VdeV 12 Hours Report - Magny-Cours, October 28-29
Racers talk highly of the Eric Van de Vyver series, and in several ways it is a model for the success of ‘second tier’ endurance racing.

The big event is the 12 Hours, which started at 14.00 on Saturday afternoon – and finished almost 12 hours later. Almost 12 hours? The fog came down after midnight, and with the safety car on track for some of the late-race period, eventually it became too thick to continue.

The race winners were Ally McKever and Bryce Wilson (in a Ligier JS49), both of whom have been GT racers in recent seasons. Second were the Frenchmen Da Rocha / Ibanez / Cavail in a Norma, with Simon Phillips / Tommy Erdos / Rob Garofall third, also in a Norma – and Normas filled out all of places second to sixth.

Qualifying took place on Friday evening, beginning at 18.00 – and with the air cooling, and traffic thinning out, the best times came towards the end. Pole position went to another Norma, that of Schell / Wurz, with Rob Garofall second fastest in the RSR Racing Norma.

Ligiers and Normas filled the top nine spots on the grid, with the Juno of Rob Croydon and Adrian Mardlin tenth.

“It was very difficult to get a clear lap early on,” comments Tommy Erdos, “as we had some 55 cars on track. The speed differential was pretty huge amongst the classes. I did a few laps at the beginning and, although far from a clear lap, I was able to post a 1:43.2 to put us on provisional pole.”

That became fourth fastest with half an hour left, but Garofall in the RSR Norma vaulted back up to second on the grid with a late effort.

But it didn’t start from the front row. “I was sent out from the garage too late to go to the grid and they shut the pit lane,” explains Tommy Erdos, “so I had to start from pit exit, behind everyone else.”

An hour or so later, and the RSR Norma led – having passed 46 cars….

“A great first stint: these cars are really economical.” Erdos was in the #36 Norma for over two hours. “I had great fun overtaking the entire field and I pitted with a lead of over one minute to second place… I think the team was pretty happy with that.”

All was going well with the race leader – until a rose joint broke in the gear linkage. This happened as Rob Garofall was passing the pits, so he had to complete a whole lap stuck in second gear. Five laps were lost – and probably all hope of victory.

Except that a change of brake pads cost another two to three laps, yet the RSR Norma finished just three laps behind the first two on the road.

The Wilson / McKever winner was just 25 seconds ahead of the second placed car when the flag fell a few minutes early.

Frank Hahn finished sixth in a G-Force Norma, but the Greensall / Coleman Chad Racing Norma was out after six hours or so.

Result
1 34 Mc KEVER A / WILSON B GB / GB Ligier JS 49 CN 11h43:28.546 1:44.243 / 91
2 15 DA ROCHA F / IBANEZ F / CAVAIL F / F / F Norma M 20 evo CN 11h43:54.015 25.469 1:43.664 / 18
3 36 PHILLIPS S / GAROFALL R / ERDOS RSR Racing GB / GB Norma M 20 evo CN 11h44:20.392 3 Trs 1:43.489 / 49
4 29 VIDAL P / VIDAL J VE Racing Team F / F Norma M 20 évo CN 11h43:53.614 7 Trs 1:47.207 / 27
5 20 SALINI P / SALINI S Extreme Limite F / F Norma M 20 2vo CN 11h44:57.201 9 Trs 1:47.638 / 273
6 99 HAHN F / JACOBS C / HAEZEBROUC G-Force Racing B / B Norma M 20 CN 11h43:30.401 13 Trs 1:46.444 / 23
7 89 PAPIN P / MOREAU L / YVON J F Zone Rouge F / F Ligier JS 49 CN 11h43:54.869 14 Trs 1:48.224 / 24
8 23 MARDLIN A / CROYDON R RSR Racing GB / GB Juno SSE CN 11h44:58.250 16 Trs 1:45.256 / 40
9 35 LEVY J C / LEVY P / MITIEUS M Le Duigou Racing F / F / F Porsche 996 Cup GT3 11h45:01.667 18 Trs 1:52.498 / 7
10 37 PAGNY J P / BENOIST P / HESNAU Perspective Racing F / F Porsche 996 RSR GT2 11h43:41.975 20 Trs 1:51.930 / 7
11 14 MOREAU B / LANGIN M Polybaie F / F Porsche 996 Cup GT3 11h44:45.996 22 Trs 1:52.509 / 10
12 64 VINCENOT E / BACHELIER J M / P Perspective Racing F / F Porsche 993 RS GT4 11h44:04.513 27 Trs 1:56.278 / 18
13 71 GIAVEDONI / DORNEAU-GOURME Domec Racing F / F Radical SR 3 C3 11h44:35.363 27 Trs 1:56.586 / 6
14 26 AREZINA B / ROUEDE E / BUREL P Malti Compétition F / F Norma M 20 évo CN 10h45:12.976 29 Trs 1:46.886 / 109
15 85 MILOE J L / HELARY E / MILOE J Ruffier / Co Dodge Viper GT3 HC 11h43:42.705 31 Trs 1:47.269 / 123
16 21 PETITGAS P / TIRONNEAU B / MUN Malti Compétition F / F Norma M 20 évo CN 11h44:59.719 31 Trs 1:46.569 / 42
17 65 MICHEL T / MICHEL M / MICHEL J F / F / F Porsche 993 Cup GT4 11h44:57.572 33 Trs 1:58.337 / 217
18 27 METZ J / METZ J C Pégasus Racing F / F Norma M 20 évo CN 11h44:08.606 38 Trs 1:44.595 / 41
19 11 V de V E / DECHARNE / DESAMAIS V de V F / F Touring Cup Silhouette 11h44:26.451 39 Trs 1:57.380 / 44
20 84 SCEMAMA M / SCEMAMA Y / SCEMAM Ruffier / Co Dodge Viper GT3 GT2 11h04:19.345 41 Trs 1:50.055 / 113
21 2 TARDIF J P / TRUCHOT E / LONGE Malti Compétition F / F Norma M 20 evo CN 11h45:00.780 45 Trs 1:43.635 / 6
22 90 CLAIRAY J / DAPOLO P / TREMBLA Le Duigou Racing F / F Porsche 964 Cup GT4 11h44:36.995 48 Trs 2:00.173 / 101
23 32 HOLDICH T / CHITTENDEN M / FRE RSR Racing GB / GB Radical SR 3 C3 11h43:46.123 49 Trs 1:51.825 / 43
24 48 SCHELL J / WURTZ R Pegasus Racing F / F Norma M 20 evo CN 10h28:31.721 57 Trs 1:43.090 / 6
25 9 JACQUES J M / DESLANDES L / CH Force Motorsport F / F BMW Z3 GT4 11h43:43.304 58 Trs 2:01.843 / 72
26 28 ALLPASS S / WILLIAMS / TAPINOS RSR Racing GB / GB Juno SSE CN 11h44:45.658 60 Trs 1:47.361 / 102
27 16 KOHLER D / DEPAGNEUX R / HUGE Polybaie F / F / NL Porsche 996 Cup GT3 9h56:38.599 77 Trs 1:52.273 / 254
28 82 ULLMANN P / LEMEE C / VON GU ASP Compétition F / F BMW Z 3 GT4 11h44:24.253 78 Trs 1:56.053 / 23
29 69 THIRION P / MOURGUES D / DEMIG Top Loc Racing F / F Norma M 20 évo CN 9h02:02.867 85 Trs 1:46.878 / 29
CONCURRENTS N'AYANT PAS EFFECTUE 75 % DU NOMBRE DE TOURS
30 49 LE CALVEZ Y / DEMAN L / CHOUVE Widi Racing F / F / B Radical SR 3 C3 10h12:23.226 89 Trs 1:49.359 / 18
31 63 ROOS F / ROELSE H / LANGFERMAN Dutch Endurance Racing NL / NL / D Norma M 20 evo CN 11h05:34.103 92 Trs 1:48.302 / 37
32 6 VAN SANDE L / CLOET T / SOULET Saulnier Racing B / CH Ligier JS 49 CN 8h26:57.743 100 Trs 1:43.944 / 132
33 46 GROSSETETE F / GEHIN P DTI Racing Renault Mégane RS Tourisme 11h44:20.056 100 Trs 2:03.111 / 101
34 12 PEREIRA E / HAVETTE E / FABRE Daniel Droit Racing P / Porsche 996 Cup GT3 11h45:00.763 108 Trs 1:53.348 / 200
35 80 BRYAN R / BRYAN B / STOTT P USA / USA / GB Argo JM 19 C2 9h31:25.523 119 Trs 1:49.004 / 21
36 31 HAUCHARD R / PORTA O / NURY D RBA Sport Merlin MP 23 CN 9h24:50.827 122 Trs 1:46.914 / 38
37 4 TRUE R / DORAN P / DESCHAMPS B Chad Racing GB / GB Ligier JS 49 CN 7h36:22.796 138 Trs 1:47.152 / 18
38 1 GREENSALL N / COLEMAN J Chad Racing GB / GB Norma M 20 evo CN 6h37:24.217 148 Trs 1:44.279 / 48
39 50 MORA M / VALLERY-MASSON L / VI Griffith's F / F Ligier JS 49 CN 8h47:54.722 150 Trs 1:49.656 / 112
40 41 TISSANDIER P / EMERIC J B / MO Promodrive F / F Norma M 20 evo CN 9h58:44.014 164 Trs 1:50.138 / 17
41 17 BAILLET C / HERBETH J L / GLAT Car Compétition F / F / F Norma M 20 evo CN 6h37:09.310 165 Trs 1:46.438 / 54
42 58 DESPREZ F / DELB A Griffith's F / F Ligier JS 49 CN 5h09:36.877 195 Trs 1:46.217 / 7
43 81 NICOLET J / FILHOL A / NICOLET Héritage Racing Cars F / F Ligier JS 49 CN 4h54:17.616 196 Trs 1:46.715 / 23
44 44 LOUAIL M / GEORGET A / PETRIGN Team 4 Racing F / F Merlin MP 23 CN 4h28:52.954 232 Trs 1:49.105 / 22
45 5 HOTTINGUER P / ZOLLINGER D Saulnier Racing F / F Ligier JS 49 CN 2h05:59.159 286 Trs 1:44.542 / 55
46 91 BIANCHINA J L / BARBOSA R / VE Zone Rouge F / F Ligier JS 49 CN 1h24:15.463 299 Trs 1:47.693 / 5
47 33 CASSOTTI B / JALAIS P / LEMAIR Team 4 Racing F / F / F Merlin MP 23 CN 1h34:56.775 329 Trs 1:54.230 / 12

 

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