Lucco Team lands in the First spot in the First Day of Radical Middle East Cup 2016
Call it winter or say it as better days with pleasant climate. Unlike most part of the world winter season here in the UAE is best. With all sorts of activities and events blossom up the entire quadrant of the year to keep us wanting for more and then the rest of the year we just wait for the same.
The race tracks are no exception, the season kicks off from the mega F1 Grand Prix race at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina and then followed by other race days spanning across the whole week; from professional heavy weight 24 Hours GT race to amateurs.
Amongst all the usual races that took place, earlier this week I went to see the Radical race at Dubai Autodrome. Radical racing sprouting from the UK, was once an amateur racing now turned into a full fledge racing series as it is complemented with full technical support. The cars are lightweight as they are powered by Kawasaki and Suzuki motorcycle engines. A perfect recipe for fun at affordable cost!
This week I met a highly competitive race driver, Ludovic Loffreda of Lucco Racing at round 4 of the Radical Middle East Cup 2016 on two consecutive days, Friday 29th January and on Saturday 30th January. Together with his team mate Romain Lutter this French duo securing 3 wins last year and this time 5 wins out of 8 so far.
During the race break hour, I found a slot for a brief interview. It’s interesting to know that how we the expats with such diverse backgrounds here in the UAE or in the wider Middle East with common interest gathers at the ground zero.
Mr. Ludovic Loffreda, is a successful and seasoned business man. A CEO and the founder of the LPL group as established beauty and healthcare products to medical equipment and training company. That’s how he’s fueling his racing passion. He said ‘the reason I took Radical race car because it’s a two seater and I can share my passion with a person having the same interests’.
He made his own team, The Lucco Racing and grabbed the Top 1 spot during Race 1 on Friday, wrestling the prime title from 10 teams. Confident about driving the 2 seater Suzuki 1500cc powered race car, Ludovic told me that the engine produces a whopping 250bhp, good for a lightweight track car as it goes from 0-100 in about 2.9 seconds. However, he admits that the top speed of 240Km/h isn’t much, but the stability to corner at high speed is the most important element for him.
The French duo set a best time record of 2.02.826 in 20 laps on Friday afternoon. This lands the team first place and in podium with the others Jani Hjerppi (second place) and Julian Griffin (third place) on Race 1.
Ludovic Loffreda said: “Today’s race was very intense. Most of the drivers, including us, have familiarized the track here so it all boils down to one’s technique and approach this time.”
The Lucco Racing team is the overall winner in 2015/2016 Series Standings of the Supersports Class of the Radical Middle East Cup, besting over 15 drivers over the past 6 races.
“We have two more races to go in February and March. We will intensify our training and aim to take home the winning title this 2016. We plan to enhance and work on our strategy to score maximum points for the next races,” added Romain Lutter.
Ludovic call Dubai Autodrome as his home ground. He explains, ‘I am comfortable at Dubai Autodrome however, I praise Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina for its prestige’.
Ludovic arrived here in Dubai in 2008, perhaps the year is more known to us with worldwide financial meltdown. However, Ludovic took that challenge. He likes to spend his time with his friends enjoying basking in the sunshine in the soft desert sands with bonfire and bar b q to go in the evenings.
As inevitable with any race, the Lucco racing team hit by an unforeseen technical engine failure, Saturday race for 22 laps took Lucco Racing team 2:04.068, as their best time under Supersports class, placing 5th in Race 2.
The next two Radical races will take place on 18th to 20th February 2016 at Dubai Autodrome and on 17th & 18th March 2016 in Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi. Rearview Mirror/ My RVM wish the Lucco Racing all the success!