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