VdeV Historic Challenge - 6 hours of Lédenon
A third consecutive victory for Allen Lloyd, Gerry Wainwright and their Lola T70 ensured the Van de Vyver Historic Challenge title last weekend (October 10) – writes Pascal Thebault.

Located at the top of a hill near Nîmes, the Lédenon twisting “toboggan” suited the small block Chevy. Two good drivers ensured that the smaller cars were left with the scarps: the three seconds gap in qualifying spoke for itself. But it was a joy for French fans to see and hear the lovely machinery used by the British pair all season long (they started with a Ford GT40).

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Jean-Claude Andruet didn’t make the start with the orange Chevron (second overall), so a third place was enough for the Stepak family and François Bourdin to make the second step in the final standings. Luc Deneve, Serge Brison and Jean-Marie Leys followed with Widi Racing’ Elva Mk7, preceding the tiny Alpine M63B of Gérard Besson / Marc Peccolo.

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Jon Shipman / Mark Hales (Crossle) and Jacques Nicolet / Marc Faggionato (Costin Nathan) encountered mechanical troubles.

The GT class was enhanced by the attendance of some interesting (and above all different) cars like a MGC Sebring (replica?) or the comeback from Belgium of the Miroux family’s quick Datsun 240Z.

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But Team Polybaie from Angoulême had its two 911s on top of the category, thanks to Delfim Rodrigues / Charly Diemer / Alain Bohn and Bernard Moreau / Miguel Langin. Another flat 6 was third with Andreu Vidal / Toni Termes from Catalonia.

This last race is time to take stock: the Historic Challenge ’04 line-up suffered a little in numbers in comparison with the Modern one. But the standard of cars looks better than ever and the championship can rely on the support of its faithful teams: “Rendez-vous” in ’05!

Race Result
1. Allen Lloyd - Gerry Wainwright (Lola T70 Chevy)
2. David Ferrer - Romain Brandela (Chevron B8 BMW)
3. Henri Stepak - Sylvain Stepak - François Bourdin (Elva Mk8 BMW)
4. Luc Deneve – Serge Brison – Jean-Marie Leys (Elva Mk7 BMW)
5. Gérard Besson – Marc Peccolo (Alpine M63B Renault)
6. Alain Bohn – Charly Diemer – Delfim Rodrigues (Porsche 911)
7. Jacques Nicolet – Marc Faggionatto (Costin Nathan BMW)
8. Bernard Moreau – Michel Langin (Porsche 911)
9. Sylvain Guanzini – René Ligonnet – Alain Giavedoni (Elva Mk7)
10. Andreu Vidal – Toni Termes (Porsche 911)

Final Standings
1. Allen Lloyd - Gerry Wainwright / 137 points
2. Henri Stepak - François Bourdin / 113 pts
3. Jean-Claude Andruet - David Ferrer - Romain Brandela / 105 pts
4. Jacques Nicolet / 104 pts
5. Delfim Rodrigues / 101 pts
6. Pierre Dutoya - Serge Saulnier - Laurent Dutoya / 92 pts
7. Gérard Besson - Marc Pecollo / 90 pts
8. Marc Faggionato / 89 pts
9. Christophe Belin / 87 pts
10. Damien Kohler / 85 pts

 

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