Well, our Heritage Touring Cup championship is over. The last race took place last week-end on the fabulous circuit Paul Ricard (Le Castellet) on the french Riviera.
The Camaro was very difficult in practice, lots of understeer, on the fastest track of the season with big braking and very slow corners following huge straights.
Our mechanics (thanks Pascal) did setup the front end for the qualifying, and it was a whole different story. The car did handle much better and we qualified 7th. On the long straight the V8 power was a delight, making of our car the fastest in acceleration, but remember we were one of the oldest on the grid, and therefore braking and chassis were far from what our competitors on BMW CSL grpup 2 and 635 group A had to deal with !
After an epic race, battling to keep our place, lots of mistakes and rewarding driving, we finally finished 6th O.A. In what I thought was the last lap, an ex.24 hours of Spa BMW 635 Csi (less powerfull but much more agile) put some pressure on me and finally passed on the last corner. Thank to the V8 I managed to pass him again just before the finish line. But I did not realized that there was no chequered flag ! There was in fact another lap to go and the BMW passed me again finishing 5th.
Last but not least we had the pleasure to earn we were 2nd on the performance index (calculated taking into account parameters such as year of the car, displacement, ...). So we won our first trophy !
Few pictures to follow. We have learned a lot of the car and can't wait to battle again next year. The Camaro is a pure delight to drive.