From La Baule to La Baule, we’ve come the full circle! The final leg of these five days of automotive adventure for our female duos consisted of a loop leaving from, and returning to, La Baule: an original way of closing the 21st chapter! Our competitors took to the road in their exceptional cars for the last time in the Morbihan between land and sea. Three regularity zones punctuated the final day around the Golf du Morbihan nature reserve and the Guérande salt marshes. Between soft and salted water, the crews had to remain calm and vigilant to avoid the numerous navigational traps that added spice to this, the final event.
The regularity zones proved to be a real challenge for drivers and co-drivers alike. Mistakes about which route to follow sent some of the crews off in the wrong direction or to dead ends! Over the five days U-turns became almost regular occurrences and some crews admitted to us that they were beginning to feel a bit sore! Driving a collector car means giving up power steering and being in control of a machine that’s much more difficult to handle. But they all took up the challenge con brio and in the end the classification wasn’t of capital importance.
After covering 1500 kilometres between Paris, Le Touquet, Deauville, Dinard and La Baule, now’s the moment to unveil the final podium of this feminine automotive interlude. The #41 crew of Carole Gratzmuller and Elisa Laurent in their Chevrolet Corvette C2 came first after dominating the classification from start to finish. They already won the event in 2019 and driver and co-driver notched up their sixth and fourth victories respectively, a great set of results for this crew that has competition in their blood! Marina Orlandi Contucci and Stéphane Heymans in their #54 Lancia Beta Montecarlo came home second a good result for this dynamic duo with several participations to their name. And on the third step of the podium were Ambre Boucherie and Stéphanie Wante in the #36 Chevrolet Corvette C3 Stingray.
Intense, a lot of kilometres, sporty, full of excitement, a fantastic route, a human adventure and some great encounters were the words uttered by drivers and co-drivers at the end of the 21st Rallye des Princesses Richard Mille. Rendezvous next year between 3 – 8 June 2023.