The saying, “after the rain comes sun” took on its full meaning this morning at the start of the third leg. Drivers and co-drivers left Deauville in brilliant sunshine on their way to Dinard. At the halfway mark of the 21st edition of the Rallye des Princesses Richard Mille, the adventure continues for our competitors with this morning’s crossing of the Pays d’Auge before arriving in the Basse Normandie, in particular in the picturesque spa of Bagnoles-de-l’Orne. What a great way to say goodbye to the land of William the Conqueror by admiring the majestic Mont-Saint-Michel from your car before arriving in Brittany and driving on to Dinard, the seaside resort on the Côte d’Emeraude.
22 is that of the department of the Côtes d’Armor, but also and above all the number of the Breton mother and daughter team of Marie-Claire and Jacqueline Le Vouedec. Their arrival didn’t go unnoticed with the Breton flag flying on their Porsche 911 Targa, a salute to their region! Mother and daughter are pillars of the Rallye des Princesses Richard Mille with 15 participations to their name. Passion is the force that drives them as well as the pleasure of spending quality time by themselves.
At the halfway mark of this female adventure, it’s time to have a roundup of the overall classification. The #41 crew of Carole Gratzmuller and Elisa Laurent, winners of the last edition and five-time winners of the event in total, are still in the lead at the end of the third leg. Marina Orlandi Contucci and Stéphane Heymans in their #52 Lancia Beta Montecarlo are lying second in front of Ambre Boucherie and Stéphanie Wante in the #36 Chevrolet Corvette C3 Stingray.