Vautier returns to his sports car drive, ends seventh overall in Paul Ricard


For as much as we’ve chronicled Tristan Vautier and his exploits this year, the one things we haven’t done is actually chronicle when he has been in a sports car for Team AKKA-ASP.

Vautier, who missed the previous Blancpain Endurance Series round at Silverstone due to his last-minute call-up in the Indianapolis 500, was in the team’s Pro class entry with Morgan Moullin-Traffort and Alessandro Pier Guidi, the No. 20 Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 in Paul Ricard for the six-hour race.

Despite an 18th place grid position and multiple punctures during the race, the No. 20 car ended a respectable seventh overall, and sixth in the Pro class.

Vautier is expected back in the No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda next week at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., for the 11th round of the Verizon IndyCar Series season.

The Nissan trio of Wolfgang Reip, Alex Buncombe and Katsumasa Chiyo, in the Nissan GT Academy Team RJN Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, won the race overall. Chiyo, Reip and Florian Strauss won earlier this year in the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour.