Winter Challenge to Monte Carlo, Leg Three. Millau-Vogue 430 Kilometres
Snow stops play
Crews sample a slice of rally history
Longest day with night section
Climbing out of Millau above the Gorges du Tarn for the first regularity at Montpelier-Le-Vieux, it started snowing, that turned into thick enough white stuff that regularities two and three had to be cancelled, whilst later in the day the La Remise regularity had to be shortened to avoid the glassy ice on severe hairpins where no traction could be gained. The icy grip of the Winter Challenge had won this battle, temporarily.
But before the teams could sample the next slippy parts of the night TC section, they sampled the great Monte Carlo Rally tradition of tart au pommes, or apple pie, at rally fan Yves Jouanny’s Rally Museum in Antraigues, he was there to greet them. Yves and his wife have served every driver and co driver on the rally for many years, so much so that it has become part of rally folklore, and each crew member got their slice.
At the Main Time Control at Vogue, before the crews ventured out into the night, Kevin Haselden and Ryan Pickering were still leading in their Mini Cooper S from Klaus Mueller and Rolf Pellini’s Lancia Fulvia, but anything can happen in dark of the Ardeche, as many a Monte Carlo Rally veteran will tell you.