Paul Chatenay came desperately close to winning the 2015 SWS World Masters Super Final in Paris, where he managed a good start and by mid-race was in the lead where he stayed to the final corner of the final lap, but a Simon Delvenne squeezed past to take victory, and Kevin Caprasse took advantage of the gap to claim second – nevertheless the Abu Dhabi based Frenchman returned home with the third place trophy and his head held high.
Speaking in the aftermath of a tense and action packed weekend (on 12-13 June 2015) at Racing Kart de Cormeilles (RKC), Chatenay said, “The SWS Grand Finals was a really good weekend for me. This year the main difference was the driving time as the races were split into two tracks. But I managed to qualify each and every time for the Super Final.”
“The races were a good battles with lots of overtaking even on the 1000 meter track which is quite narrow. I am happy about my races, I made few mistakes and I achieved a podium on the SWS World Masters Super Final. So I think the mission to represent Dubai Kartdrome the best I could has been accomplished,” added Chatenay who also finished sixth in the final SWS world rankings, and top UAE points scorer during the course of the weekend in France.
Reflecting on the highlight of the two days of action with big moments, Chatenay said, “The highlight was the SWS World Master Super Final, where after a good start I quickly moved into P3, P2, and then P1, leading the race for the second half, the victory was so near.” But added, “The downside was just after the highlight on the last lap, where after defending in Turn 6, Delvenne attacked me into Turn 9 and fighting to keep the lead, I lost few tenths, both Delvene and Caprasse took advantage of it.”
Looking back Chatenay mused, “It is always easy to think of changing the things once they are done. My target when I arrived was to have fun and to finish top ten so I should not be to greedy. Third in the Super Final and P6 overall is already a strong result considering the excellent field of drivers. I was also really happy with my performance in wet conditions, which we don’t have when racing in the UAE.
Invariably a strong showing at an event such as the SWS Grand Finals is a team effort, which Chatenay is quick to acknowledge, “I need to thank all the drivers from Dubai, whose teamwork played in my favour, especially Sam Zian and Atef Al Barwani in Super Final 5. Kartdrome’s David Bright and Paul Velasco for their backing and of course endless support from my family and friends.”
And added, “Last but by no means least my triathlon coach Fabien Rabeau who ensured I was always fresh and fit despite the number of races during the weekend in Paris.”
As for the future Chatenay said, “I really want to participate in next year’s final. I really enjoy the quality of the drivers and the spirit of SWS finale. So I will have to do my best to qualify for next year, it is not going to be easy as the competition in Dubai is really strong, but I will do my best.”