Loris Baz has added another historic trophy to his growing collection by assisting Kawasaki SRC to victory in the blue riband Bol d'Or 24 hour endurance race at Magny-Cours.
On loan from the Kawasaki Racing World Superbike team, Baz joined Gregory Leblanc and Superstock 1000 Cup rider Jeremy Guarnoni in completing a dominant win for the Kawasaki team.
With the team signalling its intentions by qualifying on pole position, the trio would go on to prove equally strong in the race, eventually finishing nine laps ahead of the Monster Yamaha team comprising of Igor Jerman, Sheridan Morais and Broc Parkes.
A fine achievement for the young Frenchman, WSBK race winner Baz – currently eighth in the WSBK standings after two rounds – was delighted to come away with victory.
“The Bol was amazing. We knew we had a really good bike and a really good team. Even in road racing it is impossible to say that for sure you will win but in a 24-hour race it is even more impossible, because anything can happen.
“We made a good start and we were in front from the beginning. Really soon all the other favourite teams started having problems; it ended up as three teams fighting for the win. Racing at night was hard, when you have to keep pushing and concentrating at the same time. That is why I like Endurance racing. At one time you have to push really hard, then take more care, then push again. There is a lot of thinking involved.
“There was a lot of media attention because this is a really big race. We are the youngest ever team to win the Bol d'Or. Endurance is something special because anything can happen it is really a team race. There are a lot of emotions when you win because you are fighting and working all through the 24 hours, so you have to make a lot of good things happen.”
Baz now turns his attentions to the third round of the WSBK season in Assen.