Bahrain GT Festival – The Final – Short Report
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It was a dominant win for the Simonsen / Brabham pedalled Coopers Ales Ferrari 550, over 60 minutes around the Bahrain International Circuit, the ex-Rafanelli car coming home 16 seconds ahead of the Larbre Viper of Makowiecki and Dedours.

The Larbre entry inherited second place on the very last lap, after the DDO Saleen of Dupuy and Fiat suffered a broken differential in the closing stages and was forced to crawl home.

Nigel Greensall and Terry Pudwell scored an excellent fourth place finish in the GTS classed Stealth B6, ahead of the GT2 winning Farnbacher Porsche RSR of Patrick Long and Lars Erik Nielsen, the Porsche outpacing the Gillet Vertigo of Renaud Kuppens and Bas Leinders for class honours. The Belgian car inherited second in class in the closing stages after a front right blow out dashed the hopes of Zlobin and Belloc in the #35 JMB Ferrari. Rob Croydon and Adam Sharpe ran strongly in the #44 Tech 9 Porsche 911 GT3RS to claim a well deserved third in class.

In GT3 it was initially a French Porsche 1-2-3, before the third placed First Racing 9111 was disqualified for overtaking the Safety Car. A very happy Larbre Competition team principal Jack Leconte was the class winner with Roland Berville, just ahead of a short of fuel #66 Pilotage Passion 911 of Helias and Colas.

Third place in GT3 went to the Team Aero Morgan Aero 8 after an excellent run from Aaron Scott and Keith Ahlers.

All in all an excellent event at a quite stunning facility. Seldom if ever has GT racing been made more welcome.

(Full report to follow as soon as the deputy editor regains feeling in his typing fingers)


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