The fourth round of the inaugural season of the FIA GT3 European Championship took the cars to the beautiful and challenging French track of Dijon Prenois. The winding circuit, up hill and down, produced two stunning races, to the delight of...
The fourth round of the inaugural season of the FIA GT3 European Championship took the cars to the beautiful and challenging French track of Dijon Prenois. The winding circuit, up hill and down, produced two stunning races, to the delight of the many spectators who crowded around the track. With pole going to Barwell Motorsport's Jonathan Cocker, and Riverside's James Ruffier, wins were shared between the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, and the Porsche 997 GT3, maintaining the diversity in this first season.
RACE 1 : RACING BOX INHERITS RACE WIN, PENDING APPEAL
The first Dijon race in the FIA GT Championship saw Patrick Bornhauser take his third consecutive win, joined this time by his team-mate Jean-Luc Blanchemain. The Racing Logistic duo finished ahead of the nr 27 Racing Box car of Ceccato and Livio, after a close and exciting race around the 3.8 km circuit.
Third and leading Aston Martin was the nr 44 Barwell Motorsport DBRS9 of Machitsky and Cocker, ahead of the BMS Scuderia Italia Aston Martin of Seiler and Groppi. The nr 19 Riverside Corvette of Ruffier and Terny was fifth, after an amazing stint from James Ruffier.
The leading Lamborghini was the nr 13 Reiter Engineering car of Albert von Thurn und Taxis and Phil Bastiaans, with the leading Porsche the nr 9 Tech 9 car of Edwards and Keen.
However, Further to protests from Pouchelon and Racing Box, the nr 10 and 11 Larbre Competition Dodge Viper Competition Coupe cars were excluded from the meeting, due to non-conformity of the front brake calipers discs and pads. This gave Racing Box's Dodge Viper of Ceccato and Livio the win ahead of the Barwell Aston Martin of Machitsky and Cocker, with the BMS drivers Seiler and Livio third. However, Racing Logistic has appealed this decision, and the results are therefore provisional.
RACE 2 : PORSCHE TAKES FIRST WIN AFTER THRILLING CHASE ROUND DIJON
A thrilling second GT3 race saw all seven makes finish in the top ten, with a nail-biting fight between the leading four cars. But the win went to Tech 9 Motorsport and the Porsche 997 GT3 of Edwards and Keen - the first win for a Porsche in this inaugural season of the Championship. The Porsche was followed by the BMS Scuderia Ecosse Aston Martin DBRS9 of Groppi and Seiler, with the nr 10 Racing Box Viper of Bornhauser and Blanchemain.
The race started with a big accident on the grid, which took out the nr 26 Racing Box Viper, the nr 18 Callaway Corvette and the nr 22 Aston Martin. This brought out the safety car for 20 minutes. Afterwards, the faster drivers had around 17 minutes of flat-out racing before they had to pit and hand the cars over to the slower drivers. Campbell was leading ahead of Livio, Edwards and Groppi.
The refueling took place relatively late. A big fight ensued between the nr 10 Racing Logistic, the nr 27 Racing Box, the nr 9 Tech 9 Motorsport. Keen took the lead, then they were joined by Seiler in the Aston Martin, who overtook the two Dodges to move up to second.
The results of this race are also provisional, as the appeal from race one allowed the nr 10 and 11 cars to compete in race two, but under appeal.