FFSA GT – Le Mans Friday
On a dry track, the FFSA GT entrants had a one hour practice session on Friday afternoon – writes Claude Foubert. Two cars are not present : the Larbre Ferrari 550 Maranello, as expected, but which will be back for the last round at Magny-Cours, the car being currently prepared at Larbre’s workshop, and the SRT Corvette, which runs this weekend in the Belcar Championship, at Spa. Yvan Lebon, Marc Goossen’s regular partner aboard the Corvette shares a Mirabeau Viper this weekend, with Emmanuel Clérico.

As reported earlier this week, Nicolas Prost will have his first FFSA GT race in the #4 Mirabeau Viper, alongside Jean-Claude Lagniez. Alain Prost is expected at the track on Saturday, to support his son. Another newcomer in this series is the local man Luc Alphand, in a Ruffier Porsche.

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There was much traffic on the circuit during the 60 minute session, which is much faster than last year, owing to the new surface. Prost / Lagniez’s Viper stopped on the circuit early in the session and the car was towed to the pits during the red flag.

In the late stages, most of the drivers put on new tyres, as for a qualifying session. This practice session wasn’t officially timed and so there aren’t official results. However, the top four read :
1 Besson/Hallyday (Force One Viper)
2 Beltoise / Lacroix-Wasover (Lease Plan Autovitesse Viper)
3 Dupuy / Fiat (DDO Saleen)
4 Hernandez / Zangarelli (Mirabeau Viper).

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The first three drivers were in the 1’36’’ bracket, three seconds quicker than last year. The qualifying sessions are on Saturday morning.

dailysportscar.comDuring the press conference, I spoke with Henri Pescarolo: he runs two Peugeot 406s in the French Supertouring Champinship, for Soheil Ayari and Eric Hélary, Ayari leading the series by six points, ahead of Hélary.

Henri confirmed that he will submit two Le Mans entries, for ‘hybrid’ cars, next year.

“We’ll have much work to do because we must change almost everything on the cars, and we’ll have new bodywork and new aerodynamics, but it is a very hard work. These cars will run in 2005 and maybe in 2006. According to the regulations, our car will be more powerful. As for the 2005 LMES, I should like to run two cars because it is more comfortable and safer, but it will depend on the money.”

 

 

 

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