The Saleen S7R scores a double victory at 10000 Tours
For the opening race of the season, we entered four cars including the "in house" freshly restored Toyota 92 CV at the 10000 Tours, our favorite event in the great Peter Auto calendar, held at Le Castellet.
Last year’s GT1b championship winning Saleen S7R chassis 029R was very successful again. Untouchable in its category despite FIA-Gold drivers in the Vipers, Prodrive Ferrari 550 & Aston Martin DBRS9 plus another Saleen, it secured pole position, fastest lap and two GT1b victories. Basically it fought out against the LMPs and even reached the 3rd overall classification on Saturday. On Sunday it almost took P1 at the first corner and consistently ran 2nd behind the Bentley LMP, but at the end of the race it couldn’t hold off the much faster Lola-MG LMP and the beautiful Panoz but secured a remarkable 4th place finish. The car was really impressive all through the race meeting and it left its direct contenders pretty far behind.
The Corona Extra sponsored Viper GTS/R C25 ( a pretty good joke under post confinement circumstances … ) was driven by Eric Helary the former 1993 Le Mans winner. It achieved an impressive qualifying time and took second place in GT1b behind the Saleen.
This success is all the more memorable as it is the first 1-2 finish for Iconic Racing.
The fabulous ex. Factory Viper C20 did pretty well throughout the week end and ran faultlessly, reaching an impressive 300.5 km/h top speed on the Mistral straight.
The Toyota briefly displayed its amazing pace in the hands of Eric qualifying on pole but suffered an oil pump failure. As the housing is made of magnesium and quite fragile we decided not to attempt a repair.
The car will be back at Monza and will be able to display its full winning potential.
Both the Saleen and Viper are for sale :