Poleman Jim Pla made good his escape at the start of the race with his teammate Simon Gachet, in the other Mercedes-AMG GT4 of the AKKA-ASP team, up to second place before a suspension problem on the car he shared with Eric Debard put an end to the duo’s ambitions.
After taking over from Jim Pla, Jean-Luc Beaubelique returned to the track ten seconds ahead of Rodolphe Wallgren, the Alpine A110 GT4 #222 that the Montpellier driver shares with Gaël Castelli was gradually closing in on the lead Mercedes-AMG, even before Nicolas Gomar’s exit from the track (Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 #89 AGS Events) brought out a full course yellow which would close in the gaps ahead of a grandstand finish.
When the safety car pitted, Jean-Luc Beaubelique defended his position hard against a very persistent Rodolphe Wallgren, but the Alpine Mirage Racing driver managed to find a way through. Already winners on Sunday, Gaël Castelli and Rodolphe Wallgren left Nogaro with the maximum number of points!
Behind, Jean-Luc Beaubelique and Jim Pla finished 2nd place in Pro-Am, the third position going to Vincent Beltoise and Romano Ricci (Alpine A110 GT4 #13 Mirage Racing).
After their second place the day before, Nicolas Prost and Rudy Servol (Alpine A110 GT4 #36 CMR) once again scored important points by finishing fourth in front of Thomas Drouet and Fabien Barthez (Mercedes-AMG GT4 #16 AKKA ASP).
Silver Cup: Hasse-Clot and Leroux take the lead
In the Silver Cup, too, the race result played out in the very last moments. After a very good start to the race by his teammate Valentin Hasse-Clot, who started from pole position with the AGS Events Aston Martin Vantage AMR #007, young Romain Leroux completed the job in hand to score a first victory in his first GT race weekend.
Stéphane Lémeret spared no effort at the end of the race in trying to take the win. After technical problems on Saturday, his duo with Matéo Herrero (Alpine A110 GT4 #110 CMR) finally secured second.
Sunday’s Silver Cup winners, Timothé Buret and Paul Evrard (Mercedes-AMG GT4 #88 AKKA ASP) started this time from 21st place on the starting grid and from there on in it was maximum attack.
It would pay off with the final podium spot secured on the very last lap.
In the championship, they are just three points behind Valentin Hasse-Clot and Romain Leroux.
On the podium on Sunday, Benoit Castagné and Nelson Lukes just missed out on a new 3rd place with the K-Worx Racing Ginetta G55, but they were ahead of Antoine Potty and Erwan Bastard, again 5th in the Silver Cup on the Toyota GR Supra GT4 from CMR.
Am Cup: Alpine History Makers
A tiny bit of history was created by the win in the AM class of the #76 Bodemer Auto Alpine A110 GT4 with Jean-Charles Rédélé taking the win alongside team-mate Laurent Coubard.
Rédélé is the son of the founder of the Alpine brand Jean Rédélé!
The pairing showed form last year with fifth in the class standings in 2020 but were hampered in race one by a technical issue.
The Monday win though would see them take their first class victory defeating race 1 winners of the day Christophe Hamon and Pascal Huteau (Audi R8 LMS GT4 #5 Team Fullmotorsport).
The Audi pair though will go to the second race weekend of the season at Magny Cours as solid championship leaders.
With a second-place on Sunday and a bronze medal on Monday, Christophe Carrière and Didier Dumaine (Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 #161 AGS Events) started their season very well too.
Their teammates Stéphane Desbrosse and Lauris Nauroy (on Aston Martin #79) finished just off the podium ahead of Lebanese Jihad Aboujaoudé and Shahan Sarkissian (Mercedes-AMG GT4 #4 CD Sport).