FFSA GT – Ledenon Race 1 Report – April 29
Finnish First

Qualifying For Race 1
David Hallyday ( #24 PSI C5-R) was quickest initially, while Bruno Hernandez (#9 ANAVEO Oreca Saleen S7R) was having a spin, without incurring any damage. The drivers were warming up their tyres for several laps, before the first significant lap times. Jean-Claude Lagniez (#12 Mirabeau Viper) was first to improve, then Hallyday, Lebon (#27 SRT C5-R), Lesoudier (#29 Red Racing Lister Storm), Soave (#26 SRT C5-R) and Fiat (#3 Protek Saleen S7R), improved too.

Bruno Hernandez moved up to second position, then took pole on his last flying lap – with Hallyday second quickest, from the impressive Kuismanen (#25 PSI C6.R), Lebon, Soave, Fiat, Peyroles (#5 First Racing Viper) and Bornhauser (#1 VBM Viper).

In the GT2 Trophy, Narac (#36 IMSA PORSCHE 996 RSR) was dominating, again, and ended his session after just ten minutes. He was quickest, ahead of Claude Monteiro (#37 Estoril Racing Porsche 996 RSR) and Mouez (#38 Protek Porsche 911 GT3 RS).

Race 1
Bruno Hernandez was the best starter, ahead of Hallyday, Soave and Bornhauser, who made a really good start from the fourth row. Hallyday was pressuring Hernandez in the Saleen, and on the third lap he succeeded in taking the lead of the race. Three pairings were fighting hard – Hallyday and Hernandez for first place, Soave and Kuismanen for third position, and Bornhauser and Lebon for fifth. Their pursuers were led by Balthazar’s Larbre Ferrari 550 Maranello which was ahead of Fiat, Peyroles and Blanchemain (#11 Euroflash Autovitesse Viper). Hallyday widened the gap on Hernandez; while Kuismanen passed Soave, then Hernandez for second place, so the two PSI Experience Corvettes were in the top two positions. After fifteen minutes, most of the cars pitted for the driver changes. However PSI chose a different strategy, Kuisman and Hallyday pitting a little later on.

Philippe Alliot actually took over later than most because the radio in his new helmet didn’t work, so he stayed on the track a lap more than scheduled.

After the driver changes, Alliot (#24 PSI C5-R) was in the lead but very soon Palttala (#25 PSI C6.R) and Ayari (#9 ANAVEO Oreca Saleen S7R) caught up with him. Palttala (along the finish straight), then Ayari (in the Point Corner) passed him. Bouchut (#27 SRT C5-R) was fourth. Dumez (#11 Euroflash Autovitesse Viper) was outstanding, moving up from tenth to sixth place. Palttala was not concerned by Ayari’s speed and widened the gap in the later stages. The Finnish pairing ended up comfortable winners, by three seconds, ahead of Ayari / Hernandez and Alliot / Hallyday. Bouchut / Lebon and Policand / Balthazard (fifth) also scored good points.

In the GT2 Trophy, Narac / Lecourt led the race from start to finish, ahead of the Monteiro brothers and Prunet / Mouez

Pertti Kuismanen: “Yesterday, I was sick, I could only run ten laps on a circuit which I didn’t know. It is not an easy track, with many blind corners. I didn’t have a good feeling before today. During the race the car was perfect. I have been a winner sometimes in Finland, but in such a Championship, it is rather special, and I must say that I have a very good partner.”

Markus Palttala:“Before the beginning of the weekend , we already knew that we would be able to fight for the win. But yesterday we were not convinced that we could have a chance to defeat the Team Oreca Saleen which has been very quick since the start of the season. Pertti made a very good stint, then I took over in second place. During the first laps, I was too cautious, so Ayari could come back, but afterwards I set a good pace. We cught Alliot and passed him neatly. I didn’t have any pressure, I managed the race, and I could even widen a gap in the late stages. It is great to have this win early in the season. The only thing I am thinking about right now is the 80 kgs ballast for the race tomorrow.”

Soheil Ayari: “With our 80 kgs ballast, there were not many possibilities to pass them. I tried once to overtake Palttala when braking at the Bridge Corner, but he cleverly closed the door. Anyway if I had passed him, it would not have changed because he would have been able to pass me again. It was an impossible mission due to the ballast and the wear of the tyres.”
Claude Foubert

With thanks to Frédéric Espinos and Olivier Loisy

1 PALTTALA M / KUISMANEN P PSI Expérience Chevrolet Corvette C6-R GT1 1h00:46.913 1:18.439 / lap 36
2 AYARI S / HERNANDEZ B Oreca Saleen S7-R GT1 1h00:49.613 1:19.124 / 29
3 ALLIOT P / HALLYDAY D PSI Expérience Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GT1 1h00:49.932 1:20.003 / 44
4 LEBON Y / BOUCHUT C S R T Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GT1 1h01:09.578 1:19.562 / 25
5 POLICAND J / BALTHAZARD G Larbre - SOFREV Ferrari 550 Maranello GT1 1h01:14.146 1:19.837 / 28
6 BLANCHEMAIN J L / DUMEZ S Euroflash Autovitesse Chrysler Viper GTS--R GT1 1h01:22.198 1:19.491 / 32
7 SOAVE T / CAYROLLE E S R T Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GT1 1h01:22.560 1:20.220 / 41
8 BORNHAUSER P / THEVENIN O V B M Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h01:30.539 1:20.446 / 34
9 DUPUY D / FIAT F Protek Saleen S7-R GT1 1h01:40.609 1:20.422 / 26
10 DEBARD E / LASSERRE L Tarrès Team Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h02:10.880 1:21.236 / 34
11 GIROIX F / TUCHBANT D First Racing Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h01:28.138 1:21.743 / 38
12 HAUCHARD F / PORTA O Tarrès Team Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo GT1 1h01:49.012 1:22.722 / 32
13 BRANDELA R / STEPEC T Création Autosportif Lister Storm GT1 1h01:12.159 1:21.874 / 35
14 NARAC R / LECOURT M IMSA Performance - MATMUT Porsche 996 RSR GT2 1h02:14.917 1:23.807 / 5
15 MILOE J / MILOE J L Red Racing Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h01:09.882 1:23.982 / 3
16 MONTEIRO C / MONTEIRO M Estoril Racing Porsche 996 RSR GT2 1h01:22.337 1:26.302 / 10
17 COLAS F / LOGER D Pilotage Passion Porsche 996 Cup C1 1h01:43.088 1:26.466 / 33
18 CORMERECHE D / MERMET P Tarrès Team Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h00:48.218 1:25.019 / 3
19 RODRIGUES M / RODRIGUES J Hexis Racing Porsche 996 Cup C1 1h00:53.964 1:27.440 / 4
20 MOUEZ E / PRUNET C Protek Porsche 911 GT3 RS GT2 1h01:22.093 1:25.882 / 36
21 LELIEVRE F / POLETTE P IMSA Porsche 996 Cup C1 1h01:22.172 1:28.273 / 27
22 DEPRESLE F / MELAN MOUTET M C P A Porsche 996 Cup C1 1h02:05.801 1:28.160 / 24
23 DUBREUIL B / RABINEAU T CD Sport Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h01:48.016 1:22.439 / 7
24 WOZNIAK D / LEPREUX C First Racing Porsche 996 Cup C1 1h01:46.111 1:32.160 / 18
25 BESSON B / PEYROLES A First Racing Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 49:36.616 1:21.156 / 35
26 CAZENAVE L / POLICE J C CD Sport Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 36:16.157 1:21.685 / 25
27 MAKOWIECKI F / LESOUDIER G MTO Mirabeau Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 28:24.506 1:21.982 / 3
28 LAGNIEZ J C / ZANGARELLI M Ciné Cascade Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 15:45.294 1:22.956 / 5


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