November 4th, 2019.

Over 160 riders lined up for the 2-hour quad race at Loon Plage in Northern France last weekend, for Round 2 of the CFS Championship, with UK regulars Sheldon Seal and Ben Russell joined by Harry Walker and Laurence Stopps.

Jeremie Warnia hit the front, closely followed by Romain Couprie, Jeremy Forestier and Sheldon Seal on his SJS/AJ Willcock Yamaha. Ben Russell got away on the fourth row, and non-championship riders Stopps and Walker were made to start from the back with plenty of work to do.

Harry was the first to hit trouble after he had fought his way up through the pack, the stator on his ZIP Racing PAR Homes Yamaha packed up and side-lined him for most
of the race.

Meanwhile, at the front, Seal was battling with Warnia, Couprie, Van Grinsven, and Davino Bruneel, and after the pit stops around the one-hour mark, Van Grinsven lead from Couprie, Warnia and Seal.

With 30 mins to go Walker got underway again, using the remainder of the race as a sand test session for Skegness, eventually finishing down in 134th place.

With Couprie leading from Warnia, Forestier and Seal in a strong 4th place, the Brit hit trouble when a battery failure on his Yamaha brought his efforts to a close, as he parked up on the side of the track after 17 laps, leaving him with a DNF and 136th place at the end.

Meanwhile, it was a great race for Laurence Stopps on his QBRUS Yamaha. He kept out of trouble and came through from the back to finish in 63rd place and top
Brit on the day.

Meanwhile Ben Russell was having a clean race on his Boretech/B&G Machining Yamaha, but a late pit stop to fix a tech issue and a dash of fuel, saw him come home in 80th place.

At the finish it was Romain Couprie once again victorious from Van Grinsven, Warnia, Forestier and Bruneel in 5th.

Round three is at Magesq in Southern France on the 16th of November, when the Brits will be hoping for better luck!

Report: Keith Russell

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