The Tour de Corse Historique has kept its promises

The Tour de Corse Historique has kept its promises

15.10.2018: The 18th Tour de Corse Historique has just ended. This timed historic rally dedicated to racing cars built between 1956 1966 took place from October, 8 2018 to October, 13 2018.

The 18th Tour de Corse Historique has just ended. This timed historic rally dedicated to racing cars built between 1956 1966 took place from October, 8 2018 to October, 13 2018.



This edition’s highlights were the particularly technical roads and a panting race until the very last second, which was highly appreciated by the spectators.



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Back to basics




This year, the pilots have had to deal with a menacing weather which kept on trapping the crews and changing the rankings of the race in unprecedented special stages.



The mythical Notre Dame de la Serra was back with a longer 27.5 miles path, exhausting for both the drivers and their machines. Therefore, the drivers revived a race like they experienced back in the fifties where the crews were engaging in a true road marathon.



This year was also the thirtiest anniversary of Didier Auriol’s last victory in Corsica. The 1994 WRC World Champion, six times winner in Corsica and record holder for the most victories on the Tour de Corse had decided to come back and therefore prepared his old Ford Sierra Cosworth to race.



On many occasions, the world champion shared his rally experience with other drivers, and confessed among other things that Notre Dame de la Serra special stage was so physical that he used to drive the last 5 miles in a state of complete exhaustion, unable to even listen to his co-driver notes.



These tricky conditions, the physical involvement as well as the narrow and twisty roads are the sort of cocktail that the drivers had to face all over the five days’ racing.


The 18th edition’s difficult weather conditions enabled light and nimble cars to push their luck. The islanders have a reputation of being great pilots and they drove accordingly, and they managed to secure most of the places on the podium, like it used to happen a few decades ago.



 Rarely had men and machines been pushed this hard and it has been such a thrilling challenge that all the competitors were smiling at the end of the race
 





Summary of the race



At the head of the VHC race, the tone had been set : Porsches and Fords were getting the hammer down and among the contenders for the podium, Jenot/Milosa Vljevic and their Ford Escort RS Mk2 managed to get on top of the hord thanks to a never ending involvement.




Untill the end, the crew has had to deal with the repeated assaults of islander crews Villa/Savignoni and Marchetti/Buresi,  both driving Ford Escorts. On their land, they have been continuous threats and were determined to deploy all of their energy to try to win.



We were also spoiled with a serious duel between two Ford Sierra Cosworth driven respectively by Cazaux/Vilmot and Auriol/Giraudet, both racing in the J2 category.



World Champion Didier Auriol has used all of his talent to compete with Cazaux, but he was racing a two wheel drive car while Cazaux’s Sierra was four wheel drive. It made a difference in the end for Cazaux/Vilmot, but Auriol and Giraudet never ever surrendered.



The VHRS race was also full of uncertainty. In just two days, four different crews had managed lead the race, but it is a fifth one, Baillet/Baillet and their Porsche 911 Carrera RS who finally found the right pace and took the lead by a very thin margin during the last day.



Only 7 points separated them from Schön/Giammarino’s Porsche 911. Euvrard/Paquier in yet another Porsche 911 complete the podium.






Scratch rankings


1.     Cazaux/Vilmot – Ford Sierra Cosworth

2.     Auriol/Giraudet – Ford Sierra Cosworth

3.     Jenot/Milosa Vljevic – Ford Escort RS Mk2





Winners for each period



Generan VHC : Jenot/Milosa Vljevic – Ford Escort RS Mk2

Period F : Guitteny/Mace – Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA

Period G1 : Barre/Dupard – BMW 2002

Period G2 : Cozzolino/Legay – Porsche 914/6

Period H1 : Marchetti/Buresi – Ford Escort Mk1

Period H2 : Leroy-Fleuriot/Audibert – Porsche 911 Carrera RSR

Period I : Jenot/Milosa Vljevic – Ford Escort RS Mk2

Period J1 : Lamic/Lamic – Opel Manta 400

Period J2 : Cazaux/Vilmot – Ford Sierra Cosworth

Classic : Garcia/Bonifet – BMW E21



VHRS ranking



1.     Baillet/Baillet – Porsche 911 Carrera RS
2.     Schön/Giammarino – Porsche 911 SC
3.     Euvrard/Paquier – Porsche 911



VHRS winners for each average speed


High average : Kauffman/Piret – Porsche 911
Intermediate average : Baillet/Baillet – Porsche 911 Carrera RS
Low average : Rossi/Perlino – Lancia Flavia Coupé 1800

 

 

 

 

Chris Rodrigo- photos Tour de Corse Historique

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