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Fightback results in a well-deserved point for Verdonck in Paul-Ricard

Le Castellet (F) The Third Round of the Blancpain Endurance Series, ran on a sunny and warm Paul-Ricard circuit, in the South of France, was a hard weekend for Gulf-Racing and Nico Verdonck.

Following a tough qualifying session the #69 McLaren GT3 with Nico Verdonck and his teammates Rob Bell and Adam Carroll managed to make their way through the field and finish top-ten and score the important final championship point.

With 60 cars on the track it was again a tough competition, some serious battles on track, within the different categories made it very challenging to keep the rhythm high, without putting too much pressure on the tires.

Rob took a solid start from 22nd position and managed to work his way through. He ran a perfect stint to hand the wheel of the #69 McLaren in 7th position. During the pit-stop #69 lost one position, however Nico was able to drive a steady stint and climb up the rankings to 6th position. Throughout the race traffic played once again a critical role. Nico made a move on an opponent in a Mercedes-SLS, but found himself stuck as the SLS was stronger coming out the corners, after different attempts and to avoid contact he had to leave the door open and lost two positions. Nico kept his head cool under these difficult circumstances and brought the car in safely. Adam took over and drove a solid stint to bring the #69 car home with a more then deserved point for the championship.

"It’s very hard to come back from the middle of the field, after struggling in qualifying – It is a point we still need to work on. We have always been able to come back, even if this takes a lot of energy from the car and tires. We are still 9th in the championship, with the two most important races of the season still to come (Spa 24h and 1000km of Nurburgring). There are still a lot of points to be earned, and everything is possible. Together with Gulf-Racing and my teammates we’ll continue to work hard and be ready for the final two rounds. I’m confident that with Gulf-Racing and my teammates we will kick back. The McLaren is a reliable and competitive car."