OCTOBER 9 saw Bombardier demonstrate its first two pre-series Autorails à Grande Capacité regional DMUs to French National Railways at the recently-completed testing centre in Valenciennes. On September 24 Alstom’s ZTER EMU was presented to the media by Centre region, which will put a fleet of 15 three-car sets into service at up to 200 km/h on December 14. On September 27 Pays de Loire region, which has bought 14 ZTER units, followed suit with a demonstration run foreshadowing the launch of 200 km/h regional services between Le Mans and Nantes.One AGC was driven on the Valenciennes test track by SNCF President Louis Gallois and President of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Region Daniel Percheron. It is the forerunner of the first of a fleet of 279 trainsets ordered by 18 regions. Under a €1·65bn global contract for 500 sets signed in 2001, diesel, electric and electro-diesel versions are being built, some with high-density and some with low-density seating. Built at Crespin in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, the first sets will be delivered early in 2004, with deliveries continuing until December 2007.The first three-car ZTER units have meanwhile entered service between Les Aubrais and Vierzon and St Pierre-des-Corps, replacing Type Z5300 units limited to 120 km/h. Later, ZTER sets will take over services on four more routes: Orléans – Bourges, Orléans – Châteauroux – Limoges, Tours – Poitiers, and Orléans – Tours – Nantes. So far five regions (Aquitaine, Bretagne, Centre, Pays de la Loire, and Poitou-Charentes) have ordered a total of 58 ZTER sets.The ZTER design is derived from the diesel-powered XTER. Each air-conditioned set has low-level boarding, first and second class accommodation and facilities for passengers in wheelchairs. Dual-voltage traction is fitted, with drive to four asynchronous motors with a combined nominal rating of 1700 kW. Each motor drives one axle on each bogie of the end power cars.CAPTION: Pre-series dual-mode AGC on test at ValenciennesCAPTION: ZTER at Salbris Photo: Jean-Paul Masse
Lille goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has been handed a good opportunity to play regularly following strong interest from fellow French Ligue 1 side Angers SCO.As reported by L’Equipe, Angers SCO are willing to pay 500,000 to 1 million euros to secure his transfer from former league champions Lille.Playing regular club football will undoubtedly fuel previous calls for him to return to the Super Eagles fold ahead of next year’s World Cup in Russia.Enyeama had previously been deemed to be surplus to requirements under Argentinian coach Marcelo Bielsa before his dismissal as coach of Lille but the former Hapoel Tel Aviv star could still leave.The 35-year old is presently fourth in the pecking order of the club’s goalkeeper and new coach Christophe Galtier would almost certainly sanction any transfer.Lille have to balance their books in the next six months or face relegation in addition to the fact that the club has already been banned from signing new players in next month’s transfer window by the French football financial regulatory body (DNCG).[tps_footer][/tps_footer]RelatedEnyeama Open To Eagles Return (AUDIO)September 13, 2019In “National Team”Enyeama Exits Lille By Mutual Consent, Linked With AuxerreSeptember 1, 2018In “Europe”Getting Ready For Russia! Super Eagles Goalkeeper Is Back In Training (Video)October 17, 2017In “Africa”
Ricky Thornton Jr. led every lap of the $10,000 to win Clash at the Creek feature for IMCA Modifieds at 141 Speedway. The Clash also marked the first race outside the State of Iowa for the Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour. (Photo by Joe Slack, www.danlewisphoto.net)By Mike SpiekerFRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (June 21) – Ricky Thornton Jr. dominated Thursday’s IMCA Modified Clash at the Creek at 141 Speedway to earn the $10,000 payday.Already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Thornton led all 50 trips around the smooth and slick 1/3-mile dirt oval.The Clash did double duty as an Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour event, the first such held outside Iowa. Eighty-two Modifieds were entered and seven states were represented in the main event.Thornton grabbed the lead from the pole on the opening lap as Mike Mullen filed into second. A gaggle of cars, including Hunter Marriott, Joel Rust, Kyle Stickler and Benji LaCrosse, raced for the final positions inside the top five.Thornton immediately checked out from the field, establishing a one second lead over Mullen in the first five laps. Like Thornton, the rest of the drivers inside the top five ran the low side of the speedway until Strickler countered that trend.Strickler went to the top side and quickly began picking off cars, going from sixth to second in five laps. Each driver he passed followed suit and began running the high side as well.Stickler began to reel in the leader as Thornton encountered lapped traffic, but Stickler could only put a dent in Thornton’s comfortable advantage. Marriott caught Strickler at the halfway point and placed a bid for the runner-up spot. The two traded second for the next three laps with Mullen staying within striking distance.With 21 circuits remaining, Marriott snuck around the outside of Stickler for second. Meanwhile, Thornton Jr. enjoyed a lead of well over a straightaway.With 14 laps to go, Thornton’s lead was negated as the lone caution flew after a lapped car made contact with Marriott and spun in turn one. The caution was called on the lapped car and Marriott rejoined the field in second for the restart.Just as he did on the initial start, Thornton checked out from the field immediately and easily cruised to the win as Marriott came home second.“I wasn’t sure how big of a lead I had,” said Thornton from victory lane. “I kept looking at the scoreboard. I saw Kyle [Strickler] was second and then I saw Hunter [Marriott] got by him so I thought for sure he was going to be coming. When we got that yellow, I was just hoping my tires would fire on the restart. I had to make sure I hit my line in turn one or else Hunter would have drove right on by.”Following the post-race interview, Thornton took the traditional leap into the infield pond. He’d also won the Dirt Knights opener at Benton County Speedway.Terry Phillips, who started 16th, finish third. LaCrosse and Dylan Smith rounded out the top five.Modified qualifying began Wednesday at Francis Creek. Kyle Frederick and John Heinz were $1,000 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature winners and Ethan Braaksma and Kyle Raddant captured $1,000 to in features for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.Feature results – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 2. Hunter Marriott; 3. Terry Phillips; 4. Benji LaCrosse; 5. Dylan Smith; 6. Kyle Strickler; 7. Jordan Grabouski; 8. Jason Czarapata; 9. Jason Hughes; 10. Joel Rust; 11. Kelly Shryock; 12. Josh Long; 13. Cayden Carter; 14. Jason Wolla; 15. Mark Joski; 16. Steve Schneider; 17. Tim Ward; 18. Troy Cordes; 19. Kyle Brown; 20. Billy Kendall; 21. Shawn Kilgore; 22. Brian Mullen; 23. Dan Roedl.