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Today Yannick Lapchin and Hernj Grand
Prix make it official that Yannick won't be driving in the
championship next season. Both the driver and the team are
very sad, but it is unavoidable.
Yannick Lapchin said:
time has arrived to tell you that I won't driving for the team
next year. I won't drive any race sim. My studies are asking
me more and more time, and where I will go next year doesn't
allow me to do an hobby. I must stop everything (handball and
karting I think). I will miss FSR, I will miss you,
really. I will try to
help you as setup sender or technical helper next season and
during the winter.
I would like to thank Roald : You
gave me the possibility to fight for the title in one of the
best simracing league of the world. Christian was a fabulous
team mate, who was always giving impressions of his tests and
races, his setups were great. Test-drivers also were great
guys for their constant help (I think here especially to Dejan
Stankovic, Andy von Gerard and Brian Labode). Of course I
don't forget guys who were less present but sometimes very
But it's not counting
that you have become (virtual) friends!
to say a big THANK YOU for everything you brought to me, as
much fun as friendness as
Members from Hernj Grand Prix, father
Didier Lapchin and family Lyon said some nice words to
Didier 'Dad' Lapchin: "Thanx a lot for this nice season with the best
drivers in the World, Yan... Did they know that their
opponent looks like this ???"
Giuliano Hernandez: "Thanks a lot for all
your work done in Hernj Grand Prix and thanks a lot for
your professionality. I just want tell you this, you were
the best Driver who we had in the last 4 year and I
am disappointed about your departure, but I fully
respect your decision. I hope to see you again in the
sim world, with us.......and I wish you all the best in
Reurink: " .... this
has been my mood over the last few weeks in SimRacing. This is
the saddest day of my years in SimRacing. I still know
that you joined the team as test-driver...you got a chance to
drive because Mathieu Prevot couldn't race. I want to thank
you SO much for your loyalty and all the other things you
did!! You had a chance to leave the team last season, but you
stayed....You have grown as person and as driver. You have
become my best online friend and I will really miss you .....The FSR
loses a great driver and person....Good luck in the
future!! Can't tell you how I feel right now......
BUT I KNOW I WILL MISS YOU YAN!
Neumann: Sad, sad,
sad You made me
crying boy...You were a great team-mate and I will miss you!
Good luck with school and your
Director Trayan Sarafov: "Je pense que tu comprend
tres clair combien triste je suis.....But we're still a very
good 'team' and we will keep our conversations till midnight
in the future, won't we Yan? :) Don't want to tell you
'goodbye', 'cause we won't say each other 'goodbye'
Stankovic: "I was kind of shocked when I saw this
message... But still I think we all new that you had a lot of
work to do besides simracing. Personally I feel sad about
this. It feels like HernjGP runs out of "air". First AndyVG
and now Yan (Both veterans) . But you have to do what is best
for you. Still I think we all should be glad that you will
still be around. Of course I understand that we have a life
besides SimRacing and I fully understand the decissions that
Team-Mate Brian Labode: "Yan is been a pleasure driving
in the same team as you and you are stunning quick. Thx for
all the times you helped me out with setups &
You have made the right decision in focusing on
your exams. Once that is out of the way you can come back
& race for Hernj again. rFactor will be the No1 race sim
I hope you keep in touch with us every now &
Team-Mate Arjen van
Alphen: "Hmmm, i will miss his imput on setups
and his setups the most.I also think it is sad to lose a team member who was so
important for the Hernj team. Nah come to think of it, who
needs a education anyway, better stay here and race on.
Randy and Joshua Lyon:
"Yannick and I talked a
lot on MSN since he started in the WC. I was always impressed
at his approach to racing and his attitude. Its common
for a driver to settle for a certain result when things don't
go as planned, but Yannick gave 100% no matter what
happened. Yannick is also good at adjusting his strategy
when conditions change; he is one of the best I have seen in
sim-racing at that. In that respect I think he is similar
to Michael Schumacher. Both have gotten results for their
teams that other drivers, even ones who are just as fast,
would not have.
The World Championship will miss
Yannick. He may not have won the FSR World Championship
in his short time in it, but I think he has left a mark
like pilots such as Gilles and Jean have in real
I believe Yannick will do VERY well in "real"
racing and wish him the best of luck.
You do have to be
careful wagering with him though. I think he still owes me
1/10 Euro from a bet in June '03.