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Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors wins EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy

Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors wins EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy

21/09/2017 16:44

Fourth past the finish line at the Bol d’Or, Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC galvanized the end of the race. The private BMW team’s rider Lucy Glöckner fought an epic duel with permanent team Honda Endurance Racing’s Sébastien Gimbert, who made third place by a whisker. Glöckner’s spectacular feat won the German team the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy and €5,000 in prize money.

Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC, the German squad managed by Max Neukirchner which is competing in the Formula EWC class this season, made a sensational debut in the 2017-2018 FIM EWC. The private BMW-mounted team from Germany finished fourth, less than a second behind the factory-backed Honda, after Lucy Glöckner, the top female rider on the grid, did an incredible job of holding off highly experienced Honda rider Sébastien Gimbert.

After starting from 10th spot on the grid, Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC plunged down the order to beyond 30th place early on in the race because of front tyre problems.

Lucy Glöckner, Jan Bühn and Stefan Kerschbaumer started a dogged climb back up, and recovered their Top 10 spot after three hours of racing. The BMW #48 continued its progress, moving up into the Top 5 at around 10am on the Sunday before launching itself into a battle for the third step of the podium in the last half-hour of the race.

Among the contenders for the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy, Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC came in ahead of Tati Team Beaujolais Racing, 8th past the finish line and winner in the Superstock class with riders Julien Enjolras, Julien Pilot and Kevin Denis: a brilliant result after a flawless race, which netted the team €4,200 in prize money.

11th at the finish of the Bol d’Or, Sarazin Motosport by Hall Motos 02 (Fabrice Auger, Stéphane Pagani and Julien Diguet) picked up 3rd place at the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy and the accompanying €3,700 prize.

Other prize-winners at the 2017 Bol d’Or were Serbian team AMSS TRB Vidra Team Serbia, French team Energie Endurance 91, French all-female squad Girls Racing Team, Swiss team Zuff Racing, and another five teams, all French: Speedteam 72, Artec #99, Team GP Moto, Team Broke Racing and Team Mongore 13 Endurance.

The EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy – renewed this season by FIM EWC promoter Eurosport Events, the organizers of individual FIM EWC races, and tyre manufacturer Dunlop – gives backing to Dunlop-shod private teams that do not benefit from direct support from a constructor.

Bol d’Or 2017 – EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy final standings
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Moulins, in Central France, is the stomping ground of Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences. This Saturday, the town celebrated the triumph of the 2016-2017 FIM EWC World Cup winner.

Women racers

22/09/2017 18:36 - 2017-2018, Bol d'Or

Female riders are in the spotlight right now. Lucy Glöckner’s battle for the podium galvanized the end of the Bol d’Or last weekend. But she wasn’t the only woman rider to enter the fray. The all-female Girls Racing Team (Amandine Creusot, Jolanda Van Westrenen and Muriel Simorre) finished the race too, and so did Flam Racing’s female rider Margaux Wanham.

Female riders are in the spotlight right now. Lucy Glöckner’s battle for the podium galvanized the end of the Bol d’Or last weekend. But she wasn’t the only woman rider to enter the fray. The all-female Girls Racing Team (Amandine Creusot, Jolanda Van Westrenen and Muriel Simorre) finished the race too, and so did Flam Racing’s female rider Margaux Wanham.

Racing the Bol d’Or as a two-man team on a current-day bike is quite a challenge. But when their 3rd rider withdrew after qualifying, National Motos decided to go ahead anyway with just Emeric Jonchière and Stéphane Egéa.

Endurance racing is a multi-faceted sport with extraordinary appeal. The prowess of the riders, teams, machines and tyre manufacturers all contribute to the excitement of the FIM EWC world championship, and this was amply demonstrated at the Bol d’Or.

Endurance racing is a multi-faceted sport with extraordinary appeal. The prowess of the riders, teams, machines and tyre manufacturers all contribute to the excitement of the FIM EWC world championship, and this was amply demonstrated at the Bol d’Or.

Reigning champion GMT94 Yamaha has won the Bol d’Or for the first time since 2007. The French factory-backed team clinched the victory ahead of Wepol BMW Motorrad Team by Penz13 and Honda Endurance Racing. The latter two teams staged a historic finish, with a duel between Sébastien Gimbert and female rider Lucy Glöckner of Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC.

Reigning champion GMT94 Yamaha has won the Bol d’Or for the first time since 2007. The French factory-backed team clinched the victory ahead of Wepol BMW Motorrad Team by Penz13 and Honda Endurance Racing. The latter two teams staged a historic finish, with a duel between Sébastien Gimbert and female rider Lucy Glöckner of Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC.

21 hours into the race at the Bol d’Or, Tati Team Beaujolais Racing is battling for the Superstock win. The French Kawasaki-mounted team is currently in 5th place, dominating the Superstock class.