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Swiss crew Raphael Favaro-Yves Badan in their Lotus Elan R26 emerged victorious in this human and
sporting adventure. They were in second place on Friday, and they took advantage of the gearbox problems
that hit the Ford GT40 driven by British crew, Andrew Smith-James Cottingham, in the second-last stage of
the rally. The victors of the 2017 event had to retire after scoring 10 out of the 14 wins possible. Only their
fellow-countrymen, Chris Ward-Andy Elcomb (E-Type Jaguar), were able to challenge their domination by
clinching victory in two stages. Their hopes of a finish on the 2018 Tour Auto Optic 2ooo podium were dashed
by a retirement on the Paul Ricard circuit. Thus, first place in the overall classification went to the Swiss duo
Raphael Favaro-Yves Badan in their Lotus Elan R26 from French pair Frédéric Jousset-Paul Miliotis (Shelby
Cobra 289), and Damien Kohler-Sylvie Laboisne (Lotus Elan R26).
French crew Patrick Hautot-Sylvain Cantrel won Group G1 and G2 in their Ford GT40. Americans Cooper Mac
Neil-Gunnar Jeannette sealed victory in the H1/H2/I Group in their Porsche 911 RSR 3.0L. Jean-François and
Chloé Pénillard (Porsche Pré A) came first in the Index of Performance.
In the Regularity category victory went to French crew Jean Rigondet-Olivier Souillard (CG 1200 S) who
dominated from the first to the last day of the rally. Nicolas Pagano-Michel Périn (Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV)
scraped home in second place after coming under pressure from the Argentinean pairing, Tomas Hinrichsen
and Solange Mayo (Maserati 200 SI) victorious in 2017, who won the Index of Performance.
Once again the spirit of the Tour Auto 2ooo conquered big crowds proved by the large number of spectators
who thronged to the Grand Palais and the finish of the stages, as well as the Dijon-Prenois, Bresse, Lédenon
and Paul Ricard circuits. It was also the case at the ten special stages run on closed roads.
The organiser, Peter Auto, would like to thank its partners for their support, which helps ensure the long-term
future of this event, the oldest in the history of motor racing still taking place. Peter Auto would also like to
thank the media, which come in ever-greater numbers to cover the event and contribute to its renown. Some
took part in the Tour to live this unique experience from the inside so as to be able to share it more intimately
with their readers, listeners and TV viewers. Rendezvous in 2019 for the 28th event for which, as is the case
every year, the organisers will plan a new route to challenge those taking part.
Report & images ... Peter Singhof
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