a much awaited recovery!


The Gers circuit hosted the Coupe de France des Circuits for the traditional meeting at the start of the season. A long awaited moment for the competitors who responded in number to the call with 193 cars present in the different groups!

We have known better, but it’s much better than in previous seasons for this championship which remains the gateway for circuit racing fans in France.

French Circuits Cup

Group A

At home the Gersois shone! Mathieu Rigoulet took pole position but it was the reigning champion Stéphane Eychenne who won the first race for only 0 « 19. Third place for Didier Cousserand. Stéphane Eychenne did it again in the second race with a large victory this time. both ahead of Mathieu Rigoulet and François Samy Two victories in A6 and a 10th place in race 1, a successful weekend for Mickaël Bessede.

Championship: 1st – Eychenne (101 points) 2nd – Rigoulet (87 points) 3rd tied – Cousserand and Samy (68 points) 5th – Bessede (48 points)

GT Group

It had been a long time since we had seen more than 15 cars in the GT Group in the Coupe de France des Circuits. The favorite being of course Roland Chotard but Olivier Morihain also had a Porsche 991 Cup. From the qualifiers Roland Chotard set the tone. He took off from the start of the first race while behind we already lost a candidate for the podium with the exit of the track from the Golf TCR Boujuau.

Chotard won without forcing ahead of Morihain and Franck Labescat’s Caterham. Chotard proved intractable in the second race by winning with more than 25 « ahead of Thomas Davaille’s Mitjet Supertourisme and Massimo Manganaro’s Caterham.

Championship: 1st – Chotard (101 points) 2nd – Davaille (76 points) 3rd tied – Labescat and Manganaro (74 points) 5th – Boitard (50 points)

Group N

After 3 seasons dominated by Sébastien Seveau, the stuntman left his friends from Group N alone. Enough to whet the appetite of 3 regular Group N competitors for several seasons: Olivier Gillard (2013 Champion), Renaud de Chaponnière (2014 champion) and Benoit Belouin (2020 vice-champion).

In qualifying, Benoît Belouin confirmed his performances for the 2020 season by taking pole. Belouin dominated the start of the race but Gillard took advantage of a small error by his opponent to win, third place for De Chaponnière. The trio finished the second race in the same order. Colin Boreau was the fastest under 2L over the 2 races.

Championship: 1st – Gillard (101 points) 2nd – Belouin (87 points) 3rd – De Chaponnière (73 points) 4th tied – Da Silva and Boreau (59 points)

Single-seater group

After his 2020 title, Roberto Bibi continued his momentum by taking pole for about 2 « ahead of his 2 main opponents of the previous season: Rémy Fievre and Steve Macé. But it was Fievre who won the first race ahead Macé and Bibi Bibi won the second race ahead of Fievre and Daniel Harout, mechanics teacher at the Lycée d’Artagnan in Nogaro.In Formula Ford, Manuel Béguinot and Sylvain Debs were the fastest.

Championship: 1st – Fievre (94 points) 2nd – Bibi (89 points) 3rd – Macé (82 points) 4th – Ortholan (66 points) 5th – Harout (61 points)

Sports Prototypes Group

Nice field with about fifteen competitors on CM prototypes, Hackers and the old Cups of the Future. The man to beat was of course the poleman and double reigning champion François Mouly!

And it was Xavier Duvignau who atomized the competition during this first race by finishing respectively 17 « and 34 » ahead of the talented François Mouly and Thierry Martinez! Duvignau again dominated the second race ahead of Mouly and this time with Bernard Dupuy on the last step of the podium.

Championship: 1st – Duvignau (101 points) 2nd – Mouly (91 points) 3rd – Dupuy (73 points) 4th – Tabone (59 points) 5th – Lebeaupin (51 points)

HTCC

We expected to see in front of the Ford Sierra de Guerdoux and Béziat or the Ford Mustang of the Astuguevieille family. But at the wheel of a supercharged BMW 2002, Bernard Frugier caused trouble by taking pole. In the end, he finished the 2 second races behind Guerdoux and ahead of the Mustang, which was still very efficient on the Gers track. With more than 30 competitors, a successful start to the season in the ranks of the HTCC.

Twin’Cup

@ Jean-Francois Lesenne

Out of the 4 sprint races, Thierry Martinez and Thomas Laisné each won 2 races. It was also a solid weekend for Maxime Albertella who finished each time on the podium. Théo Grasset won the long race ahead of Thomas Laisné.

Finally, Caroline Diviès, General Director of the Circuit Paul Armagnac de Nogaro spoke to the FFSA:

We were impatiently awaiting this new season in the Coupe de France des Circuits but also under pressure since we were the first to organize such an event for some time. With 193 cars entered for 230 drivers, my whole team and I are very proud of the work that has been done by the whole organization.

The event went perfectly well, both sportingly and in terms of health. All the people present on the circuit during these few days had a smile despite the masks. We could feel that people were delighted to be there to participate in the return of the competition.

I would like to congratulate and thank the work of the commissioners and the volunteers, without whom nothing would have been possible this weekend. Although the competition is the first organized for some time on our circuit, the rigor they have shown proves that all of our management was motivated to work conscientiously.

The sanitary protocol put in place for the occasion was respected by everyone, from start to finish. People are more and more aware and understand that by applying it to the letter, we can continue to live our passion. We had established rules to limit meetings between people: the podium was made outside while respecting social distancing, the cafeteria prepared take-out meals without the possibility of consumption at the counter, etc.

Our excellent relationship with the Gers prefecture was also a key to the success of the event. We know their rigor and apply it as needed. We were one of the first to announce a postponement last year (Easter Cups) and have been in regular discussions with them to be able to go to the end of our 2020 season. The current situation of the department has enabled us to receive the receipt. from the prefecture in the middle of last week.

Finally, a big thank you to the Federation, and in particular to its Legal Department, which provided us with all its help regarding the file to be transmitted to the prefecture. We were able to get the visa quickly, allowing us to prepare for the event as quickly as possible. It is thanks to the good relationship between the different parties and effective common work that this start of the season was a success.



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