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!”
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.
|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