FRONT ROW SEATS FOR POUCHELON AT PAU GT Laurent Cazenave and Anthony Reid locked out the front row for race 1 of the Pau Masters GT meeting. Christian Demigneux qualified seventh to ensure that the Pouchelon Racing Vipers were ahead of all the...
FRONT ROW SEATS FOR POUCHELON AT PAU GT
Laurent Cazenave and Anthony Reid locked out the front row for race 1 of the Pau Masters GT meeting. Christian Demigneux qualified seventh to ensure that the Pouchelon Racing Vipers were ahead of all the others.
With perfect weather conditions in the magnificent venue of the Pau street circuit and more rubber on the track than the previous day's test session, times tumbled. The Avon shod British GT runners went out first with the Pirelli shod FFSA and Masters contenders in the second session. Laurent Cazenave was immediately quick, recording 1.22.2 on his first flying lap and throwing down the gauntlet to Reid, not a driver who likes anyone going quicker, let alone in the same car. Cazenave was soon the first car to break the 1.21.00 barrier with a stunning 1.20.464 after 7 laps, the Pirelli tyres coming good at this distance. Reid had just set a 1.21.099 as he completed 6 laps to cement the all Pouchelon Viper front row. With the Pirellis now having given up their peak performance and the front runners catching slower cars, there was nothing more to be gained and Reid came into the pit lane.
As Reid left the car though, all was obviously not well. "There was a slight misfire from the first lap but it got worse and at the end it was running on 9 cylinders. I don't want to seem ungrateful and I know that's more than most people have got but I would still like 10!"
Christian Demigneux qualified well up the grid in 7th with a best lap of 1.22.739, some 2 seconds ahead of the Racing Box Viper and well up on the similar car of Ruffier Racing.
Laurent Cazenave was delighted with pole position for his home race. A 'Palois' born in Pau, Laurent has raced at his home circuit more than a dozen times in Formula Ford, Renault Elf Campus and SuperTourisme. This is his third pole "but I think this one is the best ever for me" he said after qualifying.
The scene is now set for a superb spectacle as the GT cars attack the streets of Pau at 7.50 this evening, with every prospect of a good result for the Pouchelon drivers.