Professional racer Alex Kapadia helped Boutsen Ginion racing score a season best 5th place during his double stint in the final round of the European Le Mans Series at Paul Ricard this weekend. He also was the fastest silver driver in the LMP2 category all weekend despite being only his second time in the car.
Kapadia, who made his debut in the LMP2 category just two weeks ago at Budapest, qualified the in 6th place just two tenths of a second behind ex-F1 driver Christian Klien, and just four tenths away from 3rd place on the grid. “My last lap was my quickest as our three driver line up has meant limited running in practice, so we are still learning with every lap. I am very happy as I know that I can find more time,” said the 33 year-old from Buckinghamshire, UK.
For the race Kapadia took over the car from James Swift while it was running 7th one lap down on the leader. He quickly passed the Jota car of Simon Dolan to unlap himself and set a series of laps which saw him as one of the quickest on the circuit, at the time only eventual race winner Brendan Hartley was quicker. He was soon into 6th ahead of SMP Racing and a few laps later was into 5th with a bold move past the Race Performance Oreca 03. Still charging, the ex-European Radical Masters Champion inherited 4th at the last round of pitstops when newly crowned champion Nelson Panciatici made an unscheduled stop for a new steering wheel. For the next 12 laps the pair were the quickest on the circuit, with a wheel to wheel battle to the end, Kapadia eventually finished 5th to record his best result yet in the LMP2 category.
The result was also a season best result for the Boutsen squad despite the lack of time in the car for its three driver line up.
Olivia Laine Boutsen said “Alex drove a great double stint here today. He has proved that he is fast and despite never having tested the car he was already mixing with the fastest drivers in the series. We hope we can work with him next season.”
Alex Kapadia commented “I have had a great couple of races in LMP2 with Boutsen. I am still learning more about the car with every lap and I feel there is much more to come as I gain more miles in the seat. I am extremely grateful to my co-drivers and Boutsen for this opportunity to prove myself and I will be doing everything possible to be back next year.”
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