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27/09/2021 News

Saunier – Vauclare keep their run going!

COEUR DE FRANCE, France, September 27th - The Alpine Elf Rally Trophy served up a diametrically opposed challenge for the competitors this weekend, as the series moved from the steep and twisty mountain roads of the Rallye Mont-Blanc Morzine, where the last round was held, to the ultra-fast stages of the Rallye Cœur de France. 

However, once again, the crews showcased the inherent qualities of the Alpine A110 Rally developed by Signatech, despite facing tricky, low-grip conditions when adverse weather struck at the end of the rally. Recent winners in the French Alps, Julien Saunier and Frédéric Vauclare confirmed their current rich vein of form as they scored a second, dominant victory on the roads around Vendôme. The standard bearers of the Villefranche sur Saône Alpine centre won no fewer than eleven of the total of thirteen stages. Better still, they used the 330 horsepower of the famous Dieppe brand’s berlinette – and the impressive balance of its chassis – to mix it with the four-wheel drive cars on a number of occasions and claim a superb fifth overall at a French Rally Championship event where there were some 110 crews taking part.

Behind Saunier and Vauclare, Nicolas Hernandez and Candice Melocco, who won the opening round of the season at the Rallye Aveyron Rouergue Occitanie, didn't too badly either, claiming two stage wins and finishing an impressive seventh overall, a result that ensures they remain in contention for the Trophy title. The last podium spot was taken by the rally’s local driver, Jean-Luc Roché, whilst the Belgian Stefaan Prinzie finished fourth.

The latest in the Trophy

With two wins for the Julien Saunier – Frédéric Vauclare crew (Mont-Blanc and Cœur de France) compared with one for Nicolas Hernandez and Candice Melocco (Rouergue), but who also have two podium finishes (2nd on two occasions), the Alpine Elf Rally Trophy is clearly turning into a straight fight between the two crews. Consistency may prove decisive when it comes to totting up the points…