CJ's EUROPEAN ADVENTURES

June has been a busy time for CJ, which has seen him spend all of it in Europe. His almost month-long trip began with his first ever visit to the mighty Spa-Francorchamps circuit in the heart of Belgium's Ardennes Forest. This would be exciting enough if he was simply spectating, but CJ was there to race in the 2017 Henderson Insurance Brokers LMP3 Cup for United Autosports. 

The learning curve was as steep as the climb up through the infamous Eau Rouge/Radillon set of super high speed turns. The early week track walk was vital and it left CJ with no uncertainty as to the task in front of him.

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There were two races over the weekend at the legendary F1 venue. CJ and his teammate,  Andrew Evans, started seventh on the grid, running as high as fourth at one point during the race. CJ started the race, marking his first ever racing laps around the daunting 4.352 mile circuit. When the pit window opened, he came in and handed the #102 Ligier over to fellow American, Andrew who brought the car home in fourth. The second race saw the pair finish in P6.

"Spa is obviously a super famous track, which every racing driver wants to race at. Being able to drive the Ligier JS P3 here was a great experience. It has incredible handling and it challenges you as a driver. By the end of the weekend I think I had really improved. In the quick stuff it was great, but I need to work on some of the slower corners and getting the best out of the car," explained CJ.

No sooner was his Spa debut complete before CJ was heading for France and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. CJ was attending the World's greatest race as a guest of Porsche. He took no time at all to immerse himself in the incredible atmosphere of this spectacular event. 

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Once the race began, CJ found himself in high demand, when he wasn't watching the action in the Porsche pits, he was making appearances such as the one below on Porsche's Live TV show which the streamed online throughout the race. 

Not long after that, CJ was live on Radio Le Mans, the service which brodcasts to the 75,000 English speaking fans at the track and to millions of fans across the World. 

The race proved to be incredibly dramatic with the victorious Porsche prototype coming from several laps behind after spending a lot of time in the garage. The battle in GTE was incredible with the race being decided on the last lap in favor of Aston Martin. CJ was able to capture the moment that the Porsche team was able to finally celebrate a well earned victory. 

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After the excitement of Le Mans, CJ had some filming to do in Sicily for Porsche before he could finally head back home to Fresno. He won't have much time to rest as he will be heading to Watkins Glen, New York, at the end of the Month to race in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challange by Yokohama and watch his team race in Round 4 of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. 

We're not sure he ever sleeps! 

 

Declan Brennan