The 2022 season will mark the 100th anniversary of the first ever running of the Bol d’Or. While the tracks may have changed over the last century, the Le Castellet circuit first hosted the legendary endurance race in 1979 and has been present on the EWC calendar since 2015. The 5.637km endurance-specific layout is known for its 1.8km long straight and a mix of low, medium and high-speed corners, making this iconic track on the Cote D’Azur one of the most technically challenging for the EWC teams.
Heading into the final round, YART Yamaha’s Niccolò Canepa, Karel Hanika, Marvin Fritz, and Reserve Rider Robin Mulhauser still have a chance of being crowned champions, despite two DNFs in the last two races. Their season got off to a great start with second at the opening round at Le Mans, setting a solid platform for a team looking to secure their first EWC title since 2009. Unfortunately, heartbreak at the next two rounds saw them retire from the lead at the Spa 24H SPA EWC Motos and then crash out of the podium battle at the Suzuka 8 Hours.
As it stands, the YART Yamaha team are currently third in the overall standings, with 93 points, 34 behind the current leaders, but the EWC like to do things a little differently. At the last round of the season, the points awarded for a team’s final classification during a race are multiplied by 1.5. That means there are 60 points up for grabs for securing the race win, plus another ten points are awarded to the top ten teams at the eight and 16-hour mark of the race, and there are another five points available to the fastest qualifiers.