FFSA GT – Albi – Race 1 Report
The first race was held late on Saturday afternoon, in stifling
heat, and resulted in another Viper win, this one for the Lease
Plan Autovitesse car of Stephane Lacroix-Wasover and Anthony Beltoise.
from pole in the Red River Viper, lost out to David Hallyday (Force
One Viper) on lap 2, and Lesoudier was overtaken successively by
Fiat (DDO Saleen), Bornhauser (VBM Viper), Moureu (Mirabeau Viper),
Vannelet (PSI Porsche) and then Lebon (SRT Corvette). Bruno Hernandez
and Gérard Bleynie soon retired after a big accident, Bleynie’s
Viper briefly catching fire.
David Hallyday escaped
in the lead, Patrick Bornhauser built on his second place, but the
Saleen stopped on track with a fuel pump problem: François
Fiat turned on his spare pump and the Saleen started up again, resuming
in 21st place, a lap behind the leaders.
It was the start of the
problems for the leaders, for now Yvan Lebon, who was third, stopped
his SRT Corvette, his V8’s oil pressure too high.
By the 23rd minute, Hallyday
had a 20 seconds lead ahead of Bornhauser, then Vannelet and Lesoudier,
and nearly all leaders then pitted. The pitlane was so congested
that some drivers lost some time. Bruno Besson took over from Hallyday
and was now in the lead, ahead of William David. Unfortunately,
Olivier Thévenin’s substitute then made a mistake,
losing considerable time.
Alone at the
head of the field, Bruno Besson had only to save his 30 seconds
lead, from Sébastien Dumez (Larbre Viper), Romain Bera (PSI
Porsche), Anthony Beltoise (Lease Plan AutoVitesse Viper), Jean-Philippe
Belloc and a lively field comprising Cayrolle, Porta and Clérico.
Beltoise then chased furiously after Bera and took third, which
became second when Dumez stopped his Viper with a broken radiator.
The last stages
of the race were eventful too. Dominique Dupuy was fastest man on
the track, was moving up very quickly. Emmanuel Clérico shone,
fighting with Jean-Philippe Belloc, after he had passed Cayrolle
and Porta. The fight for fourth place between Belloc and Clérico
then became third place when Bera had a front right puncture on
The last two laps were
highly eventful: Bruno Besson had battery problems, and his Viper
was dying, so Anthony Beltoise inherited the lead, ahead of Clérico,
who had made a fine comeback, and Belloc who then ran out of petrol
and was passed by Dominique Dupuy in the Saleen. The two sick Vipers
driven by Besson and Belloc still managed to finish fourth and sixth,
split by Olivier Porta. In the championship
standings, Dumez / Blanchemain saved their lead, 12 pts ahead of
Bornhauser, but the Lease Plan Autovitesse team was very pleased
with its first FFSA GT win. .
/ Rabineau claimed an easy win in the N-GT Trophy, ahead of Mouez
/ Prunet. In the French Cup, after a strong fight, the Lopez / Charriol
Lamborghini took the win, ahead of Rumpler / Peyroles and Makowiecki
/ Dedours, who are now leaders in the Cup standings.
Claude Foubert / Fred Espinos
1 11 Lease Plan Autovitesse LACROIX WASOVER Stéphane BELTOISE
Anthony Chrysler Viper GTS--R 1 GT 44 1:00:45.948 155.230 1:17.470
2 6 MTO Mirabeau Compétition HERBERT Patrick CLERICO Emmanuel
Chrysler Viper GTS-R 2 GT 44 1:00:57.185 11.237 154.753 1:18.146
3 7 D D O FIAT François DUPUY Dominique Saleen 3 GT 44 1:01:03.931
17.983 154.468 1:16.901 31 167.264
4 10 Force One HALLYDAY David BESSON Bruno Chrysler Viper GTS-R
4 GT 44 1:01:32.316 46.368 153.281 1:17.950 6 165.013
5 30 Tarrès Team HAUCHARD Frédéric PORTA Olivier
Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo 5 GT 44 1:01:34.848 48.900 153.176 1:19.654
6 12 Red Racing LESOUDIER Gaël BELLOC Jean Philippe Chrysler
Viper GTS-R 6 GT 44 1:01:44.874 58.926 152.761 1:18.829 24 163.173
7 8 V B M BORNHAUSER Patrick DAVID William Chrysler Viper GTS-R
7 GT 44 1:01:54.343 1:08.395 152.372 1:18.275 25 164.328
8 3 MTO Mirabeau Compétition MOUREU Didier CAYROLLE Eric
Chrysler Viper GTS-R 8 GT 43 1:00:51.731 1 Trs 151.462 1:19.157
9 32 Nourry Compétition RABINEAU Thierry MOULLIN TRAFFORT
Morgan Porsche 911 GT3 RS 1 NGT 43 1:01:33.026 1 Trs 149.768 1:21.176
10 21 Wieth Racing STEPEC Thierry BALANDRAS Richard Ferrari 550
Maranello 9 GT 43 1:02:10.974 1 Trs 148.245 1:19.985 24 160.815