FFSA GT Report (2) – Magny-Cours, Oct 22
More Saleen - Number 8

On a dry track, Soheil Ayari was the best starter with the Saleen and widened a gap over his contenders within a few laps. Beltoise (Mirabeau Viper) was second for a while, but he had braking problems, again, and he fell down to sixth place. Ayari was in the lead ahead of Bouchut (#27 SRT Corvette), Cayrolle (SRT C5-R), Zangarelli (Mirabeau Viper), Dumez (Euroflash Autovitesse Viper), Beltoise and Lasserre(Tarrès Viper).

After two laps, Ayari had a five second lead, while behind some groups were forming up: Bouchut and Cayrolle for second place, Zangarelli, Dumez and Policand (Larbre Maranello) for third and Beltoise, Lasserre and Gilbert (CD Sport Viper) for seventh.

Eric Cayrolle received a drive through penalty (crossing the white line) and was then sixth.

So, Policand was now third, passing Dumez and Zangarelli. Cayrolle was pushing hard and moved up to fourth place, just behind Policand.

Meanwhile, Bouchut in #27 was charging after Ayari: he tried to overtake him in the Lycée corner - bit he too had a drive through penalty (overtaking under yellow) but he managed to stay in second.

All the drivers pitted at the same time and the positions didn't change afterwards. Hernandez (ANAVEO Oreca Saleen) was ahead of Bervillé (SRT Corvette) and Balthazard (Larbre Ferrari) who had another penalty (pit infringement) and Bornhauser (VBM Ferrari) was third.

Hernandez and Ayari took their eighth win in the season, Bouchut and Bevillé were on the podium as on Saturday, Thévenin and Bornahauser were third in their first race with the ‘unrestricted’ Ferrari Maranello.

Soheil Ayari: “We have been successful throughout the season. We knew where we were going this year, because Oreca is the number one team in France. Up to Nogaro, we could fix the small reliability problems, so we could score some big points, whereas the Saleen had not been yet fully developed."

Bruno Hernandez: "What a season: I had two aims this year: first of all, improving my driving, in which I believe to have succeeded in, thanks to Soheil and second, I did not want to disappoint the team. I think it got along well too. Everything was great as early as Nogaro and it has been most important for the rest of the season. It is a true pleasure to race with such a united and proven team as Oreca. I am too very proud I could allow to ANAVEO our main sponsor, to clinch this title with us. Their important support has been rewarded. Now, we are going to savour this title and afterwards we'll decide what will come next after this season with the Saleen."

Christophe Bouchut: “We lost some time in the opening lap, it wasn't easy to pass the Viper. Soheil did what he had to do, and he could escape. The car was tough to drive, I had much understeering. I closed the gap and I was confident, above all because I love this track, especially because I live nearby. It was a great fun to fight for first place, but I had an arguable penalty. We have been twice on the podium this weekend, which is quite good. Roland Bervillé had never driven the Corvette before, so I didn't know what kind of result we could have. Roland surprised me, he had a great run. I am pleased for him and for the SRT team who did a great work."

Patrick Bornhauser: “The reputation of the Ferrari is well-established. It has a good chassis, great brakes and the engine, which is experimental, is still ‘perfectible’, because it is lacking some output. We don't know what will happen tomorrow, we are going to study the opportunities, but I am afraid of the Saleens. Wait and see!”

Raymond Narac, GT2 Trophy winner: “We had to wait for the last race so that I had an off and I damaged a bumper. I had to move up into the field quickly to come into contact with the leaders and in the last three laps I could move up to second place. This was a perfect season, and it was important to confirm the 2005 season. We hear of some interesting rumours for next year, I don't deny anything, but it is still too early to announce our plans.”
Claude Foubert

With thanks to Frédéric Espinos, David Fontayne and David Legangneux - for their efforts throughout the season.

Result
1 AYARI S / HERNANDEZ B Oreca Saleen S7-R GT1 1h01:43.018 1:40.262 / 2
2 BERVILLE R / BOUCHUT C S R T Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GT1 1h01:57.447 14.429 1:40.881 / 5
3 BORNHAUSER P / THEVENIN O V B M Ferrari 550 Maranello GT1 1h02:17.163 34.145 1:42.935 / 5
4 SOAVE T / CAYROLLE E S R T Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GT1 1h02:49.653 1:06.635 1:41.401 / 5
5 DEBARD E / LASSERRE L Tarrès Team Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h02:50.677 1:07.659 1:43.011 / 5
6 LESOUDIER G / BELTOISE A MTO Mirabeau Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h03:06.039 1:23.021 1:42.643 / 3
7 BRANDELA R / STEPEC T PSI Expérience Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GT1 1h03:12.118 1:29.100 1:44.149 / 19
8 LAGNIEZ J C / ZANGARELLI M MTO Mirabeau Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h03:28.819 1:45.801 1:42.482 / 4
9 GAVANT P / VANNELET G Sport Garage Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h01:44.003 1 Trs 1:43.686 / 4
10 DUBREUIL B / GILBERT J CD Sport Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h01:47.857 1 Trs 1:43.190 / 4
11 GIROIX F / TUCHBANT D First Racing Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h02:11.898 1 Trs 1:42.964 / 5
12 POLICAND J / BALTHAZARD G Larbre - SOFREV Ferrari 550 Maranello GT1 1h02:16.718 1 Trs 1:42.052 / 9
13 NARAC R / LECOURT M IMSA Performance - MATMUT Porsche 996 RSR GT2 1h03:17.195 1 Trs 1:46.090 / 5
14 RABINEAU T / PAILLARD L CD Sport Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h03:18.289 1 Trs 1:46.661 / 11
15 MONTEIRO C / MONTEIRO M Estoril Racing Porsche 996 RSR GT2 1h03:19.181 1 Trs 1:47.088 / 4
16 KIMBER-SMITH T / HINES L Team LNT Panoz Esperante GTLM GT2. 1h02:25.838 2 Trs 1:48.383 / 8
17 MILOE J / MILOE J L Red Racing Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 1h02:45.113 2 Trs 1:48.013 / 6
18 MOULIN TRAFFORT M / GHISLAIN T Pelsi Racing Toyota Bi-Turbo GT2 1h02:50.341 2 Trs 1:49.471 / 20
19 MULLEN T / NIARCHOS C Scuderia Ecosse Ferrari 430 GT2 GT2. 1h03:10.170 2 Trs 1:47.676 / 5
20 CABANNE G / PEREIRA E Ruffier Racing Dodge Viper GT3 C2 1h03:21.133 2 Trs 1:49.268 / 5
21 DEMIGNEUX C / VANSTRAATEN D Riverside Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GT3 C2 1h03:33.353 2 Trs 1:49.570 / 2
22 NOURRY A S / PASQUALI L Nourry Compétition Porsche 996 Cup C1 1h01:46.443 3 Trs 1:50.211 / 8
23 TOMLINSON L / DEAN R Team LNT Panoz Esperante GTLM GT2 1h01:59.357 3 Trs 1:48.636 / 2
24 COLAS F / GUIOD T Pilotage Passion Porsche 996 Cup C1 1h02:09.206 3 Trs 1:52.337 / 4
25 LELIEVRE F / POLETTE P IMSA Porsche 996 Cup C1 1h02:23.304 3 Trs 1:51.743 / 3
26 CLEMENT H / BACHELIER J M G C R Porsche 996 Cup C1 1h02:27.091 3 Trs 1:52.249 / 32
27 CLAIRAY G / LAURIN J G C R Dodge Viper GT3 C2 1h02:29.795 3 Trs 1:51.869 / 3
28 NOURRY M / BAUDINIERE P Nourry Compétition Porsche 996 RS GT2 1h02:33.238 3 Trs 1:49.730 / 3
29 ROUSSEAU V / MITIEUS M Pilotage Passion Porsche 996 Cup C1 1h02:53.285 3 Trs 1:52.524 / 6
30 RODRIGUES M / RODRIGUES J Hexis Racing Porsche 996 Cup C1 1h03:05.802 3 Trs 1:51.044 / 5
31 DEPRESLE F / MELAN MOUTET M C P A Porsche 996 Cup C1 1h03:30.008 3 Trs 1:53.730 / 27
32 BROUARD R / NOZIERE P Pilotage Passion Dodge Viper GT3 C2 1h03:34.627 3 Trs 1:52.645 / 5
33 PEYROLES A / HELIAS C First Racing Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 55:19.237 5 Trs 1:44.624 / 2
34 CHAMARAUD P / CHAMARAUD A Centre Porsche Lorient Porsche 996 Cup C1 1h02:10.874 5 Trs 1:56.277 / 2
35 BAUDOIN M / LAFARGUE P Ruffier Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RS GT2 1h03:13.642 6 Trs 2:00.755 / 3
36 CORMERECHE D / MERMET P Tarrès Team Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 47:49.204 10 Trs 1:47.787 / 7
37 CHEVALLARD P / MOULIN F Trajectoires Ferrari 550 Maranello GT2 1h03:31.419 10 Trs 1:56.925 / 3
38 ADAM J Y / MAKOWIECKI F Racing Logistic Dodge Viper GT3 GT2 47:58.819 16 Trs 1:44.948 / 2
39 LEPREUX C / PAUL F First Racing Porsche 996 Cup C1 27:04.808 21 Trs 1:53.361 / 3
40 MOUEZ E / PRUNET C Protek Porsche 911 GT3 RS GT2 22:10.899 23 Trs 1:48.999 / 4
41 BLANCHEMAIN J L / DUMEZ S Euroflash Autovitesse Chrysler Viper GTS--R GT1 17:17.583 25 Trs 1:42.511 / 4
42 BEAU C / DELAUNAY H Pilotage Passion Porsche 996 Cup C1 18:17.928 26 Trs 1:58.128 / 8
43 RUFFIER J C / RUFFIER J Ruffier Racing Dodge Vpier GT3 GT2 44:37.789 32 Trs 1:53.851 / 1

Final Championship Standings
1- Ayari - Hernandez, 324 pts ;
2- Palttala - Kuismanen, 206 pts ;
3- Narac - Lecourt, 128 pts ;
4- Bouchut, 123 pts ;
5- Bornhauser - Thévenin, 121 pts.

 

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