When autumn comes, lovers, fans and enthusiasts 2CV no longer hold up. For, as tradition dictates, the end of the season is synonymous with double clock tower reserved for the ingenious invention of André Citroën on the most beautiful circuit in the world: Spa-Francorchamps. For this 2010 edition, the organizing team has been redesigned, and the 2CV Racing Teams, led by Johnny lugens and Thierry Bonhomme has taken things in hand, to create 24H02CV. This means that Deucher will be able to romp 24 hours ... and 2 short minutes before we can know the names of the successors of Licops-Licops-Bertho, winners of the last two editions, this classic track record of the Bulge.
An event that occurs can not be better, with a squad full of 50 to 55 cars, the commitments are not yet closed. And if it is too early to list the favorites, the kings of the 2CV have already confirmed their presence, of course with the family Licops but also Close, Abrahams, Honin, Gaban, Van de Wauw, Heckters et al. And it is with delight that the 2CVRT recorded the return of alumni who are returning to their first love, but also the arrival of crews who preferred other types of competitions in recent years.
Statutorily, nothing, or almost, has changed, the plateau 24H02CV 2010 consisting of cars divided into classes H (Hybrid, BMW mechanics), P (Protos, mechanical Citroen), A (Improved, mechanical Citroen), C (Classic, mechanical Citroen) and X (Experimental, mechanical hybrid gasoline-electric or full electric, subject to approval by the CIBN). To this must be added the famous Dutch Burton Construction, which had hit the headlines last year.
But 24H02CV 2010 is not only a race as exciting as it is. The concentration of 2CV, inescapable, of course, remains in the program, culminating in a huge parade on the track together hundreds of 2CV, Dyane and derivative versions. A huge coil colorful certainly one of the great moments of the season from the Spa-Francorchamps. In collaboration with Radio Nostalgie, an evening will be held Saturday in the structures of the Eau Rouge at the foot of Raidillon. An ideal choice, since the 2010 24H02CV use only one pit lane, the lower one, called Endurance.
We would also note that the preliminary program of the double clock tower will be reserved for prestigious 2CV too, with the bombinettes Legends Cars Cup Benelux, imposing platoon BGDC (Belgian Gentlemen Drivers Club) and TTE (Tourist Trophy Endurance racing French) together, without forgetting the Smart Car Cup.
The 2010 24H02CV take place over three days, Friday 15, Saturday 16 and Sunday, October 17, starting with a double clock tower given on Saturday at around 16:00 and arrived 24 hours and 2 minutes ... later. The appointment is made ...
Honin Roof 1 (Van de Wauw-Gaban-Honin-Orel)
back on the top step of the podium
Text courtesy of Vincent Franssen
Played in a warm fall weather that is particularly well suited to the event, the 26th Le Mans 24 Hour 2CV, which are geared to the appellation 24H02CV, once again finished the official season of competition on the circuit of Spa-Francorchamps. This Saturday, October 16, at the stroke of 16:30, Francois Cornelis, President of CIBN, gave the kickoff of a double clock tower and comprising some 55 Dyane 2CV en folie, categorized Hybrids (BMW mechanics) , Protos (mechanical Citroen) Scheme, Classics and Experimental.
If JMCE1 # 1, winner of the last two editions (Licops-Licops-Licops-Peiffer) had been on pole position is that devil Ludovic Sougnez, driving faster Protos (# 2 Brussels Training Company Patrick Albert and Charlie Malcause) who completed the first lap ahead of the pack, backed by the # 33 2CV Evolution Kieltyka-Serwy-Defays-Quittre).Quickly, the # 1 and # 29 Licops Beaufort 1 (Van Istas Gysegem-Beaufort) monopolized the top positions, quickly joined by the # 40 Honin Roofing (Van de Wauw-Gaban-Honin-Orel), what form a front three that would bind the hours of racing in that order.
While leaders swallowed towers, already accumulating for some trouble, the # 62 Sport VDM (Marchandisse Gregory Wiliquet-Verstraelen-Brugmans-Vandermaesen) and # 25 Modal TDS 4 (Van Rijckevorsel-Cammaerts-Colson Vandenbroucke-), which inaugurated the list of dropouts. Very early in the race, several teams were also forced to make the change of the engine of their vehicle, which resulted in loss of course of time, but also a penalty of 10 laps, as required by regulation. As for # 33 and # 2CV Evolution 2 Brussels Training is a penalty turn which added to their meters, respectively for non-compliance with a Code 60 and overtaking under yellow flags.
The top ranking in the state remained until 6:30 am, the moment chosen by the fuel pump of the # 1 JMCE1 to give up the ghost, the meteor winner in 2008 and 2009 being reduced to the string. Barring a miracle, the family did not succeed Licops it three. The # 40 Roof Honin 1 is hoisted when the command advantageous position that it would retain until the end of 24 hours and 2 minutes. And yet it would have taken much ... "For some reason we do not know yet, we were victims of a lack of fuel while I was finishing a tour, explains Jean-Pierre Van de Wauw. Fortunately we were in Francorchamps, and the endurance boxes are preceded by a raid, otherwise it was the cata! "More fear than harm, however, and this victory makes Vande Pascal Gaban and Michel Honin to register for the second time their names in the Top 24 Hours 2CV. "Jean-Pierre won in 2001, and Pascal and I in 2002, said Michel Honin. And I am particularly proud Orel Antony wins his first success under our colors. It is a very reliable driver, and we left him finish the race and pass the checkered flag. We waited almost 10 years before replacing it, but it feels good! "
If the leaders have not been many different, much has been fought the fight for the podium. Disillusionment with the key to several crews advanced unlucky. Starting with the # 33 2CV Evolution, victim of a faulty clutch, the # 7 Team Depairon (Henry Rensonnet-Poes-Beaupain), which had an engine change at about 10 o'clock in the morning, but also and especially the # 8 Phoenix Racing-Heckters lugens-bonhomie-Santkin, which was exceeded by ... one of its wheels in the early morning (broken cardan) before seeing a release valve for the arrival.
It is therefore the Beaufort # 29 1 (Van-Gysegem Istas-Beaufort), eternal Poulidor Platoon 2CV, who took the silver medal, ahead of # 63 SSM British Myatt, O'Keeffe, Turner and Fritchley who took their revenge after their exclusion from last year. The # 65 Team 1 Panini De Latre of Bosqueau, Simon and Van Marsenille Roustan and # 1 JMCE1 the unfortunate Licops-Licops-Licops-Peiffer rounded out the top 5 final.
Side of Protos, the # 2 Brussels Sougnez Education, Albert and Malcause has dominated much of the race ... before suffering an engine failure for the impromptu arrival. And as the # 20 Team Panini 2 (Mikulinsk-Mikulinsk-Vannerom), another contender for victory, had collided with a slower competitor in the morning, the victory was for the # 10 Racing 1 BC, Beckers, Mossay, Colruyt and Liard two laps ahead of the # 99 Isotoit Isoplast TDS-2, Linen-De-Robiano Eggermont-De Kerf. The top 3 was completed by the # 17 Speed-Roissart Deuche De Bry-Masson.
More clear was the race of Scheme, with a clear victory for the # 79 Motor Sport Recreation driven Dewalque Yves Olivier Lince, Sebastien Lince and Albert Engler, who referred the Competition # 13 Trapanelle Chenier-Laye-Penin-Ageorges to 10 laps.This is the # 48 All-Connects Minne Minne Minne-has captured the smallest step of the podium.
In Classics, # 68 Team-FG Alsatians Stoerkler Ehrardt-Julich emerged winner of a beautiful duel against # 97 Saniphil DS-RT 3 of Delfairière Delfairière-Lallemand-Van Den Bergh, these decidedly reliable dodoche close to series hanging in the top 30 places, before the # 69 The 2CV Mania Beaujean-Marshal Hoyemakers-Collin.
Unable to ignore the great race of the original Burton Dutch construction that Heger, Masson, Roads, El Biar Ferral and have positioned an excellent 19th place finish, which earned them victory in Experimental, far ahead of Groep T # 85 Pegasus, the mechanical and thermal power, which inevitably makes its teething troubles on its first appearance in the race.
Once again, 24H02CV have the pride to passion, camaraderie and rebounds, to the delight of the promoters of 2CV Racing Teams. Go to twelve months for the 27th edition of a classic so different from others ...
Overall standings Honin-Van de Wauw-Gaban-Orel (Roof Honin 1), 362 laps 2. Van Gysegem-Istas-Beaufort (Beaufort 1), 1t. 3. Myatt-O'Keeffe-Turner-Frachtley (SSM), at 3t. 4. Latre of the Bosqueau-Simon-Van Marsenille Rostan (Panini Team 1), 4t. 5. Licops-Licops-Licops-Peiffer (JMCE1) at 7t. 6. Detilleux-Carere-Furlotti (Beaufort 3), 15t. 7. Vandermosten-Graff-Moureau (Team Manitou) at 20t. 8. Houbart-Zubek-Hody-Jaminet-Verjus (AG Racing Box) at 22t. 9. Beckers-Mossay-Colruyt-Liard (BC Racing 1), 1 Proto, to 24t. 10.Linen-De-De Eggermont Robiano-Kerf (Isotoit-Isoplast TDS2) at 26t. ... 18. Dewalque-Lince-Lince-Engler (Motor Sport and Leisure), 1 Improved 19. Heger-Masson-Roads-El-Biar Ferral (Burton Racing), 1 Experimental ... 28. Stoerkler-Erhardt-Julich (Tam FG), 1 Classic, etc..