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Once the scraps on the circuit were over the field headed for Mégeve before which the special in
Oyonnax-Haut Bugey awaited them. As the road brought them nearer the snow-covered peaks the drivers
were faced with a mountain stage on very twisty challenging roads. There too, the crew in the GT40 proved
unbeatable and scored their fifth victory on the bounce with a comfortable lead over the second-placed car
driven by Ludovic Caron-Denis-Giraudet back in the race after fixing the cylinder head problem that struck
them the previous day on their Shelby Cobra’s V8: Because of this mechanical glitch the French pairing are
no longer able to fight for outright victory in the overall classification. But they are determined to grab the
limelight by trying to break the British stranglehold in the forthcoming events.
In the meantime, the Tour climbed uphill towards the mountains and in the late afternoon reached the Alpine
resort of Mégeve where a large crowd awaited them. At the end of the second day, Smith-Cottingham
increased their lead in the overall classification of the VHC competition. They are now 1m 34sec in front of
Ward-Elcomb and 3m 10sec ahead of Gill-Didcock.
In the Regularity category Michel Périn took advantage of his experience as a professional co-driver (two
French and six off-road world rally championship titles with Pierre Lartigue, Bruno Saby and Carlos Sainz),
and helped his driver, Nicolas Pagano, to top of the time sheets in the first special stage. Thanks to this
result they are in third place in the overall classification behind Jean Rigondet-Olivier Souillard (CG 1200S)
and Mathieu Sentis-Gaëtan Demoulin (Peugeot 504) who consolidated the positions acquired the previous
Tomorrow, the entrants in the 27th Tour Auto Optic 2ooo will leave Mégeve and its snow-capped summits to
compete in the third leg. They will be faced with 447 km and two special stages in the morning, races on the
Lédenon circuit in the afternoon after which they will arrive in the Allées de l’Ouille car park in Avignon at the
foot of the ramparts. The day will come to a close with dinner in the majestic Palais des Papes!
Report & images ... Peter Singhof
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