Looking back at the Carrera Panamericana 2010
Like the Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man, of which Motul is a partner, the Carrera Panamericana (Pan Am) is one of those exceptional events, unmatched in the car racing world. The Pan Am – where speed, immoderation and exoticism are the buzzwords – is quite simply the world's craziest race to some people.
On the start line of the 2010 race, Motul could count on seven excellent ambassadors, including Frenchman Pierre de Thoisy, seven-times winner of the event. Something of a local star, 'El Francese' sporting the colours of the HK Engineering Team (single official specialist of the 300 SL accredited by Mercedes Benz) participated in the event alongside another 100% French Motul crew: Philippe Vandromme / Frédéric Vivier, 2007 winners of the Cross Country Rally World Cup, in the two-wheel drive category! The least that can be said is that these two teams were successful since they mounted the second and third steps of the podium in the Sport Mayor category.
Among the Motul teams, German crews wearing Motul colours also raced along the 3500 km of Mexican roads in the 2010 event. Among these five teams, Thomas Ledergerber achieved the best performance at the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz 280 3.5L by clinching eighth place of category C.