FFSA GT R1 - Nogaro - Qualifying
The season’s first qualifying session allowed everybody to compare themselves to the other competitors, at last. Romain Bera (Porsche Biturbo) and Olivier Thévenin (Chrysler Viper) started off very well, the Porsche fastest in the first session, the Viper quickest in the second.

Initially scheduled for 60 minutes, the qualifying session was run as two sessions, 25 minutes for each one. Many drivers rushed onto the track as soon as the green flag fell. Gael Lesoudier in the Red racing Viper was the first to top the times, followed by Bornhauser, Hernandez, Bleynie and Déglise. Owing to a ‘bump’ with another car Jean-Louis Déglise had to stop his qualifying session early, and the damage prevented partner William David from running in the second session.

At the end of the first session of 25 minutes Romain Bera and David Hallyday were at the top of the time charts.. Bera put his Porsche Biturbo on pole, less than two tenths faster than Hallyday’s Force One Viper – with the similar cars of Moureu (Mirabeau), Bornhauser (VBM) and Bleynie next up, followed by two more GTS-Rs.

Stepec / Balandras’s Wieth Racing 550 Maranello (with broken suspension) and Signoret / Orgeval’s Toyota (engine) had to ‘retire’ during the session.

The second session, reserved for the top-seeded drivers (the same system used in British GTs this year), was more exciting.

With fresh tyres, the FFSA GT drivers went into action straight away. Mathieu Zangarelli (Mirabeau Viper) was on pole initially, then Dumez began to go very well, but the Larbre Compétition driver chose to stop after just four laps, to save his tyres

At the wheel of a Saleen which the DDO Team has still to fully get to know, Dominique Dupuy was very happy to be between Dumez and Zangarelli’s Vipers, proving the potential of this car in spite of electrical problems. At the half way mark, Bruno Bessson (Force One Viper), in his GT first qualifying session, was second quickest. However we had to wait until the last few seconds to know the poleman’s name because, under the chequerd flag, Olivier Thévenin, at the wheel of the VBM Viper, claimed the top slot.

Patrice Goueslard was eighth quickest, in Larbre’s new Prodrive 550 Maranello – matching his partner’s position in session 1.

In the N-GT category, Morgan Moullin-Traffort was first quckest though he had spun impressively. In the FFSA GTFrench Cup, there was a sparkling fight, Fred Makowoecki being ahead of Fabien Giroix and André Rey.

Romain Bera: “The PSI Team has done a lot of hard work. This new car is quite good. I didn’t even know I was opole, I heard it only later, after the qualifying session.”

Olivier Thévenin: “I came back to the pits late in the session to change a tiny detail on the setup. I went back on the track to check the car and I was lucky enough to have a clear lap, which allowed me to improve. Our aim was to be on the first or second row, and we are fourth quickest and first quickest, so we achieved it. The race will be very tough, many line-ups maybe have a good race. It’s going to be exciting.”

Patrice Goueslard: “We have to fit the car to the tyres and the drivers to the car. For the moment, we are very careful with this Ferrari, it has an incredible potential, but we have to learn how to use it correctly. We are on schedule, we’re going to improve.”

Fabien Giroix: “I am pleased with this comeback into motorsport. The car is going well and it is pleasant to be in such a field.”

Session 1 Times

1 19 P S I Motorsport - Tillie Comp BERA R / SOURD M Porsche 996 Bi Turbo GT 1:29.230
2 10 Force One Festina Racing Carsp HALLYDAY D / BESSON B Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 1:29.397
3 3 MTO Mirabeau Compétition MOUREU D / CAYROLLE E Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 1:30.112
4 8 V B M BORNHAUSER P / THEVENIN O Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 1:30.292
5 4 MTO Mirabeau Compétition BLEYNIE G / LAGNIEZ J C Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 1:30.873
6 12 Red Racing VANNELET G / LESOUDIER G Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 1:31.187
7 2 Larbre Compétition DUMEZ S / BLANCHEMAIN J L Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 1:31.280
8 1 Larbre Compétition GOUESLARD P / DUPARD O Ferrari 550 Maranello GT 1:31.290
9 5 MTO Mirabeau Compétition ZANGARELLI M / HERNANDEZ B Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 1:31.412
10 11 Lease Plan Autovitesse BELTOISE A / LACROIX WASOVER S Chrysler Viper GTS--R GT 1:31.876
11 7 D D O DUPUY D / FIAT F Saleen GT 1:32.817
12 18 P S I Motorpsort - Tillie Comp TILLIE P / CABANNES G Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo GT 1:33.162
13 17 P S I Motosport MAXIMIN O / PRETTE P Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo GT 1:34.049
14 30 Tarrès Team HAUCHARD F / PORTA O Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo GT 1:34.342
15 15 Nourry Compétition POLICE J C / CAZENAVE L Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo GT 1:34.357
16 6 MTO Mirabeau Compétition BORDAS A / HERBERT P Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 1:34.516
17 67 S P I D / RMS RUMPLER E / PEYROLES A Porsche 996 Cup C1 1:34.556
18 32 Nourry Compétition MOULLIN TRAFFORT / RABINEAU T Porsche 911 GT3 RS NGT 1:34.714
19 21 Wieth Racing STEPEC T / BALANDRAS R Ferrari 550 Maranello GT 1:34.779
20 20 D S M DEGLISE J L / DAVID W Chrysler Viper GTS -R GT 1:34.996
21 64 Nourry Compétition DEDOURS F / MAKOWIECKI F Porsche 996 Cup C1 1:35.237
22 76 IMSA - Challenge 86 NARAC R / DAVID Y Porsche 996 Cup C1 1:35.274
23 65 Centre Porsche Lorient ANCEL F / GOUBET P Porsche 996 Cup C1 1:36.009
24 71 Défi Cup VAISSIERE E / GAU P Porsche 996 Cup C1 1:36.064
25 34 D D O MOUEZ E / PRUNET C Porsche 911 GT3 RS NGT 1:36.644
26 66 G C R CLAIRAY G / LAURIN J Porsche 996 Cup C1 1:37.053
27 69 B L R T GUITARD J / REY A Porche 996 Cup C1 1:37.125
28 61 Ruffier Events BAUDOIN M / RUFFIER J C Porsche 996 Cup C1 1:37.171
29 63 Nourry Compétition MENARD J / BOUKOBZA F Porsche 996 Cup C1 1:37.324
30 68 Fabien Giroix GIROIX F / TUCHBANT D Porsche 996 Cup C1 1:37.440
31 79 Ruffier Events OUDIN J P / LEPREUX C Porsche 996 Cup B 1:37.531
32 31 Ruffier Events MEDARD J / HUGOT P Porsche 911 GT3 RS NGT 1:37.592
33 78 IMSA - Twin Com MICHEL J P / BACHELIER J M Porsche 996 Cup C1 1:38.290
34 82 Lease Plan Autovitesse SOMMEREAU D / PAPPOLLA J M Lamborghini Diablo GTR C2 1:39.323
35 70 Pilotage Passion NOZIERE P / BROUARD R Porsche 996 Cup C1 1:39.408
36 77 IMSA - VCA LELIEVRE F / POLETTE P Porsche 996 Cup C1 1:40.146
37 62 Ruffier Events MALLAT J Y / MOINEL DELALANDE Porsche 996 Cup B 1:40.516
38 14 Red Racing BUCHOUT N / MIGNE C Porsche 911 GT2 GT 1:41.090
39 33 Trans Euro Route SIGNORET J P / ORGEVAL E Toyota Bi-Turbo NGT 1:43.305

Session 2 Times

1 8 V B M BORNHAUSER P / THEVENIN O Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 1:28.084
2 2 Larbre Compétition DUMEZ S / BLANCHEMAIN J L Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 1:28.125
3 10 Force One Festina Racing Carsp HALLYDAY D / BESSON B Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 1:28.244
4 7 D D O DUPUY D / FIAT F Saleen GT 1:28.320
5 5 MTO Mirabeau Compétition ZANGARELLI M / HERNANDEZ B Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 1:28.323
6 11 Lease Plan Autovitesse BELTOISE A / LACROIX WASOVER S Chrysler Viper GTS--R GT 1:28.670
7 3 MTO Mirabeau Compétition MOUREU D / CAYROLLE E Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 1:28.971
8 1 Larbre Compétition GOUESLARD P / DUPARD O Ferrari 550 Maranello GT 1:29.735
9 4 MTO Mirabeau Compétition BLEYNIE G / LAGNIEZ J C Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 1:30.287
10 17 P S I Motosport MAXIMIN O / PRETTE P Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo GT 1:30.357
11 12 Red Racing VANNELET G / LESOUDIER G Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 1:30.503
12 15 Nourry Compétition POLICE J C / CAZENAVE L Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo GT 1:30.638
13 19 P S I Motorsport - Tillie Comp BERA R / SOURD M Porsche 996 Bi Turbo GT 1:31.528
14 30 Tarrès Team HAUCHARD F / PORTA O Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo GT 1:31.668
15 6 MTO Mirabeau Compétition BORDAS A / HERBERT P Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 1:32.066
16 32 Nourry Compétition MOULLIN TRAFFORT / RABINEAU T Porsche 911 GT3 RS NGT 1:32.111
17 34 D D O MOUEZ E / PRUNET C Porsche 911 GT3 RS NGT 1:32.322
18 64 Nourry Compétition DEDOURS F / MAKOWIECKI F Porsche 996 Cup C1 1:32.835
19 68 Fabien Giroix GIROIX F / TUCHBANT D Porsche 996 Cup C1 1:34.002
20 69 B L R T GUITARD J / REY A Porche 996 Cup C1 1:34.538
21 31 Ruffier Events MEDARD J / HUGOT P Porsche 911 GT3 RS NGT 1:35.074
22 63 Nourry Compétition MENARD J / BOUKOBZA F Porsche 996 Cup C1 1:35.075
23 76 IMSA - Challenge 86 NARAC R / DAVID Y Porsche 996 Cup C1 1:35.134
24 18 P S I Motorpsort - Tillie Comp TILLIE P / CABANNES G Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo GT 1:35.417
25 78 IMSA - Twin Com MICHEL J P / BACHELIER J M Porsche 996 Cup C1 1:35.909
26 67 S P I D / RMS RUMPLER E / PEYROLES A Porsche 996 Cup C1 1:35.976
27 65 Centre Porsche Lorient ANCEL F / GOUBET P Porsche 996 Cup C1 1:36.080
28 14 Red Racing BUCHOUT N / MIGNE C Porsche 911 GT2 GT 1:36.774
29 66 G C R CLAIRAY G / LAURIN J Porsche 996 Cup C1 1:36.892
30 79 Ruffier Events OUDIN J P / LEPREUX C Porsche 996 Cup B 1:36.918
31 77 IMSA - VCA LELIEVRE F / POLETTE P Porsche 996 Cup C1 1:36.985
32 71 Défi Cup VAISSIERE E / GAU P Porsche 996 Cup C1 1:37.561
33 82 Lease Plan Autovitesse SOMMEREAU D / PAPPOLLA J M Lamborghini Diablo GTR C2 1:38.194
34 62 Ruffier Events MALLAT J Y / MOINEL DELALANDE Porsche 996 Cup B 1:39.520
35 61 Ruffier Events BAUDOIN M / RUFFIER J C Porsche 996 Cup C1 1:41.149
36 70 Pilotage Passion NOZIERE P / BROUARD R Porsche 996 Cup C1 1:42.808

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