahead of Javier Villa. Villa earned the Junior Trophy as the top finishing driver 25-and-under.
“I’m satisfied but we have to not rush,” Villa said. “It is only the beginning and we have room to improve. We’ll move step-by-step and every point earned is good. By the end of the season, I would like to fight for the title.”
Thievin, who was second in the Sprint, finished third in the Endurance race. Gregory Guilvert and 2009 series champion Wilfried Boucenna were fourth and fifth, respectively.
Romain Fournillier, Antoine Lioen, Carole Perrin, Freddy Nordström and Valentin Simonet.
Martin Van Hove won the Open Division segment, beating Vilarino’s teammate, Eric Quintal by .8 seconds. Alain Grand was third and earned the Legend Trophy, given to the top driver 50-and-over.
Twenty-four cars took the grid for Monday’s race, which was run under sunny conditions after a wet weekend.
Pole sitter Ander Vilarino (2) leads the field to green in the Elite Division Endurance race Monday in Nogaro. Mag Racing