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Another Look At Podium Caps Part 2

By David G. Firestone

Hailing from Arras, France, Frédéric Makowiecki has been a staple on the endurance racing circuit since 2010. He has numerous wins in endurance racing, including winning the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship. He has raced in a number of racing series, including the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, the Weathertech SportsCar Championship the GT1 World Championship, Super GT, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The 2013 Blancpain Endurance Series featured 5 races. The first three, Monza, Silverstone, and Le Castellet had a duration of three hours. The fourth race, the 2013 24 Hours of Spa, was a 24 hour long race, and the final race, held at the Nürburgring had a distance of 1000 km (621.371 miles). At the Silverstone event, Makowiecki, along with Stefan Mücke, and Darren Turner won the event, driving the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 of Aston Martin Racing 86 laps for a distance of 314 miles. On the podium, Makowiecki wore this cap, which he later signed.  The cap shows light use, having only been worn once. There is a large PIRELLI logo embroidered on the front. Makowiecki has signed the brim in silver Sharpie.The left side features a plant design on the brim, and I have no idea what the name for that is. Otherwise, the left side is unadorned.The back of the cap features a smaller PIRELLI logo embroidered above the Velcro closure.Like the left side, the right side features a leaf design on the brim, and is otherwise unadorned.The top of the cap features a black squatchee.The inside of the cap features a care tag, and there isn’t any wear to speak of.Next week, a pit crew jacket.

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