Dorian Boccolacci crowned!

Under a bright sun, the 911 GT3 Cup type 992 field put on another high-flying show for the season finale and crowned Dorian Boccolacci for the first time.

Dorian Boccolacci’s (Forestier Racing CLRT) perfect weekend at Monza a fortnight ago had set the tone for his current form, and this final meeting at the Circuit Paul Ricard confirmed it: at the end of the 2023 Porsche Carrera Cup France season, the man from Cannes was the strongest on the track, and his two pole positions, each time transformed into success on the fearsome Var track, earned him his first title in the discipline. A distinction he has been chasing for three seasons. A well-deserved triumph, with a total of five wins out of a possible eleven. Marvin Klein (TFT Racing) had a particularly difficult time of it, and his fifth-place finish in Race 1 took away his last hopes, so much so that Alessandro Ghiretti (Martinet by Alméras), Boccolacci’s runner-up on Saturday, was the only one left to challenge him for the title on Sunday. But contact at the first corner with Benjamin Paque (Forestier Racing CLRT) forced him to make a mad dash from the last positions, ending up in eighth place.

Second at the chequered flag in the final race of the year, Benjamin Paque was later penalized for his mistake, but this didn’t stop the eighteen-year-old Belgian, who had finished a fine third on the first day, from taking the Rookie title by a whisker ahead of Mathys Jaubert (TFT Racing). Junior Porsche Carrera Cup France, meanwhile, had gone from strength to strength, to the point of concluding his campaign with a fine absolute second place in the Var! And while Sébastien Poisson’s (ABM) stranglehold on the Am category was such that he was declared champion as early as race 1, the Pro-Am title was decided right down to the final meters of the season’s racing: neck-and-neck in Le Castellet, outgoing champion Jérôme Boullery (Racing Technology) and challenger Marc Guillot (Herrero Racing) continued their tussle on the famous Mistral and Signes bends. Guillot was the first to win, but was demoted to third in class for a false start, just ahead of Boullery, who was also penalized for failing to respect the track limits, so the suspense was palpable at the start of Race 2. But Jérôme Boullery was not to be shaken, using all his experience to pocket another victory, synonymous with a second consecutive Pro-Am title for the Racing Technology driver. It was a fitting conclusion to another Porsche Carrera Cup France season rich in spectacle, emotion and superb on-track confrontations.

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