The 62nd Critérium des Cévennes is on its way! Since 8 am this morning, the crews have set off one by one from the starting podium set up on the forecourt of Montpellier town hall.
As expected, the rain is accompanying the competitors of the Critérium des Cévennes this Friday. In these delicate conditions and when the rally is only just beginning, it is very difficult not to commit irreparable on a road with constant changes in grip.
Proof of this is that in this second special stage of the morning, 16.3 km long, between the village of Montdardier and the entrance to Vigan, Quentin Giordano lost precious time by being trapped during braking.
A small contact that costs him more than 17 seconds and allows Yoann Bonato to take command of the rally. This is not the dream start to the race for Stéphane Sarrazin’s protégé!
Cédric Robert signs the pleasant surprise of the morning. A great host of the French championship, the man raised his Alpine A110 to fifth place in the general classification after this SS2. A French car at this level, we like!
As for the regional drivers, Alexis Frontier is the most leggy at the start of the rally. Author of the seventh time in SS1, he does it again in this special. “We’re having a blast, but it’s hot!”, Sums up the Languedocian, racing in a Peugeot 208 T16.
“It’s really very difficult, there are traps everywhere!”, Sums up Jean-François Succi, although he is used to the formidable Corsican roads.
The drivers opened the proceedings with the fast and delicate special stage of Alzon, 15.9 km long. On a wet road, Quentin Giordano (Volkswagen Polo GTI) sets the benchmark time at an average of over 115 km / h, relegating his direct rival, Yoann Bonato (Citroën C3), to just 8/10 of a second.
Eric Mauffrey (Skoda Fabia) has the third fastest time, followed by Ludovic Gal (Volswagen Polo GTI), driver of the Sarrazin team like Giordano, Patrick Rouillard (Skoda Fabia) and William Wagner (Citroën C3).
Due to the few inevitable last-minute packages, including that of Romain, exactly 149 crews will take part in the “modern” rally of the French championship, while 31 crews set off on the historic rally.
The first cars are expected at the start of the first timed event, between Alzon and Blandas, west of Vigan, from 11:13 a.m.