Tour Auto 2020

Tour Auto Optic 2000
31 August – 5 September 2020

The 29th edition of the Tour Auto Optic 2000 started from the Grand Palais (Paris) to finish at the Circuit Paul Ricard, via Clermont-Ferrand, Limoges, Toulouse and Pont du Gard. It had been a crazy week during which the participants had covered 1986 km through the most beautiful French landscapes. It was a unique moment paced by meetings and excitement, but above all passion for the motor car.

In the competition category the name of the winners was familiar to the rally fans. Already victorious in 2017 and 2018, Raphaël Favaro clinched his third success. This year his co-driver was Lucien-Charles Nicolet. Favaro had put his title up for grabs with a change of car in 2020: the winning Lotus Elan was replaced by a 1962 3.8-litre E-Type Jaguar. But the swap had no effect on the two friends and Favaro emerged on top for the third time – congratulations!

In the regularity category a father-son duo were on the topmost step of the podium. Jean-François and François Nicoules were entered in a Ford Mustang and between them they had already racked up three victories in the Tour Auto Optic 2000 (Jean-François’ first win in 2012 and victories together in 2013 and 2015). They form a redoubtable pairing and the father-son combination proved to be a winning recipe that gave them a fourth victory to add to their laurels in the Tour Auto Optic 2000 – incredible!

Congratulations to all the participants in the 29th staging of the event who answered the challenge in this very special context. Our thanks too to all our partners for their loyalty and also to the mayors who, thanks to their involvement, enabled this amazing caravan to cross the whole of France