Van de Vyver Historic Series – Dijon & Nogaro
Pascal Thebault has already brought us up to date with
the VdeV Modern Endurance Challenge events at Dijon and Nogaro.
Here he repeats the exercise for the VdeV Historics.
Allen Lloyd and Gerry Wainwright started in pole position for the
six hour race, and took the victory with Lloyd’s Lola T70
– which was substituting for his regular GT40 entry. A 180
mph top speed from the small block Chevy was perfect for the long
straight at Dijon-Prenois.
Pursuers Shipman / Hales
(Crossle) and France / Chateaux (Lola T70) swapped positions throughout
the race, but gearbox problems for the Lola were to the benefit
of the reliable Elva MK8-BMW of Stepak / Bourdin / Stepak: six hour
races are real tests of endurance for these pieces of history.
For their first entry
into the Endurance Challenge, the Miroux brothers’ Datsun
240Z came close to the podium, as the leader of the GT group, followed
home by the Ferrari Daytona of the Scemama family and the Porsche
916 replica of Sevin and Cudini.
1. Lloyd-Wainwright (Lola T70)
2. Shipman-Hales (Crossle)
3. Stepak-Bourdin-Stepak (Elva MK8)
4. Miroux-Miroux (Datsun 240Z)
5. Scemama-Scemama (Ferrari Daytona 365 GTB/4)
6. Zurstrassen-Brison-Deneve (Elva MK7)
7. Sevin-Cudini (Porsche 916 replica)
8. Guanzini-Ligonnet-Giavedoni (Elva MK7)
9. Moreau-Langin (Porsche 911)
10. Kohler-Ortion (Porsche 911)
… (33 listed)
For Lloyd and Wainwright, the penultimate round of the Historic
series was almost a carbon copy of Dijon: pole position, fastest
lap and victory.
the main contenders were again the Crossle of Shipman / Hales and
the other T70 of France / Chateaux, but both suffered problems.
and Marc Faggionato took the Widi racing Costin Nathan to second
... one lap
ahead the quick Chevron B16 of David Yates and Geoff Kimber-Smith.
The orange Chevron B8 of David Ferrer, Romain Brandela and Jean-Claude
Andruet (sitting on the car, below) took a good fourth, with precious
points for the legendary Andruet, who is aiming for a possible crown
at the end of the season.
The short haired
blond lady on the right of Andruet is Madame Espinos, mother of
Frédéric (media man for the FFSA). Mme. Espinos is
better known as "Biche", from the time when she was Andruet's
co-driver when they rallied such cars as an Alpine Berlinetta, Fiat
131 Abarth, Lancia Stratos and Ferrari 360 GTB. A brave lady...
The next and
last round will be held at Nîmes-Lédenon on October
9-10. Lloyd and Wainwright celebrate their victory, below.
1. Lloyd-Wainwright (Lola T70)
2. Nicolet-Faggionato (Costin Nathan)
3. Yates-Kimber Smith (Chevron B16)
4. Ferrer-Andruet-Brandela (Chevron B8)
5. Stepak-Bourdin (Elva Mk8)
6. Guanzini-Vignes-Giavedoni (Elva MK7)
7. Kohler-Ortion (Porsche 911)
8. Rodrigues-Ortion (Porsche 911)
9. Brossard-Mothe-Van de Vyver (Porsche 911)
10. Le Jean-Pelletier-Ancelin (Porsche 911)
… (20 listed)
1. Andruet (Chevron B8) 105 points
2. Lloyd / Wainwright (Ford GT 40 + Lola T 70) 102 points
4. Dutoya / Saulnier / Dutoya (Elva MK 8) 92 points
7. Bourdin / Stepak (Elva MK 8) 91 points
9. Nicolet (Costin Nathan) 90 points
10. Belin (Chevron B8) 87 points