The SRO Racing Festival is traditionally one of the most intense racing weekends in French motorsport, with no less than 20 races over 2 days. It brings together 8 categories, from single-seaters to GT4, from the Mitjet to the Porsche Cup. As usual, the Circuit Paul Ricard hosted the final races, and the crowning of the season’s winners.
The GT FFSA (French GT4 championship) has now reached maturity in terms of number of entries (around 40 at each race!) and intensity of competition.
To everyone’s surprise, the duo of Varutti / Piguet took the 2022 title, although they stood 36 points behind the Alpine of Prost / Servol before the two races scheduled this weekend. A victory in race one followed by a 3rd place in race two, while the Alpine retired in the 1st lap, and the situation was suddenly turned upside down in favour of the AVR-AVVATAR Porsche !
Marvin Klein (CLRT) won the 31st edition of the Porsche Carrera Cup France, pipping Dorian Boccolacci (Martinet by Alméras) in the final races of the year.
Klein arrived in Provence 14 points ahead of his rival, and he confirmed the hierarchy there, winning both races after some superb fights with Boccolacci.
In the Alpine Elf Europa Cup, after the first 5 events on the calendar, only Lucas Frayssinet, Simon Tirman and Paul Cauhaupé could still claim the win… And the €40,000 prize money for a future move to GT4. In race 1, Paul Cauhaupé won by valiantly resisting the pressure of Lucas Frayssinet, whose result meant a big step towards the crown, with the retirement of Simon Tirman. Tirman was forced to win race 2 to keep a chance; he well took the victory ahead of Cauhaupé… But Frayssinet’s 5th place was enough for the title !
Last but not least, a double race victory sealed Pro-Am title for Saelens and Longin in the GT2 European series… The race 2 saw a dramatic finish : the PK Carpsort Audi duo managed to pass title rivals Sladecka / Rosina for second and then emerged leaders after the pitstops on Saturday evening. At that time, this rush was not sufficient to be entitled… But a contact whilst challenging for 2nd knocked the #15 KTM out of the race, ending their championship dream with just 10 minutes remaining !
Photos by Yann Séité
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