Yesterday the competition at the 2015 Historique Monte Carlo Rallye has come to the end. The day started early from Valence with the route heading down to Monaco.
Morning Line-Up With Burnier/Alibaux Innocenti Mini Cooper 1300
I have been following the progress of the Datsun 240Z of David Ring/Peter Moss as they take part in the rally and use the GuagePilot in its first rally competition use. The picture below shows their car in Parc Ferme in Valence.
David Ring/Peter Moss Datsun 240Z In Valence Parc Ferme
The other car that I was following is the Ford Escort Mk 1 of Philip Swain/David Green. Unfortunately David tweeted yesterday morning saying that their transmission had failed on regularity leg ZR9 and they were forced to withdraw from the event.
Perfetti/Kessel Alpine Renault A110 1600S At The Valence Morning Time Control
The 2015 Historique Monte Carlo Rallye winning team is the Volkswagen Golf GTI with the Italian crew of Piero Zanchi and Giovanni Agnese.
Zanchi/Agnese, The Apparent Winner Of The 2015 Historique Monte Carlo Rallye In Their Volkswagen Golf GTI
As I published this post the organizers of the 2015 Historique Monte Carlo Rallye had not finalized the results of Regularity leg ZR14. As a result I cannot be sure that the following are the final results, but I think that they are close to what the final tally will look like.
The Tentative Overall Standings After ZR14
|POS.||PILOTE / CO-PILOTE||VOITURE||CAT / CLASSE||MOY||POINTS||ÉCART / DIFF|
|01|| ZANCHI Piero Lorenzo
|VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTI||IV / 2||HAUTE||4594||—|
|02|| DURAND Raymond
|OPEL KADETT GTE||IV / 2||HAUTE||4700||+106|
|03|| JUENTGEN Ernst
|DKW F12||II / 1||BASSE||5326||+732|
|04|| HORGNIES Raymond
|PORSCHE 911||III / 2||HAUTE||5363||+769|
|05|| HASLER Jean-Luc
|FORD ESCORT RS2000||IV / 2||HAUTE||5585||+991|
|06|| GAROSI Serge
|MAZDA RX2||IV / 3||HAUTE||5650||+1056|
|07|| ELENA Daniel
|VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTI||IV / 2||HAUTE||6289||+1695|
|08|| STANEVICS Agris
|LADA 1500 S||IV / 2||HAUTE||6528||+1934|
|09|| MIGEO Hervé
|PORSCHE 911 SC||IV / 3||HAUTE||6865||+2271|
|10|| JORGENSEN Jens
|ALFA-ROMEO ALFETTA GTV||IV / 2||HAUTE||7136||+2542|
I will present the complete final results after the organizers have published those standings.
The third place car is a small DKW that was competing in the “Basse” speed class. This class has the a lower target average speed. The organizers think about which cars and teams can compete in this class. The competitors cannot directly enter this class and expect to be assigned to this class. I don’t know how much slower the average speed is in the “Basse” speed class, but the DKW is not a very fast car and I think that the “Basse” speed would be challenging on these often snow-covered roads and mountainous terrain.
Looking at the top 10 cars in the overall standings I find it interesting to look at the cars. Sure there are three Porsches, but look at the other cars – Volkswagen Golf GTI, Mazda RX2, Lada 1500, DKW – hardly names that initially come to mind when you think of the cars that you might expect to find in the Historique Monte Carlo Rallye.
This is a great rally and it would be nice to be able to take part in it.