Standing on the podium, clutching their trophy after obliterating the opposition in the Radical Middle East Cup held from November 2015 to March 2016 at the Dubai Autodrome and Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, Romain Lutter and Ludovic Loffreda knew they had achieved something massive.
The Dubai-based duo, who ride under the Team Lucco Racing banner, had claimed seven victories out of 12 in this six-event series, with Lutter also claiming the Best Driver title.
Now, the Frenchmen are hoping to make fresh tracks by testing their skills on the world-famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, with an eye on lining up for the Radical European Masters in 2017. “It will be interesting to see where we can position ourselves among the best drivers of the category, so Spa-Francorchamps will be a big test for us,” Lutter tells Time Out.
“We will focus on putting together a competitive team for the Hankook 24H Dubai in January 2017 and we’re already in talks with a successful European racing team to make this happen. Next year, if everything goes well, the European Masters series would definitely be an option we’d consider.”
While the paddocks of Formula One might be chock-full of egos, tantrums and spats between so-called “team-mates”, Lutter and Loffreda know they need to be totally in tune with each other and their crew. “You have to make sure you understand your co-driver and trust your mechanics, engineers and partners. It’s a long season with long races after all, so remaining focused as a team is absolutely vital if you want to be successful,” says Loffreda.
The Gallic pair also attribute some of their achievements to living so close to their base at the Dubai Autodrome, meaning the issues they face juggling racing careers with full-time jobs are tempered somewhat. “Dubai and the UAE in general, have by far the best facilities for motorsports events, everything from the track to the paddocks exceeded our expectations,” says Lutter.
“To add to this, proximity is the key. Dubai Autodrome is 15 minutes away from where I live – a dream for most racing drivers.”
And as for the pair’s future dreams? “The ultimate goal would be to make Lucco Racing a respected team regionally and to compete in the best series,” says Loffreda. “But if we are lucky enough, it would be amazing to compete in the 24H Le Mans.”
Dubai Autodrome offers track days for both car and motorbike riders. www.dubaiautodrome.com.