FFSA GT – Ledenon Race 2 Report – April 30
PSI Again (No, It is Sprint Racing, David)

Qualifying
At the green flag, Eric Cayrolle (#26 SRT C5-R) went straight on, into the gravel trap. Alliot (#24 PSI C5-R), Dupuy (#3Protek Saleen S7R), Palttala (#25 PSI C6.R) and Giroix (#4 First Racing Viper) were quickest. Alliot improved, but at mid-session, Palttala was quickest ahead of Dumez (#11 Viper), Alliot and Bouchut (#27 SRT C5-R).

Then Bouchut and Ayari improved on each lap. Ayari set the pole in 1’17’’817 but the session was red flagged owing to Romain Brandela goig off in the Creation Lister. When the session went green again, there were only five minutes to go. Policand in the 550 moved up to third position and then claimed the pole position thanks to a perfect lap. Alliot moved up to second place while Ayari who had stayed in the pits, was third.

In the GT2 Trophy, Prunet (Protek Porsche 911 GT3 RS) was fighting with Michel Monteiro (Estoril Racing Porsche 996 RSR). In the early stages Prunet was quickest though he had been trapped in the gravel once, but by the end of the session succeeding in claiming the pole position.

Jérôme Policand: “At the red flag I pitted to be first at the exit of the pitlane. I stared quickly to warm up my tyres. I took advantage of three clear laps to perform quite well, I was pushing really hard. I claimed the pole even though it is not our favourite track. Here and at Val de Vienne we do know that our car is not at its best. I don’t believe that we will be winners but we’ll try to score some big points.

Race 2
The first laps were eventful, with many passing moves. Policand was the best starter and Bouchut passed Ayari. Bouchut, at the wheel of the #27 SRT Corvette C5-R, then took the lead, passing simultaneously Alliot and Policand, who had been surprised by some oil on the track. Bouchut widened a gap over Policand, Ayari, Alliot and Dupuy. Besson (#5 First Racing Viper) and Dumez (#11 Viper) were a bit further back.

Little by little, Policand set a stronger pace, followed by Alliot and Ayari, while Dupuy was still in contention in Fiat’s Saleen. The four leaders ran neck and neck until the driver changes. Alliot pitted first, one lap before his rivals. After the driver changes, Hernandez (#9 Oreca Saleen) was surprisingly leading the field. It wasn’t for long, because he had a drive through penalty owing to excessive speed in the pitlane.

Hallyday (#24 PSI C5-R) passed Lebon (#27 SRT C5-R) and escaped, setting a fast and consistent pace. The fight for second place was rife between Lebon, Balthazard (#2 Larbre Ferrari 550 Maranello) and Hernandez who tried to pass Balthazard but made a mistake, falling back in fifth place. In the late stages, within three minutes of the end, Balthazard overtook Lebon. Hallyday and Alliot were easy winners ahead of Policand / Balthazard and Bouchut / Lebon, with the better-placed Saleen fourth - and the best-placed Viper fifth. The Vipers filled out every place from tenth to eighteenth, with the exception of the Lister.

In the GT2 Trophy, the Monteiro brothers’ Porsche 996 RSR wasn’t threatened and was first ahead the 911 GT3 RS driven by Mouez and Prunet.

Philippe Alliot: “At the start, the track was dirty, Bouchut took advantage, while I dropped from second to fourth place. I cooled my ardours and I succeeded in passing Ayari who didn’t seem at ease with his car. Then I kept up with the leaders quietly, thinking about saving my tyres. Then it seems that we had a good fight for the audience, I was waiting for Bouchut or Policand’s mistake, but they did not make any, which could be expected with such drivers.”

David Hallyday: “The first stint was important, Philippe could stay close to the leader and he gave me a great car. We are speaking about endurance racing, but today, the pace was the same as in a sprint race. The whole PSI Experience did a great job, they must be congratulated. The FFSA GT Championship is very competitive and very long. We have to be consistent, to score big points in each race, so we’ll see what happens.”
Claude Foubert

With thanks to Frédéric Espinos and Olivier Loisy

Result
1 ALLIOT P / HALLYDAY D PSI Expérience Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GT1 1h00:35.306 1:19.463 / lap 6

2 POLICAND J / BALTHAZARD G Larbre - SOFREV Ferrari 550 Maranello GT1 1h01:08.814 33.508 1:19.433 / 16
3 LEBON Y / BOUCHUT C S R T Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GT1 1h01:09.579 34.273 1:19.114 / 3
4 AYARI S / HERNANDEZ B Oreca Saleen S7-R GT1 1h01:19.587 44.281 1:19.292 / 10
5 BLANCHEMAIN J L / DUMEZ S Euroflash Autovitesse Chrysler Viper GTS--R GT1 1h01:26.106 50.800 1:19.929 / 6
6 BESSON B / PEYROLES A First Racing Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h01:31.700 56.394 1:19.824 / 6
7 DUPUY D / FIAT F Protek Saleen S7-R GT1 1h01:32.781 57.475 1:19.520 / 5
8 PALTTALA M / KUISMANEN P PSI Expérience Chevrolet Corvette C6-R GT1 1h01:39.528 1:04.222 1:18.931 / 7
9 SOAVE T / CAYROLLE E S R T Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GT1 1h01:41.632 1:06.326 1:20.005 / 6
10 BORNHAUSER P / THEVENIN O V B M Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h01:50.484 1:15.178 1:20.781 / 9
11 MAKOWIECKI F / LESOUDIER G MTO Mirabeau Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h00:44.022 1 Trs 1:19.996 / 6
12 LAGNIEZ J C / ZANGARELLI M Ciné Cascade Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h00:48.655 1 Trs 1:20.505 / 7
13 DEBARD E / LASSERRE L Tarrès Team Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h01:01.080 1 Trs 1:20.181 / 5
14 GIROIX F / TUCHBANT D First Racing Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h01:45.355 1 Trs 1:20.423 / 6
15 DUBREUIL B / RABINEAU T CD Sport Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h01:02.460 2 Trs 1:23.509 / 5
16 CORMERECHE D / MERMET P Tarrès Team Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h01:52.439 2 Trs 1:24.461 / 24
17 BRANDELA R / STEPEC T Création Autosportif Lister Storm GT1 59:08.658 3 Trs 1:22.250 / 7
18 MILOE J / MILOE J L Red Racing Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h00:48.164 3 Trs 1:23.528 / 32
19 MONTEIRO C / MONTEIRO M Estoril Racing Porsche 996 RSR GT2 1h01:25.053 3 Trs 1:24.741 / 7
20 COLAS F / LOGER D Pilotage Passion Porsche 996 Cup C1 1h02:02.489 3 Trs 1:26.300 / 6

21 DEPRESLE F / MELAN MOUTET M C P A Porsche 996 Cup C1 1h00:43.193 5 Trs 1:28.314 / 7
22 LELIEVRE F / POLETTE P IMSA Porsche 996 Cup C1 1h01:49.315 6 Trs 1:28.353 / 15
23 MOUEZ E / PRUNET C Protek Porsche 911 GT3 RS GT2 1h01:17.310 7 Trs 1:25.564 / 7
24 WOZNIAK D / LEPREUX C First Racing Porsche 996 Cup C1 49:57.550 14 Trs 1:31.765 / 21
25 NARAC R / LECOURT M IMSA Performance - MATMUT Porsche 996 RSR GT2 26:05.025 27 Trs 1:26.384 / 7
26 HAUCHARD F / PORTA O Tarrès Team Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo GT1 16:45.410 32 Trs 1:22.283 / 8
27 RODRIGUES M / RODRIGUES J Hexis Racing Porsche 996 Cup C1 1:46.272 43 Trs 1:46.272 / 1

 

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