FFSA GT Preview - Nogaro
The FFSA GT Championship season starts this weekend at Nogaro. The circuit mixes slow corners and straights, and is a good scene to judge form.

Dumez / Blanchemain, at the wheel of the Larbre Compétition Viper, the Mirabeau drivers or the Nourry Compétition Biturbo Porsche driven by Cazenave / Police will be very competitive as soon as racing starts. However, every team has made a huge effort during the off-season and a few contenders will be unprepared for the first round.

So, among the Vipers, Anthony Beltoise, who has a good knowledge of the American car, is partnered by Stéphane Lacroix-Wasover, while Thévenin / Bornhauser, Déglise / David and Vannelet / Lesoudier will be quick. Facing them, the Porsches, always at ease on the Paul Armagnac circuit, will rely upon the experience built up last year by PSI Motorsport. The Belgian team, partnered by Tillie Compétition, will rely upon Marc Sourd to complete the work begun last year.

As for the new cars, we’ll have to wait some races before they all reach their peak of form and speed. Dupuy / Fiat’s Saleen and Alliot / Hallyday’s Pagani Zonda are still being developed. These unusual cars will generate a lot of interest. At Force One, the single seater driver Bruno Besson, Yvan Lebon’s partner, will try to quickly get used to the size of his Viper, and become a front runner. And lastly there are the Ferraris. Wieth Racing’s 550 Maranello, driven by Stepec / Balandras, is a car that the German team has greatly improved during the winter.

dailysportscar.comHowever, everybody will look towards the #1 car. The FFSA GT three times champion, Patrice Goueslard, will share with the promising Olivier Dupard the wheel of a Ferrari 550 Maranello, from the famous Prodrive ‘workshop’. No doubt it won’t take long for Larbre Compétition to get to know this car, the current FIA-GT reference standard.

The N-GT category, rewarded this year with a Trophy, is off to a good start. Moulin-Traffort, the young driver from Toulouse, partnered by Robineau, will try to claim the title against entries such as Ruffier / Derlot who will share the wheel of the Jean-Pierre Signoret’s Biturbo Toyota Supra.

In the French Cup, the fight between generations will be rife. Fabien Giroix, who returns to motorsport racing alongside a newcomer, David Tuchbant, will have to fight against young talents such as Ménard / Boukobza, but also experienced line-ups such as Clairay / Laurin, Rumpler / Peyroles or those who finished second in the 2001 Cup, Fred Makowiecki and Fred Dedours.

(FFSA release, thanks to Apollo Media). Translated by Claude Foubert

 

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