Overcast but dry conditions greeted competitors for the much anticipated opening IRRC Supersport race of 2021.
Almost immediately there was drama as Optimark Road Racing’s Xavier Denis, race concluded just as race action started with the Frenchman forced to drop out of contention.
Fastest qualifiers Pierre Yves Bian, Petr Najman were locked in a tantalising battle for victory before red flags arose post lap four.
Post a 20 minute plus delay, the race was re-started just as wet weather embarked itself upon Circuit De Chimay.
As during the first race start, pole sitter Yves Bian was quickly into the groove moving by the conclusion of lap 2, 7.76 seconds clear of Ilja Caljouw.
Unfortunately red flags were to arise again, following an incident believed to have involved Performance Racing Achterhoek’s Jorn Hamberg.
After another early race stoppage, organisers made the decision to call the race result based on positions at the completion of lap two, meaning a victorious start to the season for Martimotos supported Yves Bian.
The additionally aforementioned Caljouw took second with BeNeLux Trophy Supersport Race 1 runner-up Christian Schmitz completing the podium finishers.
Cyril Lecocq, Jerome Bagard, Yann Galli finalised the top six finishers whilst places 7th-10th were secured by Amalric Blanc, Maxime Gresoviac, Kevin Rigot and Romain Cleaz Savoyen.
Photo credit: Nick Wheeler
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou