Saunier and Vauclare lead the way at the Rallye Mont-Blanc Morzine!
MORZINE, France, September 8 - Held in early July, the Rallye du Rouergue had already provided a high quality contest at the opening round of the Alpine Elf Rally Trophy between the various Alpine A110 Rally drivers. T
The Rallye Mont-Blanc Morzine, which marked the end of the summer break for enthusiasts of the Dieppe brand, proved to be no different to the first event. Already among the leading crews in Aveyron, Julien Saunier – Frédéric Vauclare and Nicolas Hernandez – Candice Melocco resumed their rivalry in the Alps on the roads around Morzine, this time the clear advantage lying with the former pairing. The crew, backed by the Villefranche sur Saône Alpine centre, took no prisoners on these superb, technically demanding roads, making full use of the agile chassis and the 330 horsepower under the bonnet to produce an utterly dominant performance in the class. Saunier and Vauclare claimed ten stages wins from a total of thirteen as they led from start to finish. Winners of the opening round at Le Rouergue earlier in the summer, Nicolas Hernandez and Candice Melocco were this time unable to challenge the Saunier – Vauclare crew, but showed great race craft to secure a fine second place, which may yet prove decisive in the final reckoning for the Trophy. They also managed to collect one stage win. The other two fastest times were recorded by Sergio Pinto – Sophie Barras and Raphaël Marry – Alexis Magand, who finished third and fourth respectively. The rally’s local crew, Michel Bonfils and René Belleville, finished fifth ahead of Jean-Luc Roché and David Brocourt.
The latest in the Trophy
Winners of the opening round at the Rallye du Rouergue, Nicolas Hernandez and Candice Melocco this time showed great consistency to finish as runners-up and consolidate their position as leaders of the Alpine Elf Rally Trophy.