Winter Challenge to Monte-Carlo, Leg One, Troyes to Clermont-Ferrand
Kevin Haselden and Ryan Pickering’s Mini leads by 2 seconds!
Brilliant ‘Flat Out’ fun to packed house at superb Jean Brun Kart track
HERO-ERA partner Michelin host teams at L’Aventure, Clermont-Ferrand
After 453 kilometres, four regularities and one test on Leg One of the Winter Challenge to Monte Carlo, just two seconds separate the Mini Cooper S of Kevin Haselden and Ryan Pickering from the second place Peugeot 504 of Christopher Townsend and Richard Lambley. The battle was waged largely across the French flatlands as the teams head to higher ground in Leg Two, but one of the highlights was the competition at the superb Jean Brun Circuit International kart track where the German-Italian crew of Klaus Mueller and Rolf Pellini sped to an impressive fastest time in their Lancia Fulvia which has benefitted from much recent work. They are sixth overall in the standings.
After the competition, crews headed to Michelin land in Clermont-Ferrand where the global company are head-quartered, following an invite to partner HERO-ERA for the rally or visit their L’Adventure Michelin Museum. The final time control of the day was actually inside this fascinating facility which is opposite the Stade Marcel Michelin where the Premier League Clermont-Ferrand team play their rugby. As well as tyres, with Competition, Aviation and their famous maps to show off, crews enjoyed a twenty-minute visit before heading to their night halt in Saint Nectaire.