FFSA GT – Magny-Cours – Race 2
Qualifying

The track was drying gradually for the second session, but the drivers chose to keep tyres and setup for the wet. Bruno Besson (Force One Viper) and Dominique Dupuy
(DDO Saleen) were the quickest two out there, with Romain Bera (PSI Porsche) and Anthony Beltoise (Lease Plan Autovitesse Viper) next up.

At half-way, Besson and Dupuy were ahead of Bera, Zangarelli (Mirabeau Viper), Dumez (Larbre Viper) and Beltoise. The late stages were lively: Bruno Besson improved lap after lap and Romain Bera was now second quickest – but some drivers were given a penalty by the race director because they hadn’t respected the white line, Bera one of them, dropping him to ninth. Bruno Besson hung onto his pole position, Dominique Dupuy was second and William David (DSM Viper) third.

In the N-GT Trophy, Morgan Moullin-Traffort, Cyril Prunet, Christian Demigneux and Christophe Bentivoglio were very close. Until the chequered flag, the positions were uncertain. Eventually Moullin-Traffort claimed the pole.

Race 2
A Saleen Win, But The Title For Bornhauser And VBM.

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The last race of the season was going to be dry. Bruno Besson (Force One Viper) took advantage of his pole position to turn into the first corner ahead of Dominique Dupuy (DDO Saleen), William David (DSM Viper) and Lucas Lasserre (Mirabeau Viper#4). Dominique Dupuy was visibly the quickest, and didn’t take long passing Besson who didn’t resist unduly.

The leaders began lapping the slower drivers, and Dominique Dupuy pulled out a five second gap, but behind him, the battle between Besson, David and Beltoise was a good one. This fight benefited Dominique Dupuy whose lead was increasing all the time. Besson closed the door, while Beltoise (Lease Plan Autovitesse Viper) and David exchanged positions at the Adelaide chicane. Just before the driver changes, Dupuy was leading by seconds, while Patrice Goueslard, who had started in fifteenth place in the Larbre 550, was now fifth. Olivier Thévenin (VBM Viper), who was in ninth place, pitted first, followed soon after by Besson, David and Beltoise.

François Fiat (DDO Saleen) inherited the lead with a large gap over Jean-Louis Deglise (DSM Viper), Stéphane Lacroix-Wasover (Lease Plan Autovitesse Viper) and David Hallyday.(Force One Viper) In spite of the tough fight between Deglise and Lacroix-Wasover, Hallyday was not moving up as fast as he would have expected, unlike Patrick Bornhauser, who passed Blanchemain (Larbre Viper).

The last ten minutes were going to be lively and decisive for the Championship title. In fifth place, just behind Hallyday, Patrick Bornhauser was a virtual champion, and the ball was in Hallyday’s court. The Force One driver had to move up into third place to reverse the situation. A contact between Déglise, who was in trouble with his clutch, and Lacroix-Wasover, who took second, increased Force One’s hopes. Unfortunately, within five minutes of the end of the 2004 season, David Hallyday entered the pits, let down by his engine. The last dramatic turn of events happened in the last few metres, when Lacroix-Wasover, who was second, stopped his Viper, out of petrol. Dupuy / Fiat took their second win ahead of Deglise / David, and, finishing in third position, Patrick Bornhauser claimed the first title in his career, winning the FFSA GT Championship.

dailysportscar.comOn the last lap, Christian Demigneux (Riverside Lamborghini) passed Thierry Rabineau (Nourry Compétition Porsche) in the N-GT Trophy. However, Morgan Moullin-Traffort was the class of the first half of the race, even if Cyril Prunet (Tarrès Porsche) was leading before he had an off. If they were not winners, Rabineau and Moullin-Traffort could be pleased with their title in the N-GT Trophy.

Patrick Bornhauser (right): “It is the first title in my career. The early stages were not easy because Olivier (Thévenin) was in trouble with the brakes. However, I could weigh up the car at once and I pushed hard to come back on Hallyday, for I believed he would be moving up quickly. So, I wanted to come back on his tail to put the pressure on him. We are a small team and so t is a true feat for us in the face of biggerams. The whole team has done a great job. Technically we have been perfect. We have retired only due to minor mistakes or to some punctures. This a team win. My only regret is that Olivier could not be champion too, but he is morally FFSA GT champion as well. Next year, if the rules do not change too much, we will try again to win together.”

Result
1 7 D D O FIAT François DUPUY Dominique Saleen 1 GT 34 1:00:45.288 148.110 1:41.753 3 156.060
2 20 D S M DEGLISE Jean Louis DAVID William Chrysler Viper GTS -R 2 GT 34 1:01:08.119 22.831 147.188 1:41.951 5 155.757
3 8 V B M BORNHAUSER Patrick THEVENIN Olivier Chrysler Viper GTS-R 3 GT 34 1:01:10.094 24.806 147.109 1:43.919 5 152.807
4 1 Larbre Compétition DUPARD Olivier GOUESLARD Patrice Ferrari 550 Maranello 4 GT 34 1:01:17.911 32.623 146.797 1:43.131 9 153.975
5 16 PSI Motorsport VANNELET Gilles BERA Romain Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo 5 GT 34 1:01:32.460 47.172 146.218 1:43.540 3 153.366
6 2 Larbre Compétition BLANCHEMAIN Jean Luc DUMEZ Sébastien Chrysler Viper GTS-R 6 GT 34 1:01:39.468 54.180 145.941 1:42.161 3 155.437
7 5 MTO Mirabeau Compétition HERNANDEZ Bruno ZANGARELLI Mathieu Chrysler Viper GTS-R 7 GT 34 1:01:41.463 56.175 145.862 1:42.470 3 154.968
8 30 Tarrès Team HAUCHARD Frédéric PORTA Olivier Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo 8 GT 34 1:02:06.384 1:21.096 144.887 1:44.618 7 151.786
9 11 Lease Plan Autovitesse LACROIX WASOVER Stéphane BELTOISE Anthony Chrysler Viper GTS--R 9 GT 33 59:17.005 1 Trs 147.322 1:42.178 5 155.411
10 12 Red Racing LESOUDIER Gaël IANNETTA Romain Chrysler Viper GTS-R 10 GT 33 1:00:39.087 1 Trs 143.999 1:44.662 3 151.722
11 21 Wieth Racing STEPEC Thierry BALANDRAS Richard Ferrari 550 Maranello 11 GT 33 1:01:44.287 1 Trs 141.464 1:45.900 7 149.949
12 80 Riverside CHARRIOL Philippe LOGER David Lamborghini Diablo GTR 1 C2 32 1:00:54.448 2 Trs 139.048 1:47.874 10 147.205
13 36 Riverside DEMIGNEUX Michel DEMIGNEUX Christian Lamborghini Diablo GTRS 1 NGT 32 1:00:57.116 2 Trs 138.947 1:48.301 3 146.624
14 32 Nourry Compétition RABINEAU Thierry MOULLIN TRAFFORT Morgan Porsche 911 GT3 RS 2 NGT 32 1:00:57.632 2 Trs 138.927 1:47.744 2 147.382
15 76 IMSA - Challenge 86 DAVID Yannick NARAC Raymond Porsche 996 Cup 1 C1 32 1:01:21.344 2 Trs 138.033 1:50.295 2 143.973
16 67 S P I D PEYROLES Arnaud RUMPLER Erick Porsche 996 Cup 2 C1 32 1:01:23.483 2 Trs 137.952 1:51.002 2 143.056
17 64 CD Sport DEDOURS Frédéric MAKOWIECKI Frédéric Porsche 996 Cup 3 C1 32 1:01:29.144 2 Trs 137.741 1:49.215 5 145.397
18 34 D D O MOUEZ Eric PRUNET Cyril Porsche 911 GT3 RS 3 NGT 32 1:02:03.404 2 Trs 136.473 1:47.584 2 147.601
19 68 First Racing TUCHBANT David GIROIX Fabien Porsche 996 Cup 4 C1 32 1:02:27.112 2 Trs 135.610 1:49.849 3 144.558
20 78 IMSA - Twin Com MICHEL Jean Pierre BACHELIER Jean Marc Porsche 996 Cup 5 C1 32 1:02:38.934 2 Trs 135.183 1:50.796 5 143.322
21 82 Lease Plan Autovitesse SOMMEREAU Didier PAPPOLLA Jean Michel Lamborghini Diablo GTR 1 C3 32 1:02:39.731 2 Trs 135.155 1:51.375 8 142.577
22 84 Lease Plan Autovitesse GUITTARD Johnny REY André Lamborghini GTR 2 C2 32 1:05:17.510 2 Trs 129.711 1:49.438 5 145.101
23 10 Force One HALLYDAY David BESSON Bruno Chrysler Viper GTS-R 12 GT 31 56:18.592 3 Trs 145.701 1:41.905 4 155.827
24 4 MTO Mirabeau Compétition BLEYNIE Gérard LAGNIEZ Jean Claude Chrysler Viper GTS-R 13 GT 31 57:33.426 3 Trs 142.544 1:44.425 4 152.067
25 66 G C R LAURIN Jérome CLAIRAY Guy Porsche 996 Cup 6 C1 31 1:01:20.157 3 Trs 133.762 1:51.790 9 142.048
26 61 Ruffier Racing RUFFIER Jean Claude MANTEZ Nicolas Porsche 996 Cup 7 C1 31 1:02:26.506 3 Trs 131.393 1:53.862 7 139.463
27 70 Pilotage Passion NOZIERE Philippe BROUARD Rémy Porsche 996 Cup 8 C1 31 1:02:39.439 3 Trs 130.941 1:53.450 14 139.970
28 75 Cap Maitrise GALLARDO Eric PIGUET Julien Porsche 996 Cup 9 C1 31 1:02:45.061 3 Trs 130.746 1:52.820 6 140.751
29 79 Ruffier Racing LEPREUX Christian CATTANEO Marc Porsche 996 Cup 10 C1 30 1:01:00.873 4 Trs 130.129 1:56.057 26 136.825
30 73 Pilotage Passion DE CARVALHO Emmanuel HUGUERRE Marc Porsche 996 Cup 11 C1 30 1:01:05.723 4 Trs 129.957 1:52.868 5 140.691
31 31 Ruffier Racing BAUDOIN Michel MOREAU Yann Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4 NGT 30 1:01:47.964 4 Trs 128.476 1:55.579 29 137.391
32 33 Pelsi Racing SIGNORET Jean Pierre TIMOTHEE Ghislain Toyota Bi-Turbo 5 NGT 30 1:01:59.061 4 Trs 128.093 1:47.031 3 148.364
33 6 MTO Mirabeau Compétition PROST Nicolas LASSERRE Lucas Chrysler Viper GTS-R 14 GT 28 51:08.865 6 Trs 144.883 1:44.323 10 152.215
34 86 First Racing LEVY Jean Charles PAUL Frédéric Porsche 996 Cup 12 C1 28 1:02:27.364 6 Trs 118.651 1:52.444 26 141.222
35 77 IMSA - VCA LELIEVRE Frédéric POLETTE Philippe Porsche 996 Cup 13 C1 22 44:20.285 12 Trs 131.320 1:52.700 2 140.901
36 3 MTO Mirabeau Compétition MOUREU Didier CAYROLLE Eric Chrysler Viper GTS-R 15 GT 20 39:59.537 14 Trs 132.355 1:44.433 5 152.055
37 62 Ruffier Racing VIOLETTE Arnaud OUDIN Jean Paul Porsche 996 Cup 14 C1 20 43:39.888 14 Trs 121.223 1:53.146 5 140.346
38 71 Team Lagon " GUF " MARTINEZ Loïc Porsche 996 Cup 15 C1 15 29:09.984 19 Trs 136.112 1:52.874 2 140.684
39 85 Alméras Frères MARTINET Pierre SOURD Marc Porsche 996 Cup 16 C1 15 38:03.552 19 Trs 104.308 1:53.978 2 139.321
40 15 Nourry Compétition GUIOD Thierry HELIAS Cyril Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo 16 GT 13 25:30.950 21 Trs 134.840 1:47.729 2 147.403
41 65 Centre Porsche Lorient ANCEL Frédéric GOUBET Philippe Porsche 996 Cup 17 C1 9 24:58.129 25 Trs 95.396 1:53.063 2 140.449
42 17 P S I Motosport PRETTE Philippe MAXIMIN Olivier Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo 17 GT 7 12:37.915 27 Trs 146.661 1:43.793 4 152.992
43 37 Riverside BERTAPELLE Patricia BENTIVOGLIO Christophe Lamborghini Diablo GTRS 6 NGT 7 12:59.768 27 Trs 142.551 1:49.116 7 145.529
44 14 Red Racing BUCHOUX Nicolas MIGNE Cyrille Porsche 911 GT2 18 GT 4 7:24.514 30 Trs 142.894 1:47.461 3 147.770
45 18 Tillie Compétition TILLIE Philippe CABANNES Georges Porsche

Final Championship Standings
1 Bornhauser 314 – Champion

2 Besson / Hallyday 284
4 Thévenin 276
5 Dumez / Blanchemain 264
7 Beltoise / Lacroix Wasover 204
9 Dupuy / Fiat 202
11Cayrolle / Moureu (Mirabeau Viper)159
13David 154
14 Déglise 121
15 Moulin Traffort / Rabineau (1st N-GT) 104,5

Claude Foubert, with thanks to Fred Espinos, Apollo Media

 

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