POUCHELON RACING SPA 24h GT3 PODIUM CAR 113 - DUQUEINE/LESSOUDIER/ROUSSELOT/LACROIX 'Don't start racing til the sun comes up' is what wise 24h veterans always say and the 113 Pouchelon Viper was ready for a race at 08:00 as the circuit came...
POUCHELON RACING SPA 24h GT3 PODIUM
CAR 113 - DUQUEINE/LESSOUDIER/ROUSSELOT/LACROIX
'Don't start racing til the sun comes up' is what wise 24h veterans always say and the 113 Pouchelon Viper was ready for a race at 08:00 as the circuit came back to life and the crowds of sports car fans turned up. The strategy worked as the Pouchelon car took 3 laps back from the De Gastines/Haezebock/Cloet 110 Porsche between 08:00 and 10:00. Still 10 laps behind, the team had a lot to do but the sums added up to a photo finish for a GT3 podium place after 24 hours of racing. The De Gastines car hit trouble at 11:30 and fell away from the metronomic Pouchelon Viper.
However, the Porsche of Tremblay threatened as it moved within 3 laps of our car. In a well thought out decision, Car Manager Christophe Alary decided to fend off the Porsche attack by double-stinting Gilles Duqueine and shortening his stop by taking just fuel, leaving the durable Dunlops on the car. The time saving was equivalent to 1.5s per lap over the remaining 1 hour stint. Duqueine clearly enjoyed putting another lap on Car 117 at La Source in a forceful move and the Porsche challenge looked to be over.
At 13:35 Duqeine pitted, handing over to Lacroix who got the tricky job 10 minutes later of calling for wet tyres when a downpour soaked the track. The whole team applauded Gilles for his superb performance. An early stop gave the opportunity to take on used slicks as the track dried and to hand over to Gael Lessoudier. At 3:00, Lessoudier handed a 4 lap lead over the 4th placed Porsche to Benoit Rousselot for the final hour. Driving with great precision, Benoit did the job and was greeted by the team on the pit wall at 4:00.
Alex Pouchelon was overjoyed with the result "It's unbelievable, our first 24h race and our first entry in an FIA GT World Championship race and we made the podium. I want to thank the Gilles, Stephane, Gael and Benoit who delivered this result with no mistakes in 24 hours and most importantly the team who have worked so many hours this week to win this result". Car 113 anchor Gilles Duqueine was more than satisfied with the outcome "we proved we can compete at this level and I am happy for Alex and the team. It was bad luck on my GT3 team mate Anthony Reid that he was in the wrong car this weekend".
CAR 114 - REID/KHAN/VAN SLPUNTEREN/DUMAREY
Retired. But not forgotten. The car looks something of a mess in the garage but doesn't have any structural damage. And Anthony Reid put it on the GT3 front row. And it did lead the class for a good while early on. And we had the GT3 fastest lap whilst the car was running. And all four drivers want to come back and drive the car again.