Hexis Racing - Maiden European victory in Nogaro ...

Hexis Racing - Maiden European victory in Nogaro ...

11.10.2008: Hexis Racing - Maiden European victory in Nogaro ...

FIA GT3 European Championship (Nogaro review / Dubai preview)

FFSA GT French Championship (Magny-Cours preview)

After savouring success in the French and German championships, Hexis Racing achieved an historic first European victory in Nogaro. The team's two youngest drivers, Thomas Accary and Pierre-Brice Mena, drove a peerless Race 1, handing the squad from Gard a result that bodes well for their title hopes. Of course, two titles would be better than one, so Dubai in December is firmly in the team's sights, too!

"We weren't expecting it to be easy," said team-manager Philippe Dumas after the French leg of the European FIA championship. "I must admit I would have gladly settled for a Top 5 spot," he added. "We raced here twice in the French championship and realised that the Aston Martin didn't particularly enjoy this circuit, with its bumpy road surface, tight turns and sharp braking at the end of the main straight. But we ended up with valuable set of results.

As in Brno, all six drivers were in the points. Our youngsters were irresistible on the Saturday and followed up with a 4th place on the Sunday. Manu and Julien Rodrigues had their best outing of the season, coming 6th in Race 1 after twice clocking the 8th fastest time during qualifying. Fred Makowiecki and Jean-Claude Lagniez could easily have been on the podium on Sunday.

Fred clocked a mind-boggling time in qualifying, just 8 thousandths of a second short of James Ruffier's Corvette. In Race 2 he was one of a group of three who opened up a 15-second gap over the rest of the field, only to see the lead absorbed when the safety car came out."

Hexis Racing have already claimed the Aston Martin Cup, which rewards the leading user of the British cars. But the hardest is still to come. "It's looking good for the team runners-up spot which, in my estimation, will already be a victory because the Ford GT is really pushing the limit of what a GT3 car should be," said Philippe Dumas.

"As for finishing top of the team standings, I'd say since it's impossible let's go for it! On the other hand, I'd say we can definitely win the European driver's championship with Pierre-Brice and Thomas in Dubai. Everyone is up for it. We already proved in 2007 that this circuit suits us.

That time Fred was in pole, and until 20 minutes from the end of the race the car held a comfortable 40-second lead. The dynamics are good, we have three weeks in which to prepare and get the cars ready for the big day. Let's get to work!

...and a surprise in store for Magny-Cours!

After the good results it obtained in GT3 - with more to come - it comes as no surprise to see Hexis Racing moving towards GT1! It's only a one-off but the surprise package is such a prestigious and handsome one that it would be a shame to miss it! Philippe Dumas, who will share the wheel of a Ferrari 550 Maranello with Pedro Lamy in the final of the French FFSA GT championship at Magny-Cours, filled us in on the details.

"The idea for the project came from the Dor family at Care Racing. They want to demonstrate that this car is operational and capable of winning races in a decent GT1 championship in France. This is the car that turns out in FIA GT for ACA Argentina, driven by former F1 racing drivers Esteban Tuero and Gaston Mazzacane.

As Larbre Compétition already has two Saleens entered for Magny-Cours and is going flat out for the French Champion's title with Bouchut and Bornhauser, Jack Leconte has asked us to take care of the Ferrari. A Larbre mechanic will be helping us out and we'll have a mechanic and an engineer from Solution F for the engine.

For us at Hexis Racing, the opportunity to race a car like this one and to support a driver of Pedro Lamy's calibre is bound to be a fantastic experience and educational. Not only is Pedro an official Peugeot Sport driver, poleman in the Spa 24 Hour race and former Grand Prix driver, but he is also widely appreciated as a great person."

www.hexisracing.com

 

- Romain Didier / future racing commm- also photos

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11.10.2008 / MaP

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