FFSA GT Preview – Le Mans
The FFSA GT Championship is building up to a climax – and the Bugatti Circuit races will see a famous name join the Championship.

Having taken the lead in the overall standings, Sébastien Dumez and Jean-Luc Blanchemain looked like favourites for the title, but the Larbre Compétition drivers missed their opportunity at Albi, where they didn’t score any points. That left Patrick Bornhauser alone in the lead of the Championship. He was without the injured Olivier Thévenin at Albi, but Bornhauser might have his regular partner back for Le Mans: Thévenin will run in the practice sessions and will decide if his wrist is strong enough. If not, William David will stand in again.

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The Force One pairing, Bruno Besson (above) and David Hallyday, are in third place and could deprive the leaders of big points, as could the Dupuy / Fiat Saleen. The two time champions have already won with this car (Albi), and Le Mans and Magny-Cours should suit the Saleen. Lease Plan Autovitesse won the first race at Albi.

Mirabeau Compétition took a second and third at Albi (Clerico / Herbert), and Emmanuel Clérico will share one Viper with Yvan Lebon. The other will be driven by Jean-Claude Lagniez and …. Nicolas Prost, the son of the former F1 World Champion about to make his GT debut.

dailysportscar.comGérard Bleynie, Mirabeau’s owner, explains that “in July, I offered Nicolas the chance to have some laps at the wheel of the Viper, at Magny-Cours, where we had a test session. We only wanted him to discover the sensation of driving a 1200 kgs / 600 hp car. He came out of the car delighted and seemed to be even more passionate. I have known him for a long time and I appreciate his ability very much, so to please him, I give him my seat (at Le Mans) so he can have an idea of the car in race conditions.”

The image shows the (now) 23 year old on the grid at Le Mans last year, in a Formula Campus car - and this is the Viper he'll be racing this weekend.

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The N-GT Trophy title could go to Morgan Moulin-Traffort and Thierry Rabineau this weekend. They will have to defeat Patricia Bertapelle, partnered by Christian Demigneux, at the wheel of a Lamborghini.

Fred Dedours and Fred Makowiecki are back in the lead of the French Cup after Albi, Arnaud Peyrolles and Erick Rumpler lying second.
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Championship Standings
1 Bornhauser (VBM Viper) 230 pts
2 Dumez / Blanchemain (Larbre Viper) 212
4 Besson / Hallyday (Force One Viper 204
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.

 

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