The Concentration Run of the 2018 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique is complete and I am pleased to say that the leading team is Michael Muller/Gerhard Spiesberger in Michael’s 1977 Saab 99EMS. This is quite a feat considering that the rally has about 300 contestants!
Navigator Gerhard Spiesberger Standing Beside Their Saab
Michael and Gerhard are experienced rally people who Harald von Langsdorff and myself met at the Baden Classic rally in 2016 and who were our teammates when we won the Team Prize at the Baden Classic in 2017.
Michael Muller’s 1977 Saab 99EMS
I also owned a Saab 99 for a while, so I have additional pleasure in seeing Michael and Gerhard put their Saab at the front of the field. After the Concentration Run, Michael and Gerhard only had a total score of 80.
Note That The Required Average Speed Was 44 Km/hour In Stages 1 and 2
In the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique typically there are three speed classes Low (basse), Intermediate, and High (haute). For the Concentration Run all of the cars must compete at the same speed. As you can see from the photo shown above, all of the cars competed in this year’s Concentration Run timed stages, Zr1 and ZR2, at a speed of 44km/hour which appears to have been the Intermediate Speed. Last year we competed in the Concentration Run at the High Speed of 46 km/hour. While just looking at the raw numbers this average does not seem high, however I can assure you that maintaining that average speed all of the time on these crooked and hilly roads in winter conditions is very difficult. The teams have to be on time, all of the time, as the location of the time controls is unknown, even when you are at one. All of the timing is done wirelessly at secret locations.
Michael Bruns/Frank Westenburger’s 1965 Ford Falcon Sprint (photo from 2017 RMCH)
Another team that I have been following is the 1965 Ford Falcon Sprint crewed by driver Michael Bruns and navigated by Frank Westenburger. Michael is another fellow who was part of our team at the 2017 Baden Classic. After the Concentration Run of this years’ Rallye Monte Carlo Historique Michael and Frank have an excellent score of 330.
Both Michael Muller and Michael Bruns are members of the Historic Rallye & Racing Team from Germany, who put quite an effort in preparation and support of team members at the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique.
Dan Allven & Peter Fogelberg With Their 1965 Mustang
Obviously the other team that I am following is Dan Allven and Peter Fogelberg in Dan’s 1965 Ford Mustang. Last year I navigated for Dan in the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique. This year Dan is doing the navigating while he asked Peter Fogelberg to do the driving. During the Concentration Run of the 2018 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique Peter and Dan apparently had some difficulties. As they get more experience, then the scores will improve.
Parking Lot Scene In Valence, France After The Concentration Run
The Concentration Run involves driving continuously for more than 24 hours, much the way the Monte Carlo Rallye used to require. Thus the teams were glad to get to the end of the Concentration Run and to celebrate completion of the Concentration Run.
Some Fellowship And Refreshments In The Valence Hospitality Tent
To see the complete results after the 2018 Concentration Run of the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique click on the following file:
There is still a lot of rallying to do to get to the finish of the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique, so we will see what is in store for the competitors as the rest of the rally unfolds.
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