Winter Challenge to Monte-Carlo, Leg Two, Saint-Nectaire-Millau
Snow makes it a real Winter Challenge as crews are literally ‘lost in France’
Haselden and Pickering (Mini) still lead as Mueller and Pellini (Lancia) move into second
Leg Two territory in southern France is known as ‘Forgotten France’ with it’s high mountains and deep valleys surrounded by volcanoes, so much so that Bonnie Tyler wrote a song about it. It is remote and wild and suffers from severe weather – perfect then for the Winter Challenge which lived up to it’s name as snow, ice and heavy mist greeted the crews for the first regularity. They knew it was going to be full on winter conditions when they saw a major snow plough with chains on its wheels!
Although it was difficult seeing that far ahead though the cold mist of Saint- Victor-la-Rivière at 1100 metres, remote hill farm buildings appeared to be just forms.
The first in trouble was Michael Moss with Andrew Duerden navigating, as Michael beached the Golf in deep snow, only for Christopher Townsend and Richard Lambley to hit the VW’s front wing as they were unable to avoid it in their stout Peugeot 504. The wing and the Golf were pulled out, but time was lost.