He only waited for a special, concluded two tenths of a second behind Yoann Bonato (Citroën C3 Rally2), before taking the lead in this Vosges-Grand Est rally and never leaving it. Quentin Giordano (Volkswagen Polo GTi R5) won the French Championship for the second time, after his success in April at Charbonnières, and consolidated his position as leader in the standings.
Especially since one of his main rivals for the title, Bonato, after a first day finished 5”3 behind him, went off the road for the second time this season. A third quasi-eliminatory abandonment when he declared Friday evening that he could not follow his opponent “without taking any risks. »
Did he want to take too much, when Giordano had just spun and had returned to 0”6? “When we ride at such a pace, then confessed the quadruple champion of France, error is even closer than you think. This one is good for me! »
Wagner ahead of Ciamin
“This victory is really beautiful, it is at home (he is from Nancy) and it gives almost more emotion than the first, said Giordano on his side at the finish. We wanted to be in the lead after this round, and in addition we are consolidating this first place. This victory is made possible thanks to the team, thanks to them. »
Behind Giordano, author of a fault fortunately not eliminatory in the penultimate special, we find his colleague from Sarrazin Motorsport. A William Wagner transcended on a ground he knows perfectly. The Vosgien, also at the wheel of a Polo GTi, offered two best times in the legendary Corcieux time trial and failed just 7”9 from the winner.
He is 7”2 ahead of Nicolas Ciamin (Hyundai i20 N Rally2), penalized on Friday morning by a poorly tuned car but author of a formidable end to the rally. With four fastest times, like Giordano, the Niçois, best performer of the second stage, finished on the podium of the event but gave up a bit of ballast in the Championship: 74 points against 90 for the leader.
Another local, Quentin Gilbert (C3 Rally2), finished fourth (58”3 from Giordano), 13”2 ahead of Hugo Margaillan (C3 Rally2), unfortunately the author of a new fault at the end of the event, a header -to-tail which costs him a place. The Ford driver in WRC, Adrien Fourmaux (Ford Fiesta Rally2), he struggled with many mechanical problems and was never able to join the race in the lead (four 3rd times in specials). He finished sixth, 1’26”6 from the winner.
As for Cédric Robert (Alpine A110 R-GT), once again first in the two-wheel drive category, he finished seventh and further behind (3’00”7) on unfavorable ground for his car. But he remains third in the Championship with 56 points. A Championship which will return at the beginning of July (8 and 9) near Rodez, with the Aveyron Rouergue – Occitanie rally.
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