Photo : - Julien HERGAULT - ACO/Nikon
The Pescarolo Team won the 6 Hours of Le Castellet with a flawless performance. For his comeback, the team's four-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans showed that he has not lost any of his competitiveness!
Starting from the back of the grid (due to non-compliance in qualification), Tinseau seized command in the the first hour of racing. His main opponents, the two Lola-Toyotas, were delayed because of a jammed gearbox (#12) and problems opening a door (#13). The Belicchi-Boullion car, however, remained in contact with the leaders, without ever managing to be really threatening. Finally, Olivier Pla was the victim of a puncture in the opening minutes of racing, and lost any chance of a competitive race for the Zytek.
At 18:00, Emmanuel Collard took the checkered flag as winner, then joined his teammates Tinseau and Julien Jousse on the podium. Seventeen months and two days after the last team victory in Okayama (Japan), Henri Pescarolo is back to winning ways and put a symbolic end to a dark period of his career as manager.
In LM P2, Karim Ojjeh, Gary and Tom Chalandon Kimber-Smith were victorious in the Zytek of Greaves Motorsport.
After the Porsche squad had been severely reduced by a collision at the start, the fight for victory in GTE PRO has essentially been a confrontation between Ferraris, but what a battle! Rob Bell and James Walker won the day ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella and Gianmaria Bruni. For its second race, the new 458 GTC confirms that e is the worthy heir to the 430.
The Felbermayr-Felbermayr-Ried porsche won in GTE AM.
Shell-Schultis-Simon won in Formula Le Mans.
Photo: Paul Ricard HTTT (Le Castellet), 6 HOURS Castellet, April 3, 2011. The Collard-Tinseau-Jousse win in the Pescarolo-Judd in the first round of the Le Mans Series.