FIA GT3, POUCHELON RACING, FREE TEST ONE In Oschersleben, Germany for the 2nd round of the FIA GT3 European Championship, Pouchelon Racing was still on a high after taking 5 of the 6 available podium places at the recent Pau Grand Prix street ...
FIA GT3, POUCHELON RACING, FREE TEST ONE
In Oschersleben, Germany for the 2nd round of the FIA GT3 European Championship, Pouchelon Racing was still on a high after taking 5 of the 6 available podium places at the recent Pau Grand Prix street race. With the car 29 pairing of Anthony Reid/Gilles Duqueine in the lead Viper, Free Test 1 showed what could be possible this weekend. Reid took the car for a "quick sniff of the track" and in only 4 laps set a time which was not bettered until the end of the session - and even then, only by 5/100ths. Even better was the performance from Gilles Duqueine who had not driven at the German circuit before and posted 4th fastest.
New to the Pouchelon Racing team for his home GT3 race, respected German driver Wido Roessler drove Free Test 1 on his own because his partner for the weekend, French superstar singer David Hallyday had been delayed on a flight from the USA. Roessler, a vastly experienced sportscar driver and winner of the Rolex Daytona 24h GT2 class in 1998, was trading up from his usual Ferrari Challenge car to the Pouchelon Viper but immediately experienced a problem on his out lap. "There was a brake balance problem and I spun after only two corners" he said. He came in and handed the car to Anthony Reid who quickly confirmed the problem. So car 30 took no further part in the session whilst the team traced the fault and repaired it.
Bright young prospects Maxime Dubrulle and Kevin Morel were delighted with the opportunity to get in a car which is approaching mythical status among French GT racers already. Given their lack of experience at this level, they drove solidly and without issues to record a best just 3.6s off the front.
Anthony Reid was in confident mood "You know within a few laps if you're going to have a good weekend" he smiled "and we're on the pace for sure". Team principal Alex Pouchelon was feeling positive about the times "we have a strong team in Anthony and Gilles, their aggregate time is the best".