Bottas secures first win in Rallycircuit at Paul Ricard
The Finn ends the year 2019 on a high with victory in Rallycircuit event.
Mercedes F1 driver Valtteri Bottas has ended 2019 season with a win in the Rallycircuit Cote d'Azur event at Circuit Paul Ricard.
Bottas with co-driver Marko Salminen drove the Citroen DS3 WRC in the Paul Ricard-based Rallycircuit Cote D'Azur to close his 2019 season on a sound note. The Finn was one of the five drivers to drive a WRC-spec car in the top-end category.
He won five of the nine stages run during the weekend to secure the win by exactly 50 second over Robert Consani (co-driver Salmon Valentin) in a Skoda Fabia R5 as Simon Gachet (co-driver Duffour Pascal) was third in a Citroen C3 R5.
Gachet leapfrogged Stephane Lefebvre (co-driver Baud Luice) in the final stage, with Lefebvre in a Porsche 991 GT3 Cup car. In fifth was F2 racer Dorian Boccolacci (co-driver Barral Florian) in a Skoda Fabia R5 with a penalty to his name.
The Frenchman finished third - on the podium - initially but a 20 seconds penalty dropped him to fifth just ahead of Durbec Thibault (co-driver Renucci Jacque-Julien) in a Citroen DS3 WRC, as it promoted Gachet to podium and Lefebvre to fourth.
Having finished fifth in a proper Artic Rally Lapland, Bottas' continues to show his rallying skills albeit in a all-together different format of Rallycircuit at Paul Ricard. The Finn is trying get non-F1 mileage under his belt to keep his mind fresh towards the title.
With Rallycircuit done, Bottas' 2019 season is completed - especially with all the announced plans. The Finn is now gearing up for a huge 2020 F1 season but the Finn is expected to take part in the Artic Rally Lapland again in January.
The Finn is expected to take part in the event post the F1 season.
[Image courtesy: Rallycircuit, Morgan Mathurin] [Note: This story was written by me on FormulaRapida.net]