The second round of the GT4 European Series Southern Cup took place at the street track in Pau (Southwest France) this past weekend. It was a perfect environment for Speedcar’s Ginetta G55s, which took two out of four class victories. The French team leaves Pau at the top of the Series Pro-Am Team and Drivers championship.
Race 1: CD Sport Wins Pro-Am and Speed Car Ginetta Rules the AM Class
Christophe Lapierre snatched pole position in the #1 CD Sport Porsche Cayman Clubsport MR (1:33.329), ahead of Fabien Michal in the #42 Sainteloc Racing Audi R8 LMS (1:33.471) and Douglas Lundberg in the Speed Car Ginetta G55 (1:33.516). The #42 did not race, however, as it was significantly damaged during Saturday’s Superpole session.
The start of the night race took place under the safety car as rain poured heavily before the green flag. The cars were released seven minutes into the race, with Lapierre driving ahead of Consani in the #8 Speedcar Ginetta. Soon after the start though, Consani had to take a drive-through penalty for jumping the gun. Douglas Lundberg in the #7 Speedcar Ginetta G55 inherited second place and soon challenged Lapierre for the lead. Lundberg overtook Lapierre on lap 12 and pulled away easily.
Half way into the race, cars pitted for driver changes. The #7 driven by Pierre Courroye kept the lead with a narrow margin over the #1 driven by Mike Parisy. Eighteen minutes before the end of the race, Parisy overtook Courroye easily at the end of the start/finish line.
Seven minutes later, there was drama on the track, as the race was red-flagged following an accident involving the #10 Baporo Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT4. The driver was unhurt. The race never resumed, as guard rails needed to be replaced. Benjamin Lariche took third position in the #8 Ginetta G55.
In the Am category, the #4 Speedcar Ginetta driven by Rodolphe Walgren won the race.
Race 2: 1-2 for Speed Car Ginettas in Pro-Am and AGS Events Wins the AM class
Mike Parisy snatched the Super Pole position in the #1 CD Sport Porsche Cayman Clubsport MR (1:33.986) ahead of Clément Dub in the #18 Cool Racing Porsche Cayman Clubsport MR (1:34.116) and Steven Palette in the #27 IMSA Performance Porsche Cayman Clubsport MR (1:34.385)
The start of the race proved difficult for Parisy, whose gear selection jammed when the green flag was waved. This allowed Clément Dub in the #18 to easily take the lead. He was followed by Walgren in the #27 and Lonni Martins in the #5 Sainteloc Racing Audi R8 LMS.
A few minutes into the race, Walgren damaged his car and lost his front bonnet. The Ginetta had to pit shortly for repair. Meanwhile, Martins chased Dub relentlessly for first position.
Twenty minutes into the race, Romain Monti in the #100 3Y Technology BMW M4 GT4 went off track. This triggered a first safety-car episode. At the same moment, the pits opened for the compulsory driver change. On restart, the #27 driven by Michael Blanchemin led the race, ahead of Christophe Hamon in the #5, Laurent Hurgon in the #3 BMW Team France BMW M4 and Robert Consani in the #8 Speed Car Ginetta G55.
On lap 24 (18 minutes before the end of the race), Hurgon overtook and pushed Blanchemin off track. This triggered a second safety-car episode. On restart, rain poured down on the track. With only eight minutes left into the race, Hamon kept the lead but came under significant pressure from Consani. The latter pushed the #5 in the barriers during the final moments of the race and then cruised to the chequered flag. Douglas Lundberg in the #7 finished second, while Parisy took the final podium position.
In the Am category, the #25 AGS Events Porsche Cayman Clubsport MR driven by Nicolas Gomar and Julien Lambert won the race.