FFSA Coupe de France des Circuits
"Coupe de France des Circuits” is the most ‘amateur’ of the three series (FFSA GT and Van de Vyver are the other two) raced on asphalt tracks and organized by the French Federation (FFSA) – writes Pascal Thébault.

You’re able to come and race with everything and almost anything that has a valid technical passport, so the category mixes old Group 6, CNs, GTs and Group F cars.

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After scrutineering, test periods are provided on Saturdays without any sort of timing. Sunday begins with the first of the two qualifying races usually over six laps. The starting order is known by drawing lots, with the order reversed for the second race: the better you are, the higher you’ll be for the third, final grid (nine laps). No prize, no money: just fun.

Last October, Le Vigeant circuit welcomed a round - and some interesting machinery.

André Heinrich (Le Mans ’87, Chevron B36 ROC) swapped his current ALH-BMW M12 for a green ‘905 Coupe’ (Martini chassis?), the sort of car that Christophe Bouchut and Eric Hélary raced so well with, the real thing securing victory at Le Mans, with Geoff Brabham, in 1993.

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Around the paddock, a motorbike-engined yellow EMA looked like a Nissan Group C (or maybe a DP?) in miniature.

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Franck Morel’s 3 liter Porsche reigned as usual over Group F: it was good to find again the ubiquitous colour scheme used by the Kremer, Meznarie or Buchet teams in Seventies.

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Real beginners were the engineering students who discovered a forgotten project at university and decided the best place for the ‘beetle’ was the track, not covered in dust.

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But legends of the meeting were present too - Bernard Degout and his TOJ SC 206-BMW. Thanks to the chassis number (and very original tubes), we noticed that this is the car (below) seen at Le Mans ’79, with Hubert Striebig, Alain Cudini and Hughes Kirschoffer.

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It was the very last race for Bernard with this car (it is for sale: write to Pascal Thébault and he’ll pass on a message). Serious contenders like Pellefigue and his Norma M20 (winners at Nogaro in Van de Vyver - below) were also present, Degout using it harder and faster than usual for the victory.

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2005 Calendar
February 27: Nogaro
March 13: Albi
April 3: Dijon
May 8: Croix en Ternois
June 12: Lédenon
September 4: Croix En Ternois
October 2: Le Vigeant
October 31: Alès
November 6: Magny-Cours

 

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