27 April 2003
BMS, TMC win at Magny-Cours.
A spin for the #'89 meant that the #50 had to take avoiding action, but both cars continued, although the Freisinger car dropped back to third. Trouble hit another Porsche, with the fourth-placed RWS car stopping four laps from the end with a broken driveshaft.
A final 'splash and dash' for the #88 did not prove enough for the car, which had to slow to avoid running out of fuel, and left the #89 TMC car of Burt and Turner to cross the line first, having made only one pit-stop. It was followed by the #88 and the #50 Freisinger Porsche, while the AutoPalace entry, without a door, took fourth place for the second race in a row, ahead of the second Freisinger Porsche of Gabriele Gardel and Bert Longin.
Sixth went to the #54 Cirtek Motorsport car of James Kaye and Xavier Pompidou, with the Barcelona-winning #52 JMB Racing Ferrari only seventh. The final point went to the #74 Team Eurotech Porsche of Mike Jordan and Mark Sumpter.
“It's a great finish after a bad start to the weekend, when we did not run on Friday” Kelvin Burt said. “It was an exciting race as at the end we did not know where everyone was ! We really have to thank Dunlop for this excellent result.”
However, after scrutineering, their #89 car was excluded, from the results, due to the fuel tank capacity. The team has appealed and, therefore, the results remain provisional.
In the provisional teams' classification, Team Maranello Concessionaires has a 13-point lead over JMB Racing and Freisinger Motorsport, with French team Autopalace fourth. Davies and Mullen lead the drivers' table, followed by JMB drivers Fabrizio de Simone and Andrea Bertolini.
The next round takes place in Pergusa, Italy, on 11 May, in just two weeks time.
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