FFSA GT, Albi Report (2) – September 9-10
The PSI Double
2 – Qualifying
The qualifying session for the second race was for the top-seeded
drivers. Most of the drivers started the session with fresh tyres.
Soheil Ayari (ANAVEO Saleen) waited for a while. Bouchut (SRT C5-R)
was quickest at the start, but he pitted soon, owing to vibrations
on his SRT Corvette. Dumez (Viper), then Zangarelli (Mirabeau Viper)
and Thévenin (VBM Viper) were fighting hard for the pole,
Zangarelli being quickest.
With ten minutes
left, Ayari started at last, and as soon as his first flying lap,
he was on the pole. He then improved on his second lap, to secure
the pole position. Lucas Lasserre (#14 Viper) was second quickest,
but he had an off and crashed his Viper into the barrier. The car
was too badly damaged would not race. Palttala (PSI C6.R) was eventually
second quickest, ahead of Lasserre and Policand (Larbre Ferrari
the start of the second race, nine cars had been withdrawn, including
Dupuy’s #3 Saleen (Dupuy had been in the hospital for a check-up
after his Saturday crash, but was eventually OK), the #4 First Racing
Viper, the #10 Mirabeau Viper and the #14 Team Tarrès Viper
(Lasserre / Debard).
On the first lap, the positions didn’t change
: Ayari’s Saleen was ahead of Palttala’s Corvette, Policand’s
Ferrari and the Zangarelli, Thévenin and Dumez Vipers.
Ayari (#9 Saleen) and Palttala (#25 Corvette) were
neck and neck and widened a gap upon their potential challengers.
Bouchut (#27 SRT C5-R) was quickly moving through the field after
he had started from the seventh row. In the traffic, Palttala succeeded
in passing Ayari. Policand (#2 Larbre Ferrari 550) was now a lonely
third whereas Zangarelli (#12 Mirabeau Viper), Thévenin (#1
VBM Viper) and Dumez (#11 Euroflash Autovitesse Viper) were already
threatened by Bouchut who soon passed them one by one and was running
now in fourth place, chasing Policand.
a five second lead over Ayari after 20 minutes, then it was a ten
and Zangarelli pitted first for the driver changes. Two laps later,
all the other drivers pitted too.
After the driver changes Kuismanen (#25 Corvette)
was in the lead ahead of Hernandez (Saleen) and Balthazard #3 Ferrari),
who was soon overtaken by Lebon (#27 SRT Corvette C5-R). Hernandez
was pushing hard and was in Kuismanen’s exhaust fumes, while
Bornhauser (#1 VBM Viper), Soave (#26 SRT C5-R) and Blanchemain
(#11 Euroflash Autovutesse Viper) was fighting hard.
unceasingly, but couldn’t pass, so the #25 PSI Corvette had
its second win of the weekend, ahead of Hernandez / Ayari (ANAVEO
ORECA Saleen S7R) and Balthazard / Policand (SOFREV Larbre Ferrari
Lebon was in
third place on the finish lap after a risky move on Lebon’s
Corvette, but he had a penalty owing to this avoidable contact and
was eventually eleventh in the race results.
In the late stages, Blanchemain overtook Bornhauser (below) for
fourth place, Soave / Cayrolle’s SRT C5-R being in sixth place.
“Our strategy was to follow the Saleen, for we believed that
Soheil Ayari would be quicker than us. However, I took advantage
of the traffic when passing him. Then I managed to have a fine gap
on the Saleen, which we lost during our pitstop. Pertti’s
first lap was maybe less fast, and it was a fight between Pertti
and Bruno Hernandez. Pertti was perfect. We are very happy with
these two wins and we’ll play our game in the next two events.
Philippe Tillie, PSI Expérience Team Manager: “I am
very glad with this weekend, the team performed very well and our
Finns were great. At Le Mans and Magny-Cours, we’ll run our
two cars. David Hallyday should be with us if I succeed in finding
a good partner for him. Then we’ll be at Jarama for the Le
Mans Series, and I am looking for some drivers for our C5-R.”
to Frédéric Espinos and Olivier Loisy,
with images by David Fontayne.
1 PALTTALA M / KUISMANEN P PSI Expérience Chevrolet Corvette
C6-R GT1 1h00:47.143
2 AYARI S / HERNANDEZ B Oreca Saleen S7-R GT1 1h00:47.759 0.616
3 POLICAND J / BALTHAZARD G Larbre - SOFREV Ferrari 550 Maranello
GT1 1h01:14.234 27.091
4 BLANCHEMAIN J L / DUMEZ S Euroflash Autovitesse Chrysler Viper
GTS--R GT1 1h01:44.282 57.139
5 BORNHAUSER P / THEVENIN O V B M Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h01:46.217
6 SOAVE T / CAYROLLE E S R T Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GT1 1h01:00.203
7 LAGNIEZ J C / ZANGARELLI M MTO Mirabeau Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1
1h01:05.277 1 Trs
8 GAVANT P / VANNELET G Sport Garage Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h01:47.824
9 CORMERECHE D / PORTA O Tarrès Team Chrysler Viper GTS-R
GT1 1h01:36.774 2 Trs
10 NARAC R / LECOURT M IMSA Performance - MATMUT Porsche
996 RSR GT2 1h02:09.963 2 Trs
11 SIMON L / DEMIGNEUX C Pouchelon Racing Dodge Viper GT3 C2 1h02:03.265
12 COLAS F / GUIOD T Pilotage Passion Dodge Viper C2 1h01:04.492
13 PEREIRA E / CABANNE G Ruffier Racing Dodge Viper GT3 GT2 1h01:38.926
14 LELIEVRE F / POLETTE P IMSA Porsche 996 Cup C1 1h02:04.184
15 RODRIGUES M / RODRIGUES J Hexis Racing Porsche 996 Cup C1 1h01:04.459
16 MOUEZ E / PRUNET C Protek Porsche 911 GT3 RS GT2 1h01:15.758
17 DECULTO C / LEPREUX C First Racing Porsche 996 Cup C1 1h01:48.436
18 WOSNIAK D / BAYSSIERE F Supercars Porsche 996 Cup C1 1h01:19.413
19 CHAMARAUD P / CHAMARAUD A Centre Porsche Lorient Porsche 996
Cup C1 1h01:06.196 7 Trs
20 HELIAS C / PEYROLES A First Racing Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 50:10.132
21 DUBREUIL B / BERVILLE R CD Sport Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 49:56.945
22 BOURGOIN B / BRIGAN E G C R Porsche 996 Cup C1 33:38.941 23 Trs
23 NOURRY M / DESTEMBERT P CD Sport Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 30:23.399
24 LESOUDIER G / TINSEAU C Red Racing Lister Storm GT1 28:50.840