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