TCR Benelux, Benjamin Lessennes : le titre de Champion Pilote ! Le titre Champion Junior !
TCR International, la victoire en Thailande pour Aurelien Panis !
Blancpain GT Sports Club : 3ème place Général au championnat pour Karim Ojjeh !
- TCR International, Honda, Aurelien Panis
TCR Benelux, Benjamin Lessennes : CHAMPION 2017 !
- 2016 : Stéphane Lemeret, Champion TCR Benelux, sur une Honda Boutsen Ginion !
- 2017 : Benjamin Lessennes, Champion TCR Benelux … sur une Honda Boutsen Ginion !
TCR Benelux, Benjamin Lessennes : Driver Champion ! Junior Champion !
TCR International, the win in Thailand for Aurelien Panis !
Blancpain GT Sports Club : 3rd place Overall for Karim Ojjeh !Below, the details of the season ..
BLANCPAIN GT SPORTS CLUB 2017Sept 2017, Blancpain GT Sports Club, Barcelona, Round 6
Saturday 30/09/17 : Qualif and qualifying race :Qualif :
- P7 : Karim Ojjeh
- P9 : CY Gosselin
- P14 : Pierre Feligioni
- TOP 10 for Pierre Feligioni !
- P21 : Karim Ojjeh, off
- NC : CY Gosselin, driveshaft broken
Start of the race under safety car for 2 laps, and then red flag due to too heavy rain !
The race will not resume.
- P10 : P. Feligioni
- P20 : CY Gosselin
- P22 : K Ojjeh
- Qualif : P5
- Race 1 : DNF
- Race 2 : DNS
Free practices, qualif … and qualifying race !
With our 3 cars :
- BMW M6, #2, de Karim Ojjeh,
- Lamborghini, #4, de Claude-Yves Gosselin
- Lamborghini, #6, de Pierre Feligioni
- P3 : Karim Ojjeh, BMW M6 #2
- P11 : CY Gosselin, Lambo #4
- P21 : Pierre Feligioni, Lambo #6
- P5 : Karim Ojjeh
- P10 : CY Gosselin
- P17 : Pierre Feligioni
2nd race of the weekend, this Sunday : the main race.
And again a hitch between several cars, which shortens us again our race time ..
Karim Ojjeh started P5 and gradually overtook the other competitors to end on the 3rd step of the podium! Is now 2nd in the Blancpain GT Sports Club Championship !Claude-Yves Gosselin took 2 points with his 10th place, Pierre Feligioni finished P17. Karim Ojjeh : “I guess you can say that the podium of the main race was the achievement of hard work from everyone in the team. It’s not “my” podium but “our” podium as a team. We are getting to know the car better and better. It will be harder at the last two races. However, we intent to be prepared!” June 2017, BLANCPAIN GT SPORTS CLUB, PAUL RICARD, Round 3
PRACTICE AND QUALIF SESSION : P2 ! !!
Great performance from our drivers !!!
Free practices and qualif session, it is very very warm outside and inside the car. 32 degrees ..Free practices 1 :
- P10 : Karim Ojjeh on the BMW M6, #2
- P15 : Claude-Yves Gosselin, Lambo #4
- P20 : Pierre Feligioni, Lambo #6
- P4 : Karim Ojjeh
- P8 : Claude-Yves Gosselin
- P20 : Pierre Feligioni
- P2 : Claude Yves Gosselin !
- P5 ; Karim Ojjeh
- P22 : Pierre Feligioni
The 2 races for the GT Sports Club on Sunday : great performance and good points for the championship for Karim Ojjeh (2 x P4) on the BMW M6 #2, the 3 Mercedes were too fast this week-end.
Claude Yves Gosselin (Lambo #4) started from the first row for race 1, he finished P7.
In the main race, Gosselin was hit and had to go back to the pit to change the rear tire.
Pierre Feligioni (Lambo #6) had also to come back to the pits due to contact.
Results :Qualif race :
- P4 : Karim Ojjeh
- P7 : Claude-Yves Gosselin
- P19 : Pierre Feligioni
- P4 : Karim Ojjeh
- P19 : Claude-Yves Gosselin
- P20 : Pierre Feligioni
Hectic race.. Karim Ojjeh finishes on the 3rd step of the podium !
Fastest lap of the race !
Claude-Yves Gosselin, (Lambo #4), has been hit on the back, but could rejoin and finish the race P20.
Pierre Feligioni, (Lambo #6), was blocked by another slower competitor, is P17.
Main race :
A thrilling race with the 3 first cars fighting for first position till the end of the race. Karim did a great job finishing P2 with the M6, with again the fastest lap of the race !
CY Gosselin started P20 did a good race, finishing P12.
Pierre Feligioni, progressing well, is P17.Karim Ojjeh : “A good step up. We needed after Mizano. We have now proved we can challenge the top cars and drivers. We simply need to continue the momentum. The team was great, but I will dedicate my podiums to Kevin, my race engineer who did a super job!” April 2017, BLANCPAIN GT SPORTS CLUB, MISANO, Round 1 : Qualifying race : TOP 9 ! 26 cars on the grid for the first round of the championship, 3 cars for our team, the BMW M6 and 2 Lamborghini Reiter, Qualif
- P18, CY Gosselin, Lambo #4
- P20, K.Ojjeh, BMW #2
- P23, P.Feligioni, Lambo #6
- TOP 9 for Karim Ojjeh !
- P10, CY Gosselin
- P19, P.Feligioni
TCR BENELUX & TCR INTERNATIONAL 2017
TCR International, DUBAI, Last meeting of the season
Free practices and qualifying session :
Action day for the cars of TCR International and the Honda #28 of Aurelien Panis,
Not our best result today, but we keep pushing with a change of turbo, for tomorrow,
- FP1 : P19
- FP2 : P20
- Qualif : P19
- Race 1 :
- Race 2 : Started P18, finished P13 with a broken splitter during the first lap of the race,
- Combined qualif : P3
- Qualif race : P5
- Sprint 1 : P3 – T Coronel
- Sprint 2 : P3 – T Coronel
- Sprint 3 : P6 – B Lessennes
- Sprint 4 : P5 – B Lessennes
- Championship TCR Benelux 2017 : P1 : B Lessennes !
- Championship Junior : P1 : B Lessennes !
- Car of the year : Honda !
Saturday 7/10/17 : P12 in the qualifying session for Aurelien Panis
Sunday 8/10/17 :
- Race 1 : P10, but classified P9 for the points, SO 2 POINTS ! (as Hyundai was not eligible for points).
- Race 2 : No more power at the end of the race, probably a turbo issue. Aurelien was P9 ! Good fight ! Great race ! We will come back stronger for the next race in Dubai, 16-18 November 2017 !
Sept 2017, TCR Benelux, METTET, Round 5 : 2 wins and 1 podium ! A week end full of twists for our team for the 5th round of the TCR Benelux championship.First of all, the pole position for our 2 drivers, Stephane Lemeret and Benjamin Lessennes, each time fastest in their respective qualifying session, and consequently the first place on the front row for the long race. But the long race will be very short for us, a breakdown of transmission annihilating all our efforts! Our Honda Civic TCR nr. 2 will have to start at the back of the grid for the sprint races 1 and 3 ! But the Sprint 1 offered Stephane Lemeret a P5 as result, and brought us back to the podium with a P3 in Sprint 2. Sprint 3 with Benjamin Lessennes, unbridled, managed the feat to finish at the top of the podium. Started from the pole position for the Sprint 4, he doubled the wagered to gain the maximum points ! Benjamin Lessennes, no more leader during the lunch time, left Mettet as leader of the championship with 14 points ahead and as best Junior driver of the week-end. Everything will be decided during the final meeting of Assen, 21-22 October 2017. Results :
- Qualif : P1
- Qualif race : DNF
- Sprint races 1 & 2 : P5 & P3
- Sprint races 3 & 4 : P1 & P1
- Qualif : P10
- Race 1 : P19
- Race 2 : P1 – Fastest lap during the race 2.
All the pics on our Facebook page ..July 2017, TCR Benelux, Zolder, Round 4 : Saturday 15th of July : Qualif : P4 Benjamin Lessennes and Stephane Lemeret but P6 in combined qualif. Wonderful start of the race for Benjamin Lessennes. Started P6, P2 after a few turns, but at the end of first lap, has been hit by the driver in second position. Back to the pit, to put a new wheel, .. Benjamin could rejoin even if he had some problems with the steering. Stephane Lemeret replaced him at the half of the race. Our Honda could not finish better than P7. Team is now repairing the car for the 4 sprints race of tomorrow. Sunday 16th of July 2017 : 4 sprints : 2 podiums and good points for the championship ! Stéphane Lemeret was at the wheel of the Honda Civic for Sprints 1 & 2 :
- Sprint 1 : P3 !
- Sprint 2 : P4
- Sprint 3 : P3 !
- Sprint 4 : Puncture, back to pitbox, finished P8
July 2017, TCR INTERNATIONAL, Oschersleben Aurélien Panis has joined our team for the next meetings of the TCR International Series. The young French driver (22 years old) has done his classes in single-seater, and after a first experience in a WTCC touring car this season, he embarks on a new challenge by joining the TCR International Series for the rest of the season. 23 cars were competing in the race! First start in TCR International for Aurélien Panis at the wheel of Honda # 28, qualified P17. Good start of the race, and despite a small off on the side of the track which causes him to lose a few seconds, the French driver goes up in the hierarchy until 11th position. But in the last lap, the engine gave up. Aurélien is ranked P15. The second race follows a few minutes later, so it’s impossible to start! The whole team worked on the car to change the engine because the Honda 28 will take the direction of Thailand as from Wednesday for the continuation of the TCR International Series. Aurélien Panis: “A positive first weekend in TCR International with a superb work by the whole team. Unfortunately, the results did not reflect our potential because of a mechanical problem in Race 1. Now place to Thailand at the beginning of September. To come back stronger! ”
June 2017, TCR Benelux, Round 3, Zolder : 5 races, 5 wins !
Qualif : P2 !
The win in LONG RACE for Tom Coronel and Benjamin Lessennes on the Honda #2 !
Sunday 4th of June : BOOOOOOMMMMMMM !!!!!! 4 SPRINTS, 4 WINS !
2 for Tom Coronel and 2 for Benjamin Lessennes on our Honda #2 !!!!
INTOUCHABLES !!! The perfect week-end : 5 races and 5 wins …May 2017, TCR Benelux, Zandvoort, Round 2 : Saturday 20th of May : Long qualifying race : A day without success today ..
Electric problems on the grid for the Honda #1 of Panis/Lemeret. Car did not start and has been pushed back into the pitbox.
A spin in the formation lap for the Honda #2 of Coronel and a flat tire as result .. Back to the pitbox, and start from the pitlane.
Race was not easy and an additional flat tire during the race a few minutes before the windom opens for the driver’s change.
Benjamin Lessennes took the wheel and finished P10.
The Honda #1 could finally start and Stephane Lemeret realizes the fastest lap during the race ! Which means pole position for the sprint tomorrow !
Benjamin Lessennes will start P4 !
Sunday 21th of May : Program : 4 sprint races : 1 win and 3 podiums ! In front of 100,000 spectators, our driver Tom Coronel, more popular than ever in his country, shared the wheel of the Honda # 2 with promising Benjamin Lessennes. Stéphane Lémeret welcomed the French driver, Aurélien Panis (Honda WTCC) for the first time in a Honda TCR (Honda # 1).
The results of this Sunday are globaly positive with as results for the 4 sprints:
1 win and three podiums, and Honda who wins the title of “car of the weekend”Our results :
Sprint 1 :
P1 : Stephane Lemeret – Honda #1
P3 : Benjamin Lessennes – Honda #2
Sprint 2 :
- P2 : Benjamin Lessennes – Honda #2
- DNC : Stephane Lemeret – Honda #1
Sprint 3 :
- P2 : Tom Coronel – Honda #2
- P8 : Aurelien Panis – Honda #1
Sprint 4 :
- P10 : Aurelien Panis – Honda #1 (flat tire)
- DNC : Tom Coronel – Honda #2
- Car of the week-end : Honda !
- Junior : P2 : Benjamin Lessennes
- Team : P3 (Only qualifying race gives points)
- Overall championship : P3 : Benjamin Lessennes, P10 : Tom Coronel, P23 : Stephane Lemeret
May 2017, TCR INTERNATIIONAL, Spa : our first race in the International Series
2 weeks after TCR Benelux, we are back at Spa, for the belgian race of TCR International.
2 test sessions today, first session started on wet track, second session on dry track.
Benjamin had a good start ..
Free practices 1
- P1 : Benjamin Lessennes – Honda #63 !!!
- P6 : Tom Coronel – Honda #64
- P9 : Tom Coronel
- P13 : Benjamin Lessennes
- P3 : Lessennes – Honda #63
- P7 : Coronel – Honda #64
Race 1 : PODIUM P2 for Benjamin Lessennes ! ! P8 for Tom Coronel, on Honda #64 ! Awesome first race in TCR International for Benjamin Lessennes, with the second place on the podium ! Good race also for Tom Coronel, P8.
Saturday : second race of the meeting.
Race 2 :
P5 : Lessennes – Honda #63
DNF : Coronel – Honda #64Great start of race for the young Benjamin Lessennes, started P7, fighting for first position .. couldn’t avoid contact with leader, lost a few seconds and second position. Good laptimes during the race. Finished P5 for his second TCR International race. Tom Coronel did not finished, due to contact at the first turn of the race.
April 2017, TCR Benelux, Spa, Round 1 : Double podium in qualif race ! Result Qualif 1:
- P2 : Benjamin Lessennes
- P4 : Stephane Lemeret
- P4 : Enzo Guibbert
- P7 : Tom Coronel
- P3 : Lessennes / Guibbert
- P5 : Lemeret / Coronel
Great start for Tom Coronel, P2 at the first corner.
P4 for Enzo Guibbert.
Pit window open, Tom Coronel still P3, Guibbert P5.
Driver’s change, for Honda #2, Benjamin replaces Enzo Guibbert.
Driver’s change for Honda #1, Stephane Lemeret takes the wheel.
One moment leader of the race, Stephane finishes P2.
Benjamin Lessennes did a fantastic job, finishing P3 !
TCR BENELUX : ROUND 1 : SPA : Sunday 23 April : 4 sprint races, 2 per driver
Sunday morning, things have been more difficult for the Honda Civic #1, after contact at the start of the race, Stephane Lemeret DNF.
And car could not be repaired for Sprint 3 & 4, planned for Tom Coronel.
Fortunately, Benjamin Lessennes did again a great job, finishing P2 and P3 during Sprint 1 and 2 !
In the afternoon, Enzo Guibbert, teammate of Benjamin Lessennes, (Honda #2) was P5 in Sprint 3 and DNF in Sprint 4.. due to contact.