Competition Ends At 2015 Historique Monte Carlo Rallye

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.

Early Morning Activity

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.

Car 154 In Parc Ferme

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.

Ready To Go

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.

Car 132 Leader ZR13

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
AGNESE Giovanni
VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTI IV / 2 HAUTE 4594
02  DURAND Raymond
CHOL Sébastien
OPEL KADETT GTE IV / 2 HAUTE 4700 +106
03  JUENTGEN Ernst
MUELLER Marcus
DKW F12 II / 1 BASSE 5326 +732
04  HORGNIES Raymond
HAYEZ Christophe
PORSCHE 911 III / 2 HAUTE 5363 +769
05  HASLER Jean-Luc
BLONDEAU Sylvain
FORD ESCORT RS2000 IV / 2 HAUTE 5585 +991
06  GAROSI Serge
LENOIR Jean-Marc
MAZDA RX2 IV / 3 HAUTE 5650 +1056
07  ELENA Daniel
CAMPANA Olivier
VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTI IV / 2 HAUTE 6289 +1695
08  STANEVICS Agris
KIRKOVALDS Janis
LADA 1500 S IV / 2 HAUTE 6528 +1934
09  MIGEO Hervé
DUDEL Philippe
PORSCHE 911 SC IV / 3 HAUTE 6865 +2271
10  JORGENSEN Jens
JORGENSEN Kristian
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.

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4 Responses to Competition Ends At 2015 Historique Monte Carlo Rallye

  1. Dear Steve

    It is great to see someone from the USA with this interest for this Classic European Event.

    We just ended up in the top 10.

    Every year we produce a package af:
    1. Five Roadbooks in english – one for every leg.
    2. a book with maps showing the route and the regularity zones (to be used by service crews),
    3. delivers an Ice-pilot service by SMS in english,
    4. A back-up route to a Garmin navigator
    .
    We sell this package to all the Danish teams but also to teams from Germany, Austria, Latvia, Russia and England.

    If any US team would enter the 2016 edition, please give the information that we will provide a free package for at least one team, and we will certainly share all of our advizes from 8 participations to any US team.

    If you are interested I will mail you a copy of one of our roadbooks.

    Jens Gandrup Jørgensen (father)/Kristian Flensbak Jørgensen (son)
    Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV 1977

    • Hi Jens!
      Well done! Finishing in the top 10 in this event is a great accomplishment! The route is very demanding and there appears to be a large number of very well qualified teams.
      Your offer of a free road book package to a USA team is very generous. As the 2016 event gets closer, I will publish this offer again to make sure that a USA team knows of your offer. It would be nice to see a USA team compete in this event. It would even be better if I was part of that team.
      I would like to get one of your left over or used road books from this year’s event. As a rally navigator I find these fascinating. Send me a private email at the following address: shanna12@comcast.net and I will send you my mailing address.
      Thank you very much!
      Steve McKelvie

  2. Brendan Odell says:

    “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”

    Very interesting article – although you may find the DKW a surprisingly quick car… their major rally successes back in the late’50’s and early ’60’s are testament to this.

    • Hi Brendan,
      I saw the DKW at this year’s Rallye Monte Carlo Historique. I did not see the car on the road, but looking at the car you could tell that it was very well prepared.
      Steve McKelvie

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