FFSA GT - Nogaro – Race 2
Thevenin and Bornhauser made it two out of two for the VBM Viper at Nogaro, the big V10s ‘only’ taking eight of the top eleven places in Monday’s race – after ten from eleven yesterday. But the old order could be changing: the Larbre Ferrari 550 was in second place, and DDO’s Saleen finished fifth.

Thévenin, Dumez and Besson (all Vipers) set a furious pace from the start, several lengths ahead of Zangarelli, Dupuy and Beltoise (two more Vipers, Dupuy in the Saleen). Dumez, who had lost fourth gear, was losing a precious time and slipping back, while Dupuy moved up to the third position, in contact with the leaders. The three leading men were together, the gap between them varying according to the traffic.

Morgan Moulin-Traffort led N-GT from the start, and succeeded in containing Cyril Prunet, who had problems with the front axle of his car and had to pit early, while the French Cup was enlivened by the moves between Makowiecki, Giroix and the very young Julien Menard. Eventually, Makowiecki managed to open a gap on Menard, who was enjoying his fight with Fabien Giroix. William David’s move up from last position to ninth should be noted too.

During the driver changes, there were two similar incidents. While Thévenin was about to come in the pitlane, Bruno Besson attempted the impossible, trying to pass the VBM Viper up the inside. The two made contact and Besson also hit Dupuy’s Saleen. A few moments later, Anthony Beltoise hit Mathieu Zangarelli in the same way: Besson had meanwhile stopped his Viper on the straight, a blown tyre having torn away the right side bodywork of the car, due to the bump with Thévenin and Dupuy

After the pit stops, Stéphane Lacroix-Wasover (Vier) was several lengths ahead of Fiat’s Saleen, Borhnauser and Blanchemain (Larbre Viper). Patrick Bornhauser passed successively Fiat and Lacroix-Wasover, the VBM Viper again leading the race. Unfortunately for him, Lacroix-Wasover spun and lost four positions to Fiat, Blanchemain, Dupard (in the 550) and Bleynie. Dupard’s Ferrari and Bleynie’s
Viper lit up the end of the race, taking advantage of Blanchemain’s gearbox problems and of Fiat’s difficult roadholding in the Saleen. Behind Bornhauser, who was now a dominant leader, the next two were neck and neck as far as the last corner.

Goueslard / Dupard’s Ferrari was eventually second, ahead of Blanchemain / Cayrolle, Bleynie / Lagniez being demoted owing to an airbox non-conformity.

Two races and two wins for Bornhauser / Thévenin: the men from Orléans left Nogaro as the championship leaders, ahead of Moureu / Cayrolle and Dumez / Blanchemain. The N-GT category was won again by Rabineau / Moullin-Traffort. In the Fench Cup, Makowiecki / Dedours, who had apparently been demoted on Sunday, took their revenge by winning ahead of Ancel / Goubet and Rumpler / Peyroles

Olivier Thévenin: “I started well. My mission was to save my tyres, so I was surprised because I wasn’t passed. However, I was even more surprised by Besson’s move which could have been a drama. I have much respect for Bruno, but he must learn to manage an endurance race and a single seater race differently. Otherwise, we obviously are very happy with our weekend but we are not surprised to be in the lead. The season is still long, everything will not go so well as here.”

Patrice Goueslard: “We are working on the car and little by little we are learning. However, we are running with a sword of Damocles upon our heads because the parts are very expensive and we mustn’t have any contacts. We have to find out how to have some grip at the front, because at the moment it doesn’t work to well. The diameter of the tyres doesn’t fit well. However we finish our weekend positively on the podium.”

Race 2 Result
1 8 BORNHAUSER Patrick THEVENIN Olivier Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 39 1:01:37.373 1:29.107
2 1 DUPARD Olivier GOUESLARD Patrice Ferrari 550 Maranello GT 39 1:01:51.261 1:30.016
3 2 BLANCHEMAIN Jean Luc DUMEZ Sébastien Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 39 1:02:02.890 1:29.058
4 3 MOUREU Didier CAYROLLE Eric Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 39 1:02:18.893 1:29.803
5 7 FIAT François DUPUY Dominique Saleen GT 39 1:02:23.158 1:29.354
6 19 BERA Romain SOURD Marc Porsche 996 Bi Turbo GT 39 1:02:27.732 1:31.767
7 11 LACROIX WASOVER Stéphane BELTOISE Anthony Chrysler Viper GTS--R GT 39 1:02:32.018 1:29.630
8 20 DEGLISE Jean Louis DAVID William Chrysler Viper GTS -R GT 39 1:02:32.425 1:29.553
9 5 HERNANDEZ Bruno ZANGARELLI Mathieu Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 39 1:02:45.745 1:29.544
10 6 BORDAS Alain HERBERT Patrick Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 38 1:01:52.426 1:31.929
11 12 LESOUDIER Gaël VANNELET Gilles Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 38 1:01:57.925 1:31.581
12 32 RABINEAU Thierry MOULLIN TRAFFORT Morgan Porsche 911 GT3 RS NGT 38 1:02:38.298 1:33.341
13 30 HAUCHARD Frédéric PORTA Olivier Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo GT 38 1:02:48.170 1:32.116
14 64 DEDOURS Frédéric MAKOWIECKI Frédéric Porsche 996 Cup C1 38 1:03:02.645 1:34.153
15 65 ANCEL Frédéric GOUBET Philippe Porsche 996 Cup C1 37 1:01:58.327 1:36.792
16 67 PEYROLES Arnaud RUMPLER Erick Porsche 996 Cup C1 37 1:02:10.945 1:36.202
17 63 BOUKOBZA Florian MENARD Julien Porsche 996 Cup C1 37 1:02:16.715 1:35.121
18 76 DAVID Yannick NARAC Raymond Porsche 996 Cup C1 37 1:02:20.178 1:36.263
19 31 MEDARD Jacques HUGOT Pascal Porsche 911 GT3 RS NGT 37 1:02:39.720 1:34.889
20 66 LAURIN Jérome CLAIRAY Guy Porsche 996 Cup C1 37 1:03:03.331 1:37.808
21 21 STEPEC Thierry BALANDRAS Richard Ferrari 550 Maranello GT 37 1:03:09.197 1:34.262
22 79 LEPREUX Christian OUDIN Jean Paul Porsche 996 Cup C1 37 1:03:13.877 1:37.594
23 78 MICHEL Jean Pierre BACHELIER Jean Marc Porsche 996 Cup C1 36 1:01:38.840 1:36.597
24 34 MOUEZ Eric PRUNET Cyril Porsche 911 GT3 RS NGT 36 1:01:53.360 1:33.324
25 82 BLANCHEMAIN Jean Luc DUMEZ Sébastien Lamborghini Diablo GTR C2 36 1:02:01.905 1:38.892
26 69 GUITARD Johnny REY André Porche 996 Cup C1 36 1:02:07.044 1:35.909
27 77 LELIEVRE Frédéric POLETTE Philippe Porsche 996 Cup C1 36 1:02:10.386 1:38.012
28 18 TILLIE Philippe CABANNES Georges Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo GT 36 1:02:20.674 1:34.473
29 33 SIGNORET Jean Pierre ORGEVAL Emmanuel Toyota Bi-Turbo NGT 36 1:02:58.816 1:38.705
30 62 MALLAT Jean Yves MOINEL DELALANDE Didier Porsche 996 Cup C1 36 1:03:13.536 1:38.867
31 68 TUCHBANT David GIROIX Fabien Porsche 996 Cup C1 35 1:01:40.568 1:35.125
32 70 BROUARD Rémy NOZIERE Philippe Porsche 996 Cup C1 34 1:02:53.030 1:40.088
33 71 VAISSIERE Eric GAU Patrick Porsche 996 Cup C1 32 55:15.007 1:37.364
34 10 HALLYDAY David BESSON Bruno Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 23 34:51.572 1:29.292
35 14 BUCHOUX Nicolas MIGNE Cyrille Porsche 911 GT2 GT 13 21:20.141 1:35.755
36 61 RUFFIER Jean Claude BAUDOIN Michel Porsche 996 Cup C1 10 18:19.251 1:45.779
37 15 POLICE Jean Claude CAZENAVE Laurent Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo GT 2 3:42.466 1:37.825
38 17 PRETTE Philippe MAXIMIN Olivier Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo GT 1 1:36.915 1:36.915

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Claude Foubert

 

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