Automobile / French rally championship. A Vosges Grand Est rally that only has more flavor

Sunshine, a route that leverages the timed sectors that have made the reputation of the Vosges specialties a field of quality. There is no denying it, the menu for the 2022 edition of the Vosges Grand Est rally promises to be tempting. But this lacked this little essential ingredient: the presence of the public. Last year, the curious and the passionate were asked to stay away wisely. The health crisis is over, and their presence has been reaffirmed: “We want to find this closeness and this sharing with people. And then it is invaluable for me to see children or others approaching cars with shining eyes, ”notes Vosgien Quentin Gilbert.

“If I could only do one convention, it would be this”

Because the Castinian perhaps measures even more than many of his opponents who want to aim for the top of the table in this aspect. In the eternal search for funds, he knows that this appointment on his lands is a window of fascination that must not be missed: “If I were to make only one a year, it would be him there. I have less and less budget. We did everything to be in the beginning, and thanks to our partners it was possible. It is important to ride at home. “

By commitment, the interested party had to rent a C3R5 from Team CHL (the one by Yoann Bonato) while having an identical holder in its structure set up last fall (Gilbert Compétition): “The C3R5 that I had at the beginning of .

Despite these far from insignificant ballasts, Quentin Gilbert remains an incarnated competitor: “I feel very good in C3. I’ll have to find the rhythm. The idea is to keep in touch with the best Fridays as much as possible. Saturday I know well. I will try to let go of everything to try to get the best possible result and why not a podium. What gets just as complicated is that we did the tests and the reconnaissance in the rain when the weather forecast was predicted to be dry. »

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Fourmaux to pull the chestnuts from the fire

Only, the competition will be ruthless. Since the start of the season, a trio has taken the brunt by sharing the successes. In a field of expression filled with traps and with varied characteristics on the selected pieces, which are Corcieux or Pays d’Ormont, Quentin Giordano (Polo GTI) will set off in the championship leader.

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With a small lead in the overall standings thanks to its regularity (one win and two second places), Meurthe-et-Mosellan will once again have its usual rivals hot on its heels. Yoann Bonato (C3R5), the four-time reigning champion who has already grilled two jokers in three outings, and Nicolas Ciamin (Hyundaï) will not give him the slightest gift. The distinguished guest, Adrien Fourmaux (Ford Fiesta Rally2), was able to meddle in this match. While he collects setbacks of all kinds on the world circuit, the northerner (whose points he could score is not counted in the general) will certainly remember that in 2018 he won as a junior in the Vosges.

The winner of the event in 2017, Girmontais William Wagner intends to prove himself to his advantage with his Polo. It will also be interesting to follow the performance of Cédric Robert, always quick to exploit the maximum potential in his Alpine. And then the passengers from local or assimilated drivers like Eric Mauffrey, Jean-Renaud Marchal, Alain Vauthier, Armando Pereira, Ludovic Jeudy as well as Cyrille Traglia will only increase interest.

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