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2006 Race Reports

Dijon-Prenois, France, 6 - 8 October 2006

   
     
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  A sixteen car entry for the last race of the season resulted in some great racing all down the field, in brilliant Dijon sunshine.

Following a tentative free practice on a damp track on Friday afternoon, the qualifying session on Saturday had David Mercer (C1 Spice) in a fabulous time 1:12.208 ahead of Chris Randall (Nissan NPT1 GTP) and a trio in the 1:17s of Richard Eyre (Porsche 962), Jim Mullen (GTP Spice) and Gary Pearson in the indecently quick, ADA Cosworth DFZ (Class 2 C2), and the hard charging Andrew Smith in the first of the two Ecosses, leading class 4! Alas Mercer's car had problems with the scavenge pumps and did not make the start, although they repaired it for Race 2.

Race 1 (40 minutes) - Chris Randall went straight into a lead that was never challenged but Richard Eyre and Gary Pearson were having terrific scrap for 2nd with Pearson almost running under Eyre's wing. Alas this dice ended when Pearson had door glass failure and had to retire leaving Mullen perfectly placed to take 3rd at the flag after a great drive and fastest lap of 1:16.389s. See Race 2 for an interesting take on the Pearson/Mullen race story!

The Ecosses of Andrew Smith (Cosworth) and Alasdair McCaig (Rover) had a crowd thrilling race with McCaig getting passed Smith on the opening lap and holding onto the 'lead' until the end, although Smith had backed off due to a slow puncture, nearly being caught by Richard Oddie in the GTP Argo. Real nose to tail stuff for over 20 laps as were the Mazda of Jim Loftis and the Bardon of Duncan McKay.

The final overall result was Randall, Eyre and Mullen.

Class winners: Randall and McCaig.

Fastest lap: Jim Mullen 1:16.389 (179.187kph).

Race 2 (40 minutes) - With the track now a bit warmer on Sunday afternoon, Gary Pearson was now in Jim Mullen's GTP Spice (as the ADA could not be fixed in time and a flight mix-up resulted in poor Jim Mullen on his way back to the USA)! So a start from the back of the grid for Gary and Mercer in the late repaired Spice. Fireworks were prospect!
Meanwhile at the front of the grid Chris Randall looked all set for win number 2 but motor racing isn't like that!!

By the start of lap 2 Pearson was in 3rd and Mercer 4th!! Alas, lap 4 resulted in engine failure for Mercer and Pearson went after Eyre running in 2nd and passed him on lap 8 only for poor Randall to blow the Nissan engine and suddenly Pearson was leading, setting a fastest lap of 1:14.545 (164.067kph)!!! Not bad for his first race in the Chevrolet engined GTP Spice, and thrilling owner Jim Mullen, who was now in the airport!

McCaig had again got in front of Smith in the Ecosse by the end of lap 1 only for Smith to get back in front by lap 4 and they ran 'as one' for another 5 laps until McCaig's brand new engine expired (much to the disappointment of father Hugh McCaig, watching on the pit wall!).

Oddie, in the GTP Argo, watched all this excitement to finish 4th and the three, non Ecosse, Class 4 cars of Loftis (Mazda), McKay (Bardon) and Bateman (Tiga) behind him continued their scrap to the flag.

The final overall result: Gary Pearson, Richard Eyre and Andrew Smith.

Class wins for Pearson and Smith

Fastest lap: Gary Pearson 1:14.545 (164.067kph)
 

  Qualifying  
     
 
Pos No Driver Nat Car Class Time Lap Gap Kph
1 21 David MERCER GB Spice SE 90 C - DFR GTP1 1:12.208 12   189.502
2 88 Chris RANDALL GB Nissan NTP 1 GTP GTP1 1:15.210 9 3.002 181.938
3 6 Richard EYRE GB Porsche 962 GTP1 1:17.119 11 4.911 177.434
4 12 Gary PEARSON GB Spice GTP GTP1 1:17.249 19 5.041 177.136
5 75 Gary PEARSON GB ADA Cosworth DFZ GTP3 1:17.869 11 5.661 175.725
6 78 Andrew SMITH GB Ecosse - Ford 285 GTP4 1:19.802 12 7.594 171.469
7 79 Alasdair McCAIG GB Ecosse - Rover GTP4 1:21.493 18 9.285 167.911
8 39 Klaus FERS D Porsche 962 GTP1 1:21.532 16 9.324 167.831
9 28 Richard ODDIE GB Argo JM 20 C GTP1 1:27.354 9 15.146 156.645
10 37 Richard BATEMAN GB Tiga Rover GC 287 GTP4 1:33.497 17 21.289 146.353
11 103 Duncan McKAY GB Bardon Ford DB 2 GTP4 1:33.588 11 21.380 146.211
12 203 Jim LOFTIS USA Mazda 757 GTP4 1:35.251 15 23.043 143.658
13 81 Richard CHESTER GB Tiga Buick GTP GTP4 1:56.567 6 44.359 117.388
 

  Race 1  
     
 
Pos No Driver Nat Car Class Laps Time Gap Average Kph Time Lap Lap Kph
1 88 Chris RANDALL GB Nissan NTP 1 GTP GTP1 31 40:08.245   176.141 1:16.677 23 178.457
2 6 Richard EYRE GB Porsche 962 GTP1 31 40:53.538 45.293 172.889 1:17.879 4 175.703
3 12 Gary PEARSON GB Spice GTP GTP1 31 40:59.226 50.981 172.489 1:16.399 27 179.107
4 79 Alasdair McCAIG GB Ecosse - Rover GTP4 29 40:20.981 2 Laps 163.910 1:21.928 16 167.019
5 78 Andrew SMITH GB Ecosse - Ford 285 GTP4 29 40:39.464 2 Laps 162.668 1:22.233 17 166.400
6 28 Richard ODDIE GB Argo JM 20 C GTP1 28 41:21.965 3 Laps 154.369 1:24.454 12 162.024
7 203 Jim LOFTIS USA Mazda 757 GTP4 27 41:00.158 4 Laps 150.176 1:28.312 13 154.946
8 103 Duncan McKAY GB Bardon Ford DB 2 GTP4 26 40:23.393 5 Laps 146.808 1:30.113 8 151.849
9 37 Richard BATEMAN GB Tiga Rover GC 287 GTP4 26 41:10.185 5 Laps 144.027 1:31.853 26 148.972
10 75 Gary PEARSON GB ADA Cosworth DFZ GTP3 20 26:26.314 11 Laps 172.520 1:17.731 11 176.037
11 81 Richard CHESTER GB Tiga Buick GTP GTP4 17 28:39.464 14 Laps 135.287 1:38.674 13 138.674
DNS
  21 David MERCER GB Spice SE 90 C - DFR GTP1              
 

  Race 2  
     
 
Pos No Driver Nat Car Class Laps Time Gap Average Kph Time Lap Lap Kph
1 12 Gary PEARSON GB Spice GTP GTP1 32 40:49.646   178.750 1:14.340 14 184.067
2 6 Richard EYRE GB Porsche 962 GTP1 32 41:50.062 1:00.416 174.447 1:15.614 9 180.966
3 78 Andrew SMITH GB Ecosse - Ford 285 GTP4 29 41:37.443 3 Laps 158.892 1:22.754 7 165.352
4 28 Richard ODDIE GB Argo JM 20 C GTP1 28 41:41.737 4 Laps 153.149 1:26.514 23 158.166
5 203 Jim LOFTIS USA Mazda 757 GTP4 27 41:31.781 5 Laps 148.270 1:29.432 9 153.005
6 103 Duncan McKAY GB Bardon Ford DB 2 GTP4 27 42:08.732 5 Laps 146.103 1:30.229 27 151.654
7 37 Richard BATEMAN GB Tiga Rover GC 287 GTP4 27 42:09.416 5 Laps 146.064 1:30.375 27 151.409
8 79 Alasdair McCAIG GB Ecosse - Rover GTP4 9 12:41.902 23 Laps 161.638 1:22.746 7 165.368
9 88 Chris RANDALL GB Nissan NTP 1 GTP GTP1 8 10:15.788 24 Laps 177.770 1:15.101 4 182.202
10 80 David MERCER GB Spice SE 90 - DFR GTP1 3 4:06.571 29 Laps 166.486 1:17.738 3 176.022
 

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