FFSA GT Championship – Dijon – Race 2 Report
A PSI Porsche Win

Sunday afternon, and just as the FFSA GT entrants were about to have their second start this weekend, the rain began to fall. Consequently, the race started behind the safety car. Most of the drivers pitted immediately to put on rain tyres, while some of them, such as Beltoise, Besson or Thévenin, waited to see what the weather would do before deciding themselves. Meanwhile, Olivier Thévenin stopped his Viper on the side of the track with an injection problem. At last, most of the ‘latecomers’ changed their tyres: Porta, Sourd, Loger and Giroix were the only drivers to stay with slick tyres

When the safety car came in, the race was green at last. Olivier Maximin, at the whel of his PSI Porsche 996 Biturbo, was leading ahead of Dominique Dupuy, Morgan Moullin-Traffort, William David, Jean-Claude Lagniez and Marc Goossens’s Corvette. Taking advantage of a swift car in those poor grip conditions, Maximin widened a gap little by little on Dupuy and Goossens, who succeeded in passing Moullin-Traffort. After 20 minutes, the stars were moving up in the standings. Anthony Beltoise was catching up Goossens, passed him and charged up under Dominique Dupuy’s rear (Saleen) wing. The Saleen and the Viper had a slight contact. Unfortunately, Dupuy had to retire soon afterwards.

Hardly at the half-race point, positions were changing because now Anthony Beltoise and Marc Goossens disposed of Maximim. So, Beltoise was leading ahead of Goossens, Maximim and a compact group with Lagniez, Dumez, Besson, Cazenave and Moullin-Traffort were next. Among the leaders, Dumez pitted first, and the other drivers after one more lap.

After the driver changes, Stéphane Lacroix-Wasover (Lease Plan Autovitesse Viper) was in the lead, 20 seconds ahead of Prette (PSI Porsche), Bleynie (Mirabeau Viper), Blanchemain (Larbre Viper) and Lebon (SRT Corvette). While Blanchemain and Lebon were exchanging positions on each lap, everyone was looking at David Hallyday’s recovery (even though he had had an engine problem since the start), and Romain Bera’s too. Both men moved up respectively to fourth and fifth.

dailysportscar.comUnfortunately Romain Bera retired towards the end of the race, owing to contact with a slow driver. Gérard Bleynie was ensured of his third place, but the leaders were neck and neck with five minutes to go. In the last lap, Prette in #17 took advantage of Lacroix-Wasover’s mistake to take the lead, giving to Porsche and PSI their first season’s win. In fifth palce, Dumez / Blanchemain took advantage of Thévenin’s retirement to comfort their new leadership.

Though they had a stop and go, the Demigneux brothers succeeded in winning in the N-GT Trophy, ahead of Rabineau / Moullin-Traffort, so qquick in the early stages, and Ruffier / Medici.

For the first time in their career, the young pairing Julien Ménard / Florian Boukobza crossed the finished line as the French Cup winners, ahead of Guitard / Rey, back on the podium and Rumpler / Peyroles.

Olivier Maximin: “We pitted very early to put on wet tyres. The Porsche is great to drive when the track is very wet. Then, when it was drying, it was tougher. However, I made a good stint. When Philippe came on the track, we did not tell him his position so that he didn’t panic. He ran very well, we put the pressure on him by radio to pass Lacroix-Wasover. It is his very first win and as for me, it is my first GT win, it is fantastic!”

Anthony Beltoise: “We changed our tyres too late. The car was going well in the rain, I pushed very hard because I was really at ease. Then, the pressure was on Stéphane; he had a good run, unfortunately a spin in the trafic cost us some time. In the end, he had tyre problems, it was not easy for him to contain the Porsche. There were three corners too many, but we are pleased with this result, it is our season’s first podium.”
Claude Foubert (With thanks to Julie Rubin, FFSA)

Result
1 17 P S I Motosport PRETTE Philippe MAXIMIN Olivier Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo GT 35 1:01:16.633 1:32.106

2 11 Lease Plan Autovitesse LACROIX WASOVER Stéphane BELTOISE Anthony Chrysler Viper GTS--R GT 35 1:01:16.845 1:29.058
3 4 MTO Mirabeau Compétition BLEYNIE Gérard LAGNIEZ Jean Claude Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 35 1:01:24.766 1:32.282
4 10 Force One HALLYDAY David BESSON Bruno Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 35 1:01:29.641 1:31.674
5 2 Larbre Compétition BLANCHEMAIN Jean Luc DUMEZ Sébastien Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 35 1:02:03.316 1:32.794
6 15 Nourry Compétition POLICE Jean Claude CAZENAVE Laurent Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo GT 35 1:02:24.533 1:33.882
7 28 S R T LEBON Yvan GOOSSENS Marc Chevrolet Corvette CSR GT 35 1:02:26.562 1:31.703
8 3 MTO Mirabeau Compétition MOUREU Didier CAYROLLE Eric Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 35 1:02:29.957 1:32.394
9 36 Riverside DEMIGNEUX Michel DEMIGNEUX Christian Lamborghini Diablo GTR NGT 35 1:02:45.142 1:33.995
10 32 Nourry Compétition RABINEAU Thierry MOULLIN TRAFFORT Morgan Porsche 911 GT3 RS NGT 35 1:02:46.913 1:33.499
11 16 PSI Motorsport BERA Romain VANNELET Gilles Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo GT 34 1:00:41.594 1:30.838
12 6 MTO Mirabeau Compétition BORDAS Alain HERBERT Patrick Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 34 1:02:00.568 1:33.842
13 20 D S M DEGLISE Jean Louis DAVID William Chrysler Viper GTS -R GT 34 1:02:18.439 1:31.766
14 1 Larbre Compétition DUPARD Olivier GOUESLARD Patrice Ferrari 550 Maranello GT 34 1:02:41.917 1:32.727
15 18 Tillie Compétition TILLIE Philippe CABANNES Georges Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo GT 33 1:01:21.772 1:36.297
16 19 P S I Motorsport THEVENOT Jean Marc SOURD Marc Porsche 996 Bi Turbo GT 33 1:01:25.842 1:32.559
17 30 Tarrès Team HAUCHARD Frédéric PORTA Olivier Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo GT 33 1:01:29.179 1:34.763
18 35 Ruffier Racing MEDICI Roland RUFFIER James Porsche 911 GT3-RS NGT 33 1:01:51.741 1:34.415
19 12 Red Racing LESOUDIER Gaël SOAVE Thierry Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 33 1:01:51.901 1:32.082
20 34 D D O MOUEZ Eric PRUNET Cyril Porsche 911 GT3 RS NGT 33 1:02:02.821 1:34.390
21 63 Nourry Compétition BOUKOBZA Florian MENARD Julien Porsche 996 Cup C1 33 1:02:11.663 1:40.045
22 69 B L R T GUITARD Johnny REY André Porsche 996 Cup C1 33 1:02:30.777 1:39.955
23 31 Ruffier Racing MEDARD Jacques HUGOT Pascal Porsche 911 GT3 RS NGT 33 1:02:40.595 1:36.915
24 37 Riverside BERTAPELLE Patricia BENTIVOGLIO Christophe Lamborghini Diablo GTRS NGT 32 1:01:52.430 1:38.685
25 67 S P I D PEYROLES Arnaud RUMPLER Erick Porsche 996 Cup C1 32 1:02:09.625 1:40.111
26 65 Centre Porsche Lorient ANCEL Frédéric GOUBET Philippe Porsche 996 Cup C1 32 1:02:18.730 1:39.339
27 66 G C R CLAIRAY Guy LAURIN Jérome Porsche 996 Cup C1 32 1:02:21.086 1:41.603
28 64 CD Sport DEDOURS Frédéric MAKOWIECKI Frédéric Porsche 996 Cup C1 32 1:02:25.116 1:39.058
29 77 IMSA - VCA LELIEVRE Frédéric POLETTE Philippe Porsche 996 Cup C1 32 1:02:28.756 1:42.852
30 14 Red Racing BUCHOUX Nicolas MIGNE Cyrille Porsche 911 GT2 GT 32 1:02:34.538 1:40.283
31 76 IMSA - Challenge 86 DAVID Yannick NARAC Raymond Porsche 996 Cup C1 32 1:02:46.524 1:39.568
32 78 IMSA - Twin Com MICHEL Jean Pierre BACHELIER Jean Marc Porsche 996 Cup C1 32 1:02:55.425 1:42.520
33 79 Ruffier Racing LACROIX Pascal LEPREUX Christian Porsche 996 Cup C1 31 1:01:28.679 1:44.371
34 61 Ruffier Racing OUDIN Jean Paul HASSID Henry Porsche 996 Cup C1 31 1:01:39.360 1:42.147
35 80 Riverside CHARRIOL Philippe LOGER David Lamborghini Diablo GTR C2 31 1:02:01.761 1:40.527
36 21 Wieth Racing STEPEC Thierry BALANDRAS Richard Ferrari 550 Maranello GT 31 1:02:35.686 1:35.473
37 62 Ruffier Racing MALLAT Jean Yves MOINEL DELALANDE Didier Porsche 996 Cup C1 31 1:02:41.265 1:44.205
38 70 Pilotage Passion NOZIERE Philippe BROUARD Rémy Porsche 996 Cup C1 30 1:01:51.924 1:45.499
39 82 Lease Plan Autovitesse PAPPOLLA Jean Michel SOMMEREAU Didier Lamborghini Diablo GTR C2 30 1:02:08.677 1:45.444
40 71 Défi Cup VAISSIERE Eric " GUF " Porsche 996 Cup C1 30 1:02:28.359 1:43.693
41 68 First Racing TUCHBANT David GIROIX Fabien Porsche 996 Cup C1 29 59:42.154 1:41.768
42 5 MTO Mirabeau Compétition HERNANDEZ Bruno ZANGARELLI Mathieu Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 27 51:17.663 1:33.118
43 83 Lease Plan - Autovitesse BOCCARA Jean Pierre MHITARIAN Michel Lamborghini Diablo GTR C2 17 35:38.137 1:42.437
44 33 Trans Euro Route SIGNORET Jean Pierre GHISLAIN Thimothée Toyota Bi-Turbo NGT 15 35:55.522 1:35.145
45 7 D D O FIAT François DUPUY Dominique Saleen GT 13 26:18.973 1:32.414
46 8 V B M BORNHAUSER Patrick THEVENIN Olivier Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT 2 4:39.497 2:21.965.

Standings
1 Dumez/Blanchemain Larbre Compétition Chrysler Viper GTS-R 212 pts
2 Thévrnin/Bornhauser VBM Chrysler Viper GTS-R 192
3 Besson/Hallyday Force One Viper Chrysler Viper GTS-R 168
4 Cayrolle/Moureu Mirabeau Chrysler Viper GTS-R 116
5 Dupuy/Fiat DDO Saleen SR-7 90
6 Zangarelli/Hernandez Mirabeau Chrysler Viper GTS-R 82
7 David/Déglise DSM Chrysler Viper GTS-R 74
8 Beltoise/Lacroix Wasover Lease Plan Autovitesse Chrysler Viper GTS-R 70
9 Rabineau/Moulin-Traffort PSI Porsche 911 GT3RS (1st N-GT) 67
10 Bleynie/Lagniez Mirabeau Chrysler Viper GTS-R 66

FFSA GT French Cup
1 Ancel/Goubet Porsche 996 Cup 183
2 Dedours/Makowiecki Porsche 996 Cup 181
3 Guitard/Rey Porsche 996 Cup 175.

 

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