The well respected Optimark Road Racing squad guaranteed International road racing had a prominent presence, at last weekend’s Magny-Cours French Superbike Championship round.
Lead Southern 100 newcomer from 2019, Xavier Denis a non finisher in both Superbike races, had better fortunes in the Supersport class, taking respective 8th, 13th place finishes.
Optimark stable mates Francois Leblond/Cyril Chazelle Douane, Estelle Leblond/Frank Claeys recorded between them two F2 class podium finishes with Leblond/Claeys also taking an impressive overall ninth place finish within the second Sidecar encounter.
Overall winner of both Sidecar encounters at Magny-Cours was none other than eight times World Champion, TT winner, eight times TT rostrum finisher Tim Reeves.
Reeves in action on his outfit’s Formula 600, Yamaha powered steed was joined for Saturday, Sunday’s competition by Kevin Rousseau.
Reeves/Rousseau kept at bay a high quality field which included fellow multiple World Champion, Imatranajo hero Pekka Paivarinta, taking race honours by the respective modest margins of 0.773, 0.510 of a second.
Words by Stevie Rial