FFSA GT – Albi – Race 2 Report
After the tough race on Saturday afternoon, five cars could not
take the start for race 2, including the Goossens / Lebon Corvette
(electronics problem) and the Hernandez / Zangarelli and Bleynie
/ Lagniez Vipers. The first dramatic turn of events took place on
the starting grid when the Larbre crew pushed Dumez's car into the
pitlane. Dumez managed however to start, but from the pits.
Dominique Dupuy in the
Saleen was first after lap 1, ahead of Besson, Beltoise, David,
Clérico and Belloc – all Vipers of course. Very soon,
Dupuy, Besson, Beltoise and David escaped from the rest of the field.
Dupuy, threatened by Besson, did not hold out long against the Force
One Racing driver. So, Bruno Besson was leading after ten minutes.
Meanwhile, Sébastien Dumez retired, with a broken cylinder
head, the engine having overheated on Saturday.
In the lead, Besson was
pushing hard to leave Dominique Dupuy behind, but it remained a
five second gap between them. Behind them, Anthony Beltoise and
William David had to contain Emmanuel Clerico, who was in great
form at the end of his stint. While Anthony Beltoise pitted first,
Clérico passed David, and was now in third position.
After the driver changes,
François Fiat in the Saleen was in the lead, more than ten
seconds ahead of David Hallyday who chased as much as he could to
close the gap on the Saleen but he was held up in traffic. Behind
both men, there was a strong fight between Patrick Herbert, Patrick
Bornhauser and Gaël Lesoudier. Lesoudier gave in first, the
two other drivers pushing hard. Worried about his fuel consumption,
Bornhauser did not want to tempt fate and left Herbert to escape.
While the gap
between Fiat and Hallyday was constant, the Force One Viper slowed
down within ten minutes of the chequered flag. As in the first race,
the fuel pump deprived Besson and Hallyday from a fine result. Fiat
could now manage his race, ahead of Herbert’s Mirabeau Viper
and Bornhauser’s similar VBM car. The last event came in the
last turn, the Mirabeau Compétition Viper running out of
fuel, Herbert still managing to cross the line in third. Patrick
Bornhauser inherited the second place and took advantage of his
contenders's misfortunes to be alone in the lead in the Championship
standings. So Dominique Dupuy and François Fiat took the
first Saleen win in the FFSA GT Championship.
Moullin-Traffort / Rabineau
had a comfortable win in the N-GT Trophy, increasing their lead
in the points. They were pleased to be in the top ten overall. Baudouin
/ Ruffier joined them on the podium, with Thimotée Ghislain
and Jean-Pierre Signoret who finished third.
Charriol / Loger's Lamborghini
was the winner in the French Cup again, ahead of Makowiecki / Dedours
and Rumpler / Peyrolles.
Claude Foubert / Julie Rubin
1 Dupuy / Fiat (DDO Saleen)
2 David / Bornhauser (VBM Viper) + 56.164
3 Clérico / Herbert (Mirabeau Viper) + 1.00.338
4 Belloc / Lesoudier (Red Racing Viper) + 1.01.532
5 Beson / Hallyday (Force One Viper) + 1 lap
6 Cayrolle / Moureu (Mirabeau Viper)+ 1 lap
7 Bera / Vannelet (PSI Porsche) + 1 lap
8 Porta / Hauchard (Tarrès Team Porsche) + 1 lap
9 Beltoise / Lacroix Wasover (Lease Plan Autovitesse Viper) + 1
10 Moulin Traffort / Rabineau (Nourry Porsche) 1st N-GT + 2 laps
(VBM Viper) 230 pts
2 Dumez / Blanchemain (Larbre Viper) 212
4 Besson / Hallyday (Force One Viper204
6 Thévenin (VBM Viper) 192
7 Dupuy / Fiat (DDO Saleen) 154
9 Cayrolle / Moureu (Mirabeau Viper) 140
11 Beltoise / Lacroix Wasover (Lease Plan Autovitesse Viper) 114
13 William David (VBM Viper) 94
14 Moulin Traffort / Rabineau (Nourry Porsche) 82.