Laurent Travers must have appreciated Johann Zarco's performance on Sunday at the Portuguese Grand Prix, but it was not to pay homage to him that he appeared at a press conference with a karting helmet.
It was rather to "respond to the challenge" launched by its players.
The Racing coach was visibly very happy after his team's victory (17-13) on Sunday evening at the end of the 21st day of the Top 14 against Stade Français at Jean Bouin.
Schedule and Top 14 results
Ranking Top 14
The reason ?
Before the derby, Stade Français sent a message that did not go unnoticed by Laurent Travers.
The Parisian Derby is on Sunday: the Capital against the Suburbs, the 3rd against the 8th, F1 against Karting
By also recalling the score of the first leg (48-10) which had turned into a correction in favor of the players of the Stade Français with in particular 5 tries.
The former manager of Castres added at a press conference: “karting held up”.
Race results, Racing gains a place in the standings by becoming the new 7th in the championship and is above all five points behind its neighbour.
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A nod to Benzema and Giroud
Racing took the joke also on social media after the victory.
The Racing single-seater won on the Jean Bouin circuit
This comparison often resurfaces when overconfidence is displayed.
Like when the French striker of Real Madrid Karim Benzema was compared to Olivier Giroud.
“We do not confuse F1 and karting.
And I'm nice.
I know that I am F1 ”he had launched on social networks in March 2020. Except that since then Olivier Giroud has become world champion and top scorer in the history of the French team.