Australian Josh Burdon has built on his 2012 form by taking a comprehensive win in the opening race of the 2013 Euro Racecar Open series in Nogaro, France.Burdon3

Last year, the Nogaro-based French squad Scorpus Racing won the Open title with Simon Escallier, with Burdon competing for the first time overseas at the end-of-season Valencia and Le Mans rounds where he showed astonishing speed on debut. Alain Veyssière has doubled the size of his race shop at the Nogaro circuit to take the next step in the development of his team.

The former Australian Formula 3 driver, Burdon began the weekend in style by taking out the coveted pole position in his Forza Motorsport Cheverolet SS and built a solid foundation on his qualifying by pulling a crushing 9 second gap on the opposition during the 25 minute race. Josh then set into a rhythm, finishing 6 seconds ahead at the flag. Burdon’s team-mate, Sebastian Baron rounded out a solid result for Scorpus Racing in fifth.

Burdon was full of praise for the Scorpus steam on Saturday, saying “Yeah good feeling! Cheers to the hard working team. Now to try back it up tomorrow!”

Burdon 002In 2013 Scorpus Racing is enjoying a positive start thanks to partnerships with Microsoft France, Xbox and Forza Motorsport.

The series will also return to England’s Brands Hatch as the headliner for American Speedfest in June, as well as Tours Speedway in France in July. The Tours race will be held once again on a temporary oval just outside Paris.

OPEN DIVISION

Pos. No. Driver Team Laps Gap
1 18 Josh Burdon Scorpus / Forza Motorsport 16
2 7 Anthony Gandon TFT – Leclerc 16 6.342
3 44 Julien Goupy Rapido Racing by Still 16 13.404
15 Vincent Gonneau Gonneau Racing / OverDrive 16 21.172
5 20 Sébastien Baron Scorpus Racing 16 22.467
6 13 Guillaume Rousseau Bull Racing Team 16 43.181
7 3 Enzo Pastor TFT – Alpes Carrelage/Philippines 16 47.307
8 64 Gabriele Volpato Gonneau Racing / OverDrive 16 1:03.450
9 5 Joaquin Gabarron (G) Rapido Racing by Still 16 1:16.267
10 9 Zihara Esteban Scorpus Racing / Spirit 16 1:17.439
11 46 Christophe de Fierlant (G) Racing Club Partners 16 1:21.417
12 85 Nicolas Gaudin (L) VTS 85 16 1:27.757
13 100 Stéphane Sabates (G) Still Racing – Convergence 16 1:31.239
14 55 Jérôme Laurin (L) Pole Position 81 16 1:33.302
15 68 Renzo Calcinati (G) T-Engineering 16 1:40.043
16 28 Franck Violas (G) RDV Competition 15 1 lap
17 42 Caty Caly Autosport 42 15 1 lap
18 17 Philippe Beaudinière (L) Pole Position 81 15 1 lap
19 22 Léonard Vernet (L) Gonneau Racing / OverDrive 14 2 laps
20 14 Joseph Cozella (G) Still Racing – JDC Finances 11 5 laps
21 19 Marco Rocca (L) Scorpus Racing / RAWW 13 DQ
22 2 Eric Quntal (G) TFT-Banco Santander 13 DQ

The series has added France’s Circuit de Dijon-Prenois in May and Italy’s Autodromo Nazionale di Monza in September to the schedule, as well as a non-points stop at Spain’s MotorLand Aragón on Sept. 1.

Images courtesy of Nserre and Kevin Kevin Goudin Photographie

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