233 rally drivers have been racing since Friday for the 62nd Critérium des Cévennes. They left Montpellier to accomplish nearly 200 km.
233 rally drivers have been racing since Friday for the 62nd Critérium des Cévennes. They left Montpellier to accomplish nearly 200 km. Return to Montpellier on Monday, after a raid that promises to be well watered, the Gard being placed on orange rain-flood vigilance by Météo France.
For the first time, the competitors did not set off from the Place de la Comédie, in Montpellier, but from the forecourt of the town hall, in Port Marianne, where the residents still in bed at 7.45am this Friday, have had a thunderous wake-up call, attended by a few early-bird fans. And it is again in Port Marianne that the drivers will finish their race on Monday with the award ceremony.
“After the cancellation in 2020, the Critérium des Cévennes has regained a dear place in the hearts of the participants and the public within the French rally championship. It’s a legendary event, ”recalls Nicolas Deschaux, president of the French Motorsport Federation.
“This return to the event is in a way that of hope, since the cancellation of the Critérium 2020 because of the Covid-19, for a year therefore, the ASA Hérault team has been back to work. We can talk about a dynamic of renewal, ”notes Samuel Teissier, president of the Regional League of Motor Sport Occitanie. The president of the 6ASA-Hérault Automobile Sports Association, Alain Szafarczyk confirms that, “everything has been done to offer a perfect 62nd edition”, welcoming that, “many communities which are at our side have reacted in a remarkable way. “, Noting that,” as in the past, the definition of the route and its schedule were the result of a long consultation process to take into account the wishes of all the municipalities concerned “.
Carole Delga, president of the Occitanie Region, welcomes “the unfailing commitment of the organizers, in a demanding health context, so that sport can live. The Critérium des Cévennes, created in 1956, remains a major event in the world of rallying, a must that has been able to renew itself ”. The mayor of Montpellier and president of the Metropolis, Michaël Delafosse analyzes: “For motorsports and all enthusiasts, this event is a highlight of the season, decisive even, because it often allows to draw the podium of the French championship. rally and position the future winner. The competition consolidates its identity on an exceptional route between Montpellier and the Cévennes hinterland “.
The mayor of Ganges, Michel Fratissier is delighted by the return of sports cars, “the cancellation of the rally last year was a real heartbreak”.
This 2021 edition also hosts the 208 Rally Cup, the Clio Trophy de France, the French 2-wheel drive championship, the Michelin Trophy and the French VHC championship. Fans of racing cars should be numerous, gathered on the edge of the Hérault and slate roads until Monday, as in Alzon, Montdardier, La Cadière in Sumène, Ganges and Saint-Hippolyte-du-Fort this Friday between 5 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. , then, the Col du Minier, Pas-Col de Bes, Vissec, Avez, Col du Perras, Saint-Bresson, Les Plantiers, Valleraugue, etc., without forgetting above all a passage through Roquedur le Haut, via the RD 291, where a certain Bertrand Fassio and his co-driver Philippe Eustaquio in their Porsche Carrera RS number 209 should put on a show!
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