Bahrain GT Festival – The Final – Short Report
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.
to follow as soon as the deputy editor regains feeling in his typing