Dallas, TX — Nick Boulle, of de Boulle, an independent jewelry salon in Dallas and Houston successfully completed the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours and rose through the field following a steady qualifying to finish 12th in the ultra-competitive LMP2 category and 17th overall aboard the #50 Labre Competition Ligier JS P217.
Le Mans is a landmark event as the grand finale of the FIA World Endurance Championship, bringing the 2018-19 Super Season to a close. Starting from 28th overall, Nicholas Boulle took the start and began making up places during his triple stint before a puncture brought him into the pits slightly ahead of schedule to hand over to Romano Ricci.
The Frenchman put in a solid drive and his countryman Erwin Creed took over. He received a five-second time penalty for making contact with a backmarker at Mulsanne corner but otherwise ran strong in 25th. A well-timed safety car gave Creed the opportunity to give the car back to Boulle, who safely navigated a sudden downpour during his stint and was 21st when he stopped as night fell.
An issue with the engine cover, which came off the car during the night, as well as a slow puncture, hindered progress but did not cost the team in terms of position.
A hard charge by the drivers during the early hours of Sunday morning pushed Larbre up to 19th, utilizing the Val de Vienne-based squad’s 25 years of Le Mans knowledge to gain two more places in the closing stages. Boulle would drive a final double-stint that amounted to roughly 2 hours in the after after 3 two-hour stints before Ricci brought the car over the last 4 laps to finish. The 24 Hours of Le Mans this year book-ended the “Super Season” of which Larbre Competition finished in 5th position overall in the championship to conclude the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season.
BOULLE: “We got off to a good start, made up a few places and then throughout the stints progressively moved forward which was good. I expected the track to come to the car a bit more and sadly it didn’t, so it was a bit of a struggle. Because of that I’m really glad we made it to the end.”
“LMP2 is so competitive at the moment that it seems like there was always a battle happening. At this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans we didn’t get to take a breath the whole race. Nowadays, it is literally just flat-out – a 24-hour sprint race.”
I got to drive this year when it was just turning to night time and I really like that time. That’s the moment you really get the picture this is a 24-hour race. You are heading into the Porsche Curves in sixth gear and watching the sun go down more and more each lap as you turn into the apex, you can’t see – there isn’t anywhere else like this.”
Many of the sponsors from 2018 returned to partner and support de Boulle Motorsports and Nick Boulle’s entry at the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans. The effort was made possible through support and sponsorship from Circle Y Holdings, Concepta Labs, Meridian Veterinary Capital, McFadden & Miller, Nicholas Residential, and Blue Lion Capital. Sponsors receive the VIP treatment, with behind the scenes access, helicopter tours, lux dining, but most all they are treated to unprecedented access and experience as team partners rather than mere spectators.
About de Boulle Motorsports / de Boulle Diamond & Jewelry
de Boulle Motorsports is a living and moving illustration of the passion for excellence that de Boulle Diamond & Jewelry has for both jewelry & timepieces. de Boulle was established in 1983 by Denis and Karen Boulle, de Boulle has assembled an unrivaled collection of diamonds, fine jewelry and timepieces unsurpassed for its elegance and depth in selection. de Boulle has served thousands of discerning customers and built a reputation as one of the pre-eminent independently-owned jewelers in the United States. The Boulle’s have taken a continued interest in the community and currently supports a list of charitable causes. de Boulle is located in Dallas at 6821 Preston Rd. and in Houston’s River Oaks District at 4444 Westheimer Rd. For more information, visit deBoulle.com
About Concepta Labs
Concepta Labs is a clinical laboratory housed in a state-of-the-art testing facility in Dallas, Texas. We are focused on delivering best-in-class blood testing services to a national audience of healthcare professionals through a collaborative blend of applied science and innovative technologies in the fields of blood chemistry, immunology, hematology and pathology.
About McFadden & Miller
The McFadden & Miller Story now spans seven decades of construction excellence. Founded in 1946, McFadden & Miller, Ltd. began life shortly after World War II through a partnership with a young Trammel Crow, making it the oldest and most experienced GC in the region. Today McFadden & Miller retains its position as a premier design/builder in the DFW area. The structural designs McFadden & Miller implemented many years ago were so unique to the industry that years later the McFadden & Miller “brand” is recognized and favored as an asset to any real estate portfolio. Mark Jacobson now serves as President of McFadden & Miller, with Jon Jacobson performing as Vice-President. Most “general” contractors broker every phase of construction to the lowest bidder, but McFadden & Miller actually self-performs such functions as engineering, mass grading and concrete work. This ability as well as their unique method of de-centralized project management, relying on the expertise of field managers to run projects, allows for economies, control and quality unmatched by other GC’s. McFadden & Miller began with a philosophy of treating its clients with fairness, honesty, and consideration, and always delivering the best possible product at a reasonable price. Sixty million square feet of industrial, office and retail product later McFadden & Miller is still embracing those ethics.
About Meridian Veterinary Capital
MedVet Medical and Cancer Centers for Pets is a 24-hour emergency, critical care and specialty animal hospital. MedVet is employee owned & veterinary led and is leading specialty healthcare provider for pets. MedVet provides specialty referral services, as well as emergency services, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. More than 100,000 dogs and cats are treated annually at MedVet’s expanding network of medical centers across the country. Meridian is a real estate investment, management and development company based in Dallas, Texas. Working with an established network of financial partners, architects and construction management professionals, Meridian’s mission is to create value for its investors by acquiring, developing and investing in real estate and real estate related assets. Meridian is primarily focused on senior housing and healthcare related investments. Meridian has acquired or developed projects in many areas of the United States including Texas, Colorado, Massachusetts, Arizona, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, Washington, California, Alabama, Virginia, Oklahoma, Illinois, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.
About Circle Y Holdings
Circle Y Holdings is a Texas fund focused on oil & gas and real estate development.
About Blue Lion Capital
Blue Lion Capital is a Dallas, Texas-based hedge fund.
About Nicholas Residential
Nicholas Residential is a privately-held real estate investment firm headquartered in Dallas, TX. Nicholas invests alongside institutional and private clients in value-add and opportunistic affordable apartment communities across the Southwest. The firm’s investment strategy emphasizes capital preservation and incentive alignment between the firm’s principals and investors. With a focus on value creation, Nicholas seeks to unlock unrealized value in its portfolio through creative execution and a hands-on asset management approach. The company strives to produce compelling risk-adjusted returns for our investors while strengthening neighboring communities.