Grand Prix de Pau: with a driver, in the paddocks of the Ferdinand Cup


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At 72, this racing car collector is happy to return to the Grand Prix de Pau where he has already raced « 5-6 times », made « a lot of podiums » and « won in 2012 at the wheel of a Porsche 356 , a race where there were only 356s. » But this is the first time that this classic driver has taken part in the Ferdinand Cup « which allowed me to register with my 1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GT. is a rally car and I wanted to race with that one ».

Pau, a “fantastic circuit”

“I particularly like the Pau circuit, explains Jean-Marc Bussolini. It’s a completely fantastic, complete, technical and fast city circuit”. “We have two or three places to overtake, but we have to be precise and serious. It’s a reputedly dangerous circuit, and yet in the two 45-minute sessions I did, we didn’t get a yellow flag. I still remember breaking my arm, one day, in the Beaumont bend, on a return of the steering wheel after touching.

The Ferdinand Cup Porsches are wisely lined up in the Rives du Gave car park.


The Ferdinand Cup Porsches are wisely lined up in the Rives du Gave car park.

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He who started the race at the age of 40 “for fun”, switched to classic vehicles in 2008: “It’s the same driving pleasure, but there is also the object. In a paddock like this, each car is different, its displacement, its preparation too, each has its own personality”. The enthusiast also salutes the work of his preparers, two Belgians Jean-Marie Duysens and Robert Nicolet of SG Racing: “All the pleasure I have is thanks to them. I can wash the windshield, he laughs. I tell them what I feel and they make the necessary adjustments. We’ve been working together for 14 years.

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14 years old and many races on the clock. The amateur driver participates in “6 to 8 lines per year”, notably the Tour Auto, the Tour de Corse, the Modena Cento Ore in Italy or Le Mans Classic. With a preference for itinerant races, rather than being, as here in Pau, a plateau among others, waiting for its turn. « On a three-day meeting, we only drive four times 45 minutes, that’s not much », specifies Jean-Marc Bussolini who once again believes in his chances on the Pau circuit, he who was then in 4th place in the qualifications. We will find out after race 2, which is due to start at 3:05 p.m. this Sunday.

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