Léo Rossel doubles the stakes in the Rallye des Vosges

Léo Rossel doubles the stakes in the Rallye des Vosges

The suspense only lasted one loop, Saturday morning, in the Vosges. After the first three times, 0”5 separated the two Citroën C3 Rally2s of Léo Rossel, leader, and Yoann Bonato. But the latter broke a rim on the second pass of Corcieux (SS4) and had to stop to change the wheel. Result: 2’49”8 lost and all hope of doing well gone.

Rossel could then manage, especially since the two Hyundai i20 Ns of Eric Camilli and Hugo Margaillan could not keep up with his pace. They found themselves respectively at 26”5 and 32”2 on Saturday evening. Lucas Darmezin (C3 Rally2) was more than two minutes behind, the Ford Fiesta of Jean-Baptiste Franceschi and Réhane Gany, victims of punctures in this damned very wet SS4, even further back (3’35”3 and 3’48 ”7). As for Anthony Fotia (C3) and Raphaël Astier (Alpine A110 Rallye GT +), they went off the road on SS3 and SS4.

The next meeting in July

The opening SS7 of the day on Sunday, finally in the dry, was then fatal to Yoann Bonato, violently off the road (fractured vertebra), and Eric Camilli with mechanical problems. This did not prevent Léo Rossel from continuing his harvest, with five best times out of six on Sunday.

The younger Rossel therefore wins his second French Championship rally and takes the lead in the Championship, with 59 points, tied with Bonato but two victories to one. Hugo Margaillan, second in the event at 56”5, moved up to third position with 53 points, while Camilli remained with 41 points. It remains to be seen how long Bonato will be unavailable, who should at least miss the next meeting at Rouergue, at the beginning of July.

On the last step of the Rallye Vosges-Grand Est podium, more than four minutes behind the winner, we find local Quentin Gilbert, first in the two-wheel drive classification with his Alpine A110 Rally RGT. Réhane Gany finally finished fourth, while Lucas Darmezin, author of the last best time, completed the Top 5, far ahead of Cédric Robert (Alpine).

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