GT3 Evaluation At Paul Ricard
This week’s two day test (March 7-8) was not specifically
a media event, although media were present.
task was the FIA’s evaluation of the GT3 cars, and Christophe
Bouchut and Jean-Marc Gounon took on the role of the FIA’s
teams themselves were carrying out their own testing, and Tech 9
for example, with two cars present, was “evaluating seven
drivers,” according to Phil Hindley.
Bryant is the only confirmed driver for us this year, although Dimitris
Deverikos, our British GT Champion from last year, was one of the
others,” continues Hindley. “On the first day, the best
from our drivers was a 2:14.2, with an improvement to a 2:13.8 on
the second day. Bouchut tested one of our cars and set a 2:13.2.”
Hindley was very pleased with the mileage covered each day (over
100 laps), and the reliability of the Tech 9 Porsches.
So the Tech
9 997s are neatly in the middle of the GT3 pack, based on this week’s
Also in the
middle was the pretty Damax Ascari, with a best time 2:13.8.
“We’re pretty happy,” comments
Aaron Scott. “We thought the 997 would be the benchmark. We
had one car at Ricard: the second one is nearly finished and the
third one is being built now.”
Scott was sharing the first car with Nick Adams
and Peter Snowdon, the three confirmed drivers thus far being Damax
regulars Scott and Adams, plus Richard Stanton.
(also) very pretty Reiter Lamborghini Gallardo and the Aston Martin
DBRS9 were both in the 2:12s, the Carsport Corvette in the 2:11s.
The time we’ve seen for the Maserati Trofeo
Light was a 2:15.5. Olivier Beretta was driving the Venturi Heritage,
but that one seemed to be stuck in the 2:19s.
awkward one seems to be the Viper Competition Coupe. The big, red
beast was into the 2:10s, then the 2:09s with Bouchut at the wheel
– and was then tried with 100 kg of ballast aboard. The FIA
decision makers look as though they will have an interesting task
on their hands equalising some of the cars before the race season
starts at Silverstone in May.