FFSA GT Val de Vienne – Race 1 Report – June 24
Saleen Again – A 1-2

In the qualifying session for race one, the Corvettes outpaced their rivals. David Hallyday (PSI Experience C5-R) claimed his first pole position in the season, ahead of his teammate Pertti Kuismanen (PSI C6.R), while Yvan Lebon (SRT C5-R) was third quickest. Bruno Hernandez (ANAVEO Oreca Saleen S7R), in the lead in the championship standings also sat on the second row, ahead of Gael Lesoudier (Mirabeau Viper) and Richard Balandras (Euroflash Autovitesse Viper).

Race 1
Pertti Kuismanen (#25 Corvette) started best and was first into turn one, ahead of poleman David Hallyday (#24 Corvette) but Hallyday put a lot of pressure on his teammate.

The Soave / Cayrolle Corvette and one of the CD Sport Vipers went skating into the gravel at the first corner.

Bornhauser (#1 VBM Viper), who had had an engine change, started from the pits and was moving up quickly into the field.

On the third lap, Hallyday tried to pass Kuismanen, but there was a misunderstanding and contact was made. Kuismanen stopped on the track while Hallyday started again in third place, behind Lebon (#27 SRT Corvette) and Lesoudier (#10 Mirabeau Viper).

Hallyday was really pushing hard and caught up with the two leaders and passed them two laps later. Then he widened a gap and set a strong pace. Behind Lebon and Lesoudier, the fight for fourth place was rife between Balandras (#11 Viper), Balthazard (#2 Larbre Ferrari 550), Hernandez (#9 Saleen S7R), Debard (#14 Tarrès Viper) and Fiat (#3 Protek Saleen S7R).

Before the driver changes, Hallyday had a twenty second lead. Alliot took over and was now ahead of Bouchut (#27 Corvette), Makowiecki (#10 Viper), Policand (#2 Ferrari), Ayari (#9 Saleen) and Dupuy (#3 Saleen).

Positions were going to change….. Makowiecki (in the black Viper, following Polican's Ferrari 550, below) succeeded in passing Bouchut and Alliot had a spin owing to a stuck throttle. He started again, but in sixth place behind Policand, who had beeen overtaken by the Saleen.

Suddenly, the leading car, Makowiecki at the wheel of the Viper, pitted for a drive through penalty, which in fact was for his team-mate Zangarelli. In the process, some rubber blocked the exhaust of the Viper, which caught fire – and was inevitably retired.

Soheil Ayari then moved up a gear and passed Policand and Alliot, then Bouchut too. Bouchut could not do anything anymore against Dupuy either, so that made it a Saleen 1-2.

In the race for third place, Bouchut, Alliot and Policand came abreast onto the final straight and Policand crossed the line in third – but Alliot had annoyed Bouchut on that last lap, which provoked the younger Frenchman to set about his older rival in parc ferme.

In the GT2 Trophy, the Monteiro brothers (Estoril Porsche 996 GT3 RSR) were leading in the early stages ahead of Pereira (Dodge Viper GT3) and Lecourt (IMSA Porsche 996 GT3 RSR) but after the driver change Raymond Narac (above) set a quick pace and was again the winner, ahead of the Monteiro brothers.
Claude Foubert

With thanks to Frédéric Espinos and Olivier Loisy, with images by David Legangneux and David Fontayne.

Result
1 AYARI S / HERNANDEZ B Oreca Saleen S7-R GT1 1h01:43.790 1:41.664 / 22

2 DUPUY D / FIAT F Protek Saleen S7-R GT1 1h02:02.301 18.511 1:40.690 / 17
3 POLICAND J / BALTHAZARD G Larbre - SOFREV Ferrari 550 Maranello GT1 1h02:18.941 35.151 1:41.846 / 18
4 ALLIOT P / HALLYDAY D PSI Expérience Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GT1 1h02:21.032 37.242 1:40.681 / 8
5 LEBON Y / BOUCHUT C S R T Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GT1 1h02:21.665 37.875 1:41.565 / 4
6 DEBARD E / LASSERRE L Tarrès Team Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h02:48.474 1:04.684 1:42.948 / 9
7 BALANDRAS R / DUMEZ S Euroflash Autovitesse Chrysler Viper GTS--R GT1 1h02:55.679 1:11.889 1:42.290 / 4
8 GAVANT P / PARISY M Sport Garage Chrysler Viper GTS - R GT1 1h03:02.385 1:18.595 1:42.737 / 17
9 BORNHAUSER P / THEVENIN O V B M Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h01:44.993 1 Trs 1:42.435 / 7
10 LAGNIEZ J C / ZANGARELLI M Ciné Cascade Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h01:45.485 1 Trs 1:42.467 / 17
11 HELIAS C / PEYROLES A First Racing Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h02:03.992 1 Trs 1:43.848 / 4
12 NARAC R / LECOURT M IMSA Performance - MATMUT Porsche 996 RSR GT2 1h02:06.062 1 Trs 1:45.658 / 8
13 MONTEIRO C / MONTEIRO M Estoril Racing Porsche 996 RSR GT2 1h02:25.343 1 Trs 1:45.345 / 12
14 CAZENAVE L / BEAUBELIQUE J L CD Sport Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h03:04.874 1 Trs 1:44.253 / 22
15 MOUEZ E / PRUNET C Protek Porsche 911 GT3 RS GT2 1h01:46.974 2 Trs 1:46.414 / 17
16 MILOE J / MILOE J L Red Racing Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h02:07.628 2 Trs 1:45.636 / 9
17 RODRIGUES M / RODRIGUES J Hexis Racing Porsche 996 Cup C1 1h03:20.572 2 Trs 1:50.294 / 9
18 LELIEVRE F / POLETTE P IMSA Porsche 996 Cup C1 1h01:50.257 3 Trs 1:50.935 / 4
19 CORMERECHE D / MERMET P Tarrès Team Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h02:18.058 3 Trs 1:45.305 / 4
20 CLAIRAY G / LAURIN J G C R Porsche 996 Cup C1 1h02:37.848 3 Trs 1:51.170 / 8
21 PEREIRA E / BERA R Ruffier Racing Dodge Viper GT2 1h02:53.061 3 Trs 1:46.859 / 2
22 RUFFIER J C / OUDIN J P Ruffier Racing Porsche 996 RS GT2 1h03:17.948 3 Trs 1:52.002 / 18
23 COLAS F / GUIOD T Pilotage Passion Porsche 996 Cup C1 1h01:20.197 4 Trs 1:48.116 / 2
24 CHAMARAUD P / CHAMARAUD A Centre Porsche Lorient Porsche 996 Cup C1 1h02:06.775 4 Trs 1:53.403 / 12
25 WOZNIAK D / LEPREUX C First Racing Porsche 996 Cup C1 1h02:35.835 5 Trs 1:53.256 / 12
26 GIROIX F / TUCHBANT D First Racing Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 52:47.804 6 Trs 1:43.100 / 16
27 TAPY E / ROCHE A YET Compétition Opel Astra Coupé C3 1h02:54.736 6 Trs 1:54.246 / 16
28 LESOUDIER G / MAKOWIECKI F MTO Mirabeau Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 44:33.252 10 Trs 1:41.942 / 21
29 SOAVE T / CAYROLLE E S R T Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GT1 45:56.972 11 Trs 1:43.770 / 7
30 DUBREUIL B / RABINEAU T CD Sport Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 45:45.314 19 Trs 1:45.753 / 6
31 PALTTALA M / KUISMANEN P PSI Expérience Chevrolet Corvette C6-R GT1 7:19.978 32 Trs 1:42.741 / 2

 

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