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19th May 2005

England / France one all in FISC EuroTour season opener

Englishman John Faux and French driver, Jean-Michel Guermonprez, shared a pair of victories at a rain soaked season opener for the 2005 FISC Midget & Sprite EuroTour at the GTP Gran Turismo PowerSpeed Weekend at the NĂ¼ring Grand Prix Circuit in the Eifel mountains in Germany.

Pole man Faux defended challenges from David Gibson, Ian Hulett and Pieter Bakker throughout the opening 30 minute race, all four taking turns to lead in an immensely close fought battle.

Hulett enjoyed a particularly challenging race, spinning to the back of the field, recovering to charge through and lead, only to then retire after taking to the gravel at the NGK chicane.

Whilst Faux had initially built a seemingly impenetrable lead, by the closing stages it was Gibson and Bakker who had found their way to the front. A coming together and subsequent spin handed the win to Faux, with Gibson recovering to take 2nd , the Dutchman not far behind.

Torrential rain lashed the circuit for the second race, the lone Frenchman Guermonprez on row four, having endured a number of mechanical difficulties in qualifying and race one.

Demonstrating his acknowledged wet weather abilities, Guermonprez assumed an early lead, leaving the others to fight amongst themselves.

Hulett set about another charge from the eigth row, passing Bakker and then dueling with Gibson for the runner up spot, closing in on Guermonprez by the end to take second.

With the rain far from easing and fog gripping the circuit, race three was cancelled, resulting in Gibson picking up the magnificent top points scoring trophy for the weekend, with Bakker second and Guermonprez third.

The next event is at Spa Francorchamps over the weekend of June 10, 11 and 12.

Previous race reports and further information on the FISC Midget & Sprite EuroTour are available on the website .

by Pieter Bakker

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