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.
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.
October, Le Vigeant circuit welcomed a round - and some interesting
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.
the paddock, a motorbike-engined yellow EMA looked like a Nissan
Group C (or maybe a DP?) in miniature.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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