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Former IMSA Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona class winner, Nick Boulle — of de Boulle, an independent jewelry salon in Dallas and Houston, enjoyed podium celebrations once again this past weekend in Daytona. This time, the Texas-based driver drove in the Johnson Equipment Company Pescarolo LMP1 car around the steep banks of Daytona International Speedway.

Nick was co-driving alongside Randy Johnson, of Dallas, TX, in what is known as the Classic 24 Hours of Daytona. The race which takes place over 24 hours involves the car racing for one hour during every 6 hours that pass by for a combined time that determines finishing order. The pair would compete in the ultra fast Group E category which featured a range of prototypes ranging from the Pescarolo LMP1 car Randy & Nick drove to the Audi R8 LMP1 car that won Le Mans and the Sebring 12 Hours some years earlier.

In what was only his first day behind the wheel of an LMP1 car, Boulle qualified the car in 3rd place behind former factory ace and multi-time Le Mans winner, Andy Wallace in the Audi R8, and American professional racer, Butch Leitzinger, despite being caught out by traffic on his quickest lap. In addition to being a historically significant Le Mans racer, the Pescarolo 07 LMP1 car is astonishingly fast with its 720hp JUDD V-10 Engine that revs to more than 9,000 RPM. The drivers hit speeds as high as 197mph in to the Bus Stop section of the Daytona Speedway and topped out at 202 mph in to turn 1 as they jumped on to the carbon-carbon brakes at the end of the banking.

Nick started race 1 for the racing duo and was able to move the car up one position during the hour long race to finish in second just ahead of the legendary Audi R8 LMP1 car. Randy took the wheel for race 2 and drove the car to a strong finish ahead of the other Pescarolo LMP1 car in 4th position. He performed exceptionally well against the competitive all-pro lineup of the Audi R8 through the 60-minute race. Boulle started race 3 not only setting fastest lap of the field but also cruising to a win with the Audi R8 of Andy Wallace in chase.

 

In race 4, Nick Boulle took the hole shot thanks to a perfectly timed start as he was able to get the inside line in to turn 1 despite starting on the outside. Despite dealing with fading rear grip, Nick had the task of reeling in the time lost to the Audi R8 overnight of 58 seconds. After the one-hour race, Nick had closed down the 58 second gap to within 3 seconds of the overall win. Sadly, pushing through traffic cost too much time and the pair rolled across the line in second place to end the Classic 24 Hours of Daytona.

 

 

Nick Boulle:

“This was my first time racing at the Classic 24 Hours and it has been such a fun weekend. Randy has been amazing to work with and did such a good job, improving the car and his driving every single session. We made a great team. I never thought I would say I was driving a LMP1 car on the banks of Daytona at more than 200mph, so this is definitely something I’ll remember forever. I’m looking forward to the next outing we have in the Pescarolo!”


After a strong run in this year’s 24 Heures du Mans, de Boulle Motorsports enjoyed podium celebrations again this past weekend. This time, the Texas-based driver drove in Rinaldi Racing’s Ferrari 488 GT3 car alongside co-drivers Pierre Ehret, Rick Yoon and Murad Sultanov.

Unlike the Daytona 24 Hours and 24 Hours of Le Mans where the field is a mix of GT cars and super-fast prototypes that look nothing like road cars, the TOTAL 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps is the greatest GT-only event in the world. The race features the latest racecars from almost all of the world’s most famous marques: Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin, Mercedes, Nissan, Bentley, Lexus, Honda, Jaguar, McLaren and Lamborghini.

The TOTAL 24 Hours of Spa is considered the crown jewel of the Blancpain Endurance Series which encompasses 4 three-hour, multi-driver events at Europe’s top circuits, including Monza, Silverstone, Paul Ricard and Barcelona, in addition this weekend’s 24 hours race at Spa-Francorchamps. Racing in the AM category (there are Pro, Pro-Am and AM classes in this championship), FIA-silver rated pro driver Nick (American / British dual national) has been added under the special rules of the Spa 24 Hour event, sharing the car with its regular strong FIA-bronze rated Rinaldi Racing amateur teammates Pierre Ehret (Germany/USA), Rick Yoon (South Korea) and Murat Sultanov (Russia).

After a slow start in qualifying thanks to an ill-timed red flag for a wreck on circuit, the #488 Ferrari started from 8th place in class. Boulle would be the second driver in the car and was able to push the car up into the 4th position after his one-hour stint moving into the races 3rd hour. Eventually, the team through consistency and a strong average pace during each stint was fighting for top honors in their class. With hours to go, the team was confident in their podium result and would push hard to catch the cars ahead.

 

Nick Boulle:

“It takes only one lap around Spa-Francorchamps, or maybe just one trip up Eau Rouge, to realize how special this race is. The circuit is demanding on every driver both physically and mentally with any mistakes being punished very severely thanks to the many fast corners. Despite this, the Rinaldi Racing boys and our #488 Ferrari 488 GT3 car performed flawlessly through the whole weekend. It’s amazing how fast these cars can go around here and yet how reliable they’re able to make them. The car seemed to somehow get better and better through the race weekend and so did our the guys on each pit stop. To race here is an honor by itself, but being here with our close relationship with the series’ primary sponsor, Blancpain, it’s been even more special. I don’t think this will be my last time racing in the Blancpain GT Series if I can help it! I have to give a huge thanks to my co-drivers as well as Circle Y Holdings from Dallas, TX for making this weekend possible”

Former Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona class winner, Nick Boulle— of de Boulle, an independent jewelry salon in Dallas and Houston, has been confirmed as part of Rinaldi Racing’s lineup in their #488 Ferrari GT3 race car.

Nick Boulle will join season long lineup of drivers Rick Yoon, Pierre Ehret, and Murad Sultanov. The 24-hour endurance race is part of the SRO Blancpain Endurance Cup that features four classes – Pro, Pro-Am, Am and National Cup. The #488 will enter the AM Category where a trio of Bronze-rated drivers is allowed to select one Silver driver who can do a maximum of 6 hours during the 24 hour race – Boulle will fill this role.

 

 

Coming off an 8th place finish in class at the Le Mans 24 Hour, Nick joined Rinaldi racing and his co-drivers for the Spa 24 Hour test day which took place earlier this week.

Speaking at the test, Nick commented, “My time at the official test was primarily spent getting acquainted with the car as it is a big change from all of my prototype driving experience. We worked on setup and I enjoyed adjusting the car to suit my style, but I left with a lot of data in terms of how I need to adapt to get the maximum from the car.”

 

 

The race will take place a the Spa Francorchamps Circuit near Spa, Belgium which is known for its blindingly fast uphill first corner complex called “Eau Rouge.” Eau Rouge sees drivers take it flat out in 5th gear before a long straight and a hill so steep that it makes the exit blind and the car get light as drivers crest the Raidillon – the final portion of the complex. The circuit itself is known as the world’s ultimate driving track and is between two hills in beautiful Belgian countryside.

Adding excitement and history to the weekend is the fact that the team utilizes a stunning bright green Ferrari 488 GT3 race car. The car itself weighs 2,750 pounds and has the ~600 horsepower bi-turbo Ferrari 488’s V-8 engine paired with an upgraded racing gearbox. Paired with vastly upgraded aerodynamic carbon-fiber bodywork the car is astoundingly quick around the high stakes 7-kilometer racing circuit.

 

 

The Total 24 Hours of Spa will mark de Boulle Motorsport’s first entry in professional motorsports in the growing GT3 category. The Spa 24 Hours is in fact known as the largest GT3 race in the world. This year, the race will feature 68 entries very strong entries from manufacturers including: Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Audi, Mercedes and BMW.

The 70th edition of the Total 24 Hours of Spa will take place with testing starting on on July 26th and the race itself starting on July 28th and finishing on July 29th.

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