FFSA GT – Magny-Cours – Race 1 - October 16
Qualifying

The conditions during qualifying were tricky, owing to a track which was still wet. Gael Lesoudier (Red Racing Viper) was dominant in the first half of the session, but very soon, Patrick Bornhauser was shining as he claimed the provisional pole. The VBM driver kept ahead of Gilles Vannelet’s assaults (in the PSI Porsche 996 Biturbo), David Hallyday (Force One Viper) and Gael Lesoudier. All these drivers threatened to beat Bornhauser’s time, but no one succeeded. In the late stages, Nicolas Prost, although he is still in the early stages of driving a Viper, set an impressive second best time, putting himself the front row.

Jean-Luc Blanchemain, who was in trouble with a wrong setup, was only 23rd, while David Hallyday was not particularly pleased with his fourth position.

In the N-GT Trophy, Michel Demigneux claimed the class provisional pole and was eighth quickest overall, which proved that the Lamborghini was well suited to a wet track.

Patrick Bornhauser: “The pole position is psychologically important, but it is not the most important, which is to win this race. The car was difficult to drive, it could not turn, we have to make some changes on the rear end. We haven’t anything to lose this weekend. Either we are winners, and it will be a real achievement, or we finish second or third and it will still be pretty fantastic."

Nicolas Prost: “The car setup is OK. It wasn’t easy, but it was great fun. When you are in a good team like Mirabeau, where there’s a fine atmosphere, where the driver is respected and listened to, everything’s all right. I would like really to thank Gérard Bleynie for he gave me this opportunity. I am very pleased with Mirabeau and so the results are following.”

Race
The sky, which was still threatening, led the race director to delay the start in order that the teams could put on rain tyres. Just at the start of the formation lap, a heavy downpour fell on the circuit, and those who hadn’t changed had to pit eventually. Among them, Stéphane Lacroix-Wasover (Lease Plan Autovitesse Viper), who started last.

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Patrick Bornhauser was surprised at the start by Nicolas Prost and David Hallyday. In the rain, the three men set a strong pace and quickly widened the gap over Moureu (#6 Viper), Hernandez, both aboard Mirabeau Vipers, and Hauchard (Tarrès Porshe) . Bornhauser passed Hallyday and was neck and neck with Nicolas Prost, who was leading. As early as the second lap, just when Patrick Bornhauser overtook Nicolas Prost, David Hallyday couldn’t avoid two drivers who were returning to the track after spinning. The Force One driver crashed in the wall at the Adelaide corner, the right of the Viper was badly damaged and he had to pit – and retired. The safety car came out for three laps.

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At the green lights, Bornhauser tried to push hard to widen the gap but Nicolas Prost (#4Viper), who was driving extremely well and matched the similar VBM car. Olivier Dupard (Larbre Ferrari 550 Maranello) and Jean-Luc Blanchemain (Larbre Viper) gained some places. As the drivers prepared to pit for the driver change, the rain came down again.

Eric Cayrolle (Mirabeau Viper #6) inherited the lead ahead Lasserre (Mirabeau Viper#4) Thévenin (VBM Viper), Dumez (Larbre Viper), Goueslard (Larbre Ferrari), Bera (PSI Porsche) and Beltoise (Lease Plan Autovitesse Viper). At first, Olivier Thévenin attacked the Mirabeau drivers. He passed Cayrolle and ‘escaped’: meanwhile Dumez came back just behind the red Vipers. Turn by turn, Lasserre then Cayrolle were passed by Dumez, who was very quick, and who fought right onto Thévenin’s tail. He passed on the 20th lap after a strong fight but he couldn’t take advantage, braking late at the Adelaide Hairpin and hitting Porta’s Porsche, breaking his front left rim. He had to pit and started back in seventh place. Thévenin believed he could have won, but it was without taking into account an extraordinary performance Anthony Beltoise.

After a tough race, which had started on the wrong choice of tyres, then delayed by a spin, Beltoise was charging in the late stages. On the same lap he passed Cayrolle and Lasserre, Cayrolle (having to pit too, to change a damaged rim), before charging after Thévenin. On the last lap, Beltoise took the lead, claiming his second win in the season, ahead of Bornhauser / Thévenin and Bera / Vannelet, who were on the podium for the first time in 2004, thanks to Romain Bera’s fantastic stint. Finishing second, Patrick Bornhauser reclaimed the leadership in the championship standings, six points ahead of
Besson / Hallyday. Everything to play for in th last race of the season..

In the N-GT Trophy, Eric Mouez and Cyril Prunet (DDO Porsche) claimed their first 2004 win, after a stong fight with the Demigneux brothers (Riverside Lamborghini). Michel Demigneux’s spin gave the first place to Prunet, who had been quick and steady.

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Anthony Beltoise (above left, with his partner): “We had kept our slicks at the start, so we had to call back Stéphane to the pits in a hurry to change his tyres. Then he made a good stint, the safety car was a great help for us and I took over quickly. I know this circuit very well and I had great fun.”

Prost / Lasserre (below) were later excluded.

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Claude Foubert, with thanks to Fred Espinos, Apollo

Result
1 11 Lease Plan Autovitesse LACROIX WASOVER Stéphane BELTOISE Anthony Chrysler Viper GTS--R 1 GT 27 1:00:56.946 117.242 1:59.501 12 132.882
2 8 V B M BORNHAUSER Patrick THEVENIN Olivier Chrysler Viper GTS-R 2 GT 27 1:01:01.583 4.637 117.093 2:02.351 26 129.787
3 16 PSI Motorsport VANNELET Gilles BERA Romain Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo 3 GT 27 1:01:13.189 16.243 116.723 2:01.490 23 130.707
4 6 MTO Mirabeau Compétition PROST Nicolas LASSERRE Lucas Chrysler Viper GTS-R 4 GT 27 1:01:18.619 21.673 116.551 2:04.462 25 127.585
5 1 Larbre Compétition DUPARD Olivier GOUESLARD Patrice Ferrari 550 Maranello 5 GT 27 1:01:35.042 38.096 116.033 2:02.475 26 129.655
6 2 Larbre Compétition BLANCHEMAIN Jean Luc DUMEZ Sébastien Chrysler Viper GTS-R 6 GT 27 1:02:04.372 1:07.426 115.119 2:01.028 12 131.206
7 20 D S M DEGLISE Jean Louis DAVID William Chrysler Viper GTS -R 7 GT 27 1:02:50.961 1:54.015 113.697 2:03.797 13 128.271
8 34 D D O MOUEZ Eric PRUNET Cyril Porsche 911 GT3 RS 1 NGT 27 1:02:55.533 1:58.587 113.559 2:05.023 13 127.013
9 36 Riverside DEMIGNEUX Michel DEMIGNEUX Christian Lamborghini Diablo GTRS 2 NGT 27 1:03:02.047 2:05.101 113.364 2:07.833 21 124.221
10 12 Red Racing LESOUDIER Gaël IANNETTA Romain Chrysler Viper GTS-R 8 GT 27 1:03:04.608 2:07.662 113.287 2:05.820 12 126.208
11 3 MTO Mirabeau Compétition MOUREU Didier CAYROLLE Eric Chrysler Viper GTS-R 9 GT 27 1:03:04.651 2:07.705 113.286 2:05.453 16 126.578
12 32 Nourry Compétition RABINEAU Thierry MOULLIN TRAFFORT Morgan Porsche 911 GT3 RS 3 NGT 26 1:01:45.258 1 Trs 111.428 2:04.110 26 127.947
13 68 First Racing TUCHBANT David GIROIX Fabien Porsche 996 Cup 1 C1 26 1:02:20.288 1 Trs 110.384 2:09.352 26 122.762
14 84 Lease Plan Autovitesse GUITTARD Johnny REY André Lamborghini GTR 1 C2 26 1:02:41.899 1 Trs 109.750 2:07.799 19 124.254
15 33 Pelsi Racing SIGNORET Jean Pierre TIMOTHEE Ghislain Toyota Bi-Turbo 4 NGT 26 1:02:54.735 1 Trs 109.377 2:09.050 18 123.049
16 15 Nourry Compétition GUIOD Thierry HELIAS Cyril Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo 10 GT 26 1:02:58.972 1 Trs 109.254 2:07.762 11 124.290
17 80 Riverside CHARRIOL Philippe LOGER David Lamborghini Diablo GTR 2 C2 26 1:02:59.397 1 Trs 109.242 2:05.841 22 126.187
18 17 P S I Motosport PRETTE Philippe MAXIMIN Olivier Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo 11 GT 25 1:01:02.191 2 Trs 108.402 2:06.273 21 125.756
19 76 IMSA - Challenge 86 DAVID Yannick NARAC Raymond Porsche 996 Cup 2 C1 25 1:01:19.825 2 Trs 107.882 2:16.466 10 116.363
20 37 Riverside BERTAPELLE Patricia BENTIVOGLIO Christophe Lamborghini Diablo GTRS 5 NGT 25 1:01:22.727 2 Trs 107.797 2:10.817 17 121.387
21 67 S P I D PEYROLES Arnaud RUMPLER Erick Porsche 996 Cup 3 C1 25 1:02:05.255 2 Trs 106.567 2:11.381 24 120.866
22 75 Cap Maitrise GALLARDO Eric PIGUET Julien Porsche 996 Cup 4 C1 25 1:02:06.380 2 Trs 106.535 2:15.311 24 117.356
23 64 CD Sport DEDOURS Frédéric MAKOWIECKI Frédéric Porsche 996 Cup 5 C1 25 1:02:07.387 2 Trs 106.506 2:10.247 24 121.919
24 78 IMSA - Twin Com MICHEL Jean Pierre BACHELIER Jean Marc Porsche 996 Cup 6 C1 25 1:02:44.375 2 Trs 105.459 2:19.108 23 114.153
25 14 Red Racing BUCHOUX Nicolas MIGNE Cyrille Porsche 911 GT2 12 GT 25 1:02:45.113 2 Trs 105.439 2:15.343 17 117.328
26 21 Wieth Racing STEPEC Thierry BALANDRAS Richard Ferrari 550 Maranello 13 GT 25 1:02:45.210 2 Trs 105.436 2:11.943 21 120.351
27 77 IMSA - VCA LELIEVRE Frédéric POLETTE Philippe Porsche 996 Cup 7 C1 25 1:02:53.817 2 Trs 105.195 2:19.492 22 113.838
28 82 Lease Plan Autovitesse SOMMEREAU Didier PAPPOLLA Jean Michel Lamborghini Diablo GTR 1 C3 25 1:03:00.375 2 Trs 105.013 2:10.934 20 121.279
29 18 Tillie Compétition TILLIE Philippe CABANNES Georges Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo 14 GT 25 1:03:04.175 2 Trs 104.907 2:11.984 20 120.314
30 66 G C R LAURIN Jérome CLAIRAY Guy Porsche 996 Cup 8 C1 24 1:01:33.738 3 Trs 103.177 2:15.258 24 117.402
31 65 Centre Porsche Lorient ANCEL Frédéric GOUBET Philippe Porsche 996 Cup 9 C1 24 1:03:17.097 3 Trs 100.368 2:17.771 9 115.260
32 61 Ruffier Racing RUFFIER Jean Claude MANTEZ Nicolas Porsche 996 Cup 10 C1 23 1:01:15.958 4 Trs 99.356 2:18.038 19 115.037
33 86 First Racing LEVY Jean Charles PAUL Frédéric Porsche 996 Cup 11 C1 23 1:01:32.051 4 Trs 98.923 2:23.360 2 110.767
34 85 Alméras Frères MARTINET Pierre SOURD Marc Porsche 996 Cup 12 C1 23 1:02:20.037 4 Trs 97.654 2:16.166 23 116.619
35 73 Pilotage Passion DE CARVALHO Emmanuel HUGUERRE Marc Porsche 996 Cup 13 C1 23 1:02:44.655 4 Trs 97.015 2:18.298 22 114.821
36 71 Team Lagon " GUF " MARTINEZ Loïc Porsche 996 Cup 14 C1 23 1:02:48.155 4 Trs 96.925 2:13.667 21 118.799
37 31 Ruffier Racing BAUDOIN Michel MOREAU Yann Porsche 911 GT3 RS 6 NGT 23 1:02:58.813 4 Trs 96.652 2:24.285 21 110.057
38 62 Ruffier Racing VIOLETTE Arnaud OUDIN Jean Paul Porsche 996 Cup 15 C1 23 1:03:14.323 4 Trs 96.257 2:18.899 19 114.324
39 79 Ruffier Racing LEPREUX Christian CATTANEO Marc Porsche 996 Cup 16 C1 22 1:01:42.931 5 Trs 94.344 2:29.728 9 106.056
40 70 Pilotage Passion NOZIERE Philippe BROUARD Rémy Porsche 996 Cup 17 C1 22 1:03:03.840 5 Trs 92.327 2:28.056 16 107.254
41 30 Tarrès Team HAUCHARD Frédéric PORTA Olivier Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo 15 GT 19 49:04.736 8 Trs 102.458 2:03.909 17 128.155
42 7 D D O FIAT François DUPUY Dominique Saleen 16 GT 19 1:02:25.964 8 Trs 80.543 2:04.097 19 127.961
43 5 MTO Mirabeau Compétition HERNANDEZ Bruno ZANGARELLI Mathieu Chrysler Viper GTS-R 17 GT 10 24:47.428 17 Trs 106.758 2:12.223 9 120.097
44 10 Force One HALLYDAY David BESSON Bruno Chrysler Viper GTS-R 18 GT 4 12:13.246 23 Trs 86.626 2:12.439 3 119.901
45 4 MTO Mirabeau Compétition BLEYNIE Gérard LAGNIEZ Jean Claude Chrysler Viper GTS-R 19 GT 2 5:18.940 25 Trs 99.577 2:55.095 2 90.691
46 63 Nourry Compétition BOUKOBZA Florian MENARD Julien Porsche 996 Cup 18 C1 2 6:40.908 25 Trs 79.218 2:22.833 2 111.175
47 83 Lease Plan Autovitesse COMAR Nicolas MHITARIAN Michel Lamborghini Daiblo GTR 3 C2 1 6:31.003 26 Trs 40.612

 

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