France : Alsace-Vosges - Finish
Nicolas Vouilloz took his second consecutive victory in the French Rally Championship, winning the Rally Alsace-Vosges last weekend.
The event started on Friday evening with a Super Special stage and more than 20,000 spectators were there
to see Patrick Henry set the fastest time at the wheel of his Citroen Xsara WRC.
The next day Nicolas Vouilloz took the lead in his Peugeot 307 WRC, winning six out of a total of seven timed events. On the final leg, Vouilloz dominated once again on the tricky Vosges roads, setting the pace on ten additional stages.
Patrick Henry remained the most serious challenger for Vouilloz, the PH Sport driver taking six stage wins on the final day. Unfortunately for him, it wasn't enough to beat his BSA rival, the gap between the two men was still over half a minute at the end of the race.
“It was much more difficult than at Lyon,” said race winner Nicolas Vouilloz. “Patrick Henry is driving well and I knew right from the first stage that it was going to be very close. I tried to gain a few seconds in each stage. It was slightly easier on Sunday even if I was a bit worried when it started to rain. I think it will be even more difficult in Limousin.”
“To finish second almost at home is a bit disappointing,” admitted Henry. “I tried my best but there is still work to be done on the car.”
The final podium position belongs to Jerome Grosset-Janin.
The young teammate of Vouilloz – who is taking part in his second race in the French Rally Championship – improved a lot since the Lyon-Charbonnieres season opener, although the gap to Vouilloz is still quite substantial.
Alsace-Vosges : Final results
1 Vouilloz-Klinger Peugeot 307 WRC 1h58'51"5
2 Henry-Lombard Citroën Xsara WRC at 31"9
3 Grosset Janin-Gordon Peugeot 307 WRC at 5'37"5
4 Robert-Bedon Renault Clio Super 1600 at 7'03"8
5 Mauffrey-Grandemange Subaru Impreza at 7'27"0
6 Pierrat-Leleu Toyota Corolla WRC at 8'42"6
7 Aragneau-Mazotti Peugeot 206 Super 1600 at 8'48"0
8 Pereira-Gehin Peugeot 206 WRC at 9'34"8
9 Fiandino-De Castelli Citroën C2 Super 1600 at 11'05"0
10 Enjolras-Vitrani Peugeot 206 at 11'19"9
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