TC France, Nogaro (Q1): van der Ende (BMW) and pole!


According to the TC France website:

The tension was palpable this Sunday morning as we set off for the very first qualifying practice session in the history of the French FFSA Tourism Championship. Who was going to be the first polemen of the season in the four categories?

As hoped, we had the right to an intense fight with the first eight grouped in only 7 tenths of a second! Discreet during free practice, Ricardo van der Ende made all his experience speak by striking at the right time: in 1’35”903, the Dutchman placed the BMW M2 CS Racing of the L’Espace Bienvenue team in pole position . When we remember that he also took pole in the FFSA GT at the start of the 2020 season, we say to ourselves that Ricardo definitely has a special relationship with the Paul Armagnac Circuit in Nogaro.

Behind the BMW # 16, Florian Briché (JSB Competition) was the best representative of the Peugeot 308 RC after conceding 395/1000e of a second. With Steven Palette (BMW M2 CS Racing – VSF Sport Amplitude Automobile) in third place and Lucas Frayssinet (Alpine A110 Cup – Chazel Technologie Course) fourth, the three brands present in the TC category will be on the first two rows of the grid. departure.

In view of the reduced gaps, boys like Pierre-Arnaud Navarro (Peugeot 308 RC – JSB Competition), Xavier Guyonnet (Peugeot 308 RC – TSM Racing by GM Sport), Frédéric Caprasse ( Peugeot 308 RC – JSB Competition) and Kevin Ropars (Peugeot 308 RC – Ropars Racing Team-Motors Legend), separated by less than two tenths of a second.

In the TCA1 category, Christian Philippon snatched pole position in the very last moments in the Peugeot RCZ Racing Cup Espace Racing. The veteran of the peloton thus beat the similar model of Florent Grizaud (GPA Racing) by… 36/1000e second! Less than three tenths behind, Julien Jacob-Cano (Peugeot RCZ Racing Cup – Runner For Ever) took third place ahead of Dorian Duthil (Peugeot RCZ Racing Cup – Cap Racing by Espace Racing) and Jonathan Boutboul (Peugeot RCZ Racing Cup – Espace Racing ).

In TCA2, the young Enzo Carvalhido (16) confirmed his favorite status with the Renault Clio Cup IV of Sport Auto Racing, even if Julien Carli (Renault Clio Cup IV – GM Sport) was only a little over 6 tenths of a second.

Finally, the TCA Light saw the three Peugeot 208 RCs of Ropars Racing Team-Motors Legend separated by 595/1000esecond only. Viny Beltramelli had the last word in front of Jonas Venier and Sacha Maguet.

With such gaps, the first race in the history of the French FFSA Tourism Championship promises to be very uncertain. So be there live from 4:05 p.m. on the GT World YouTube channel or on the FFSA Tourism Facebook page for a first departure at 4:15 p.m.!

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