Rally Entre 2 Mers: 10 – 14 October 2017
BACK ON THE 2nd EDITION OF THE RALLY 2017
St-TROPEZ- BIARRITZOn Tuesday 10 October, 44 crews gathered in St Tropez for the start of the second edition of the « Entre 2 Mers » rally organized by Cyril Neveu Promotion and linking St Tropez to the imperial city of Biarritz.
This year again, magnificent cylinders competed of beauty and exception … In this extraordinary panel you could admire the Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, Austin Healey, Maserati, Aston Martin, Shelby Cobra … all equally eager to get started to experience these 4 days out of time.
In the program of this second edition, magnificent regions to be crossed such as the gorges of Verdon, Provence and its incomparable Alpilles, the hills of the Cathar country, the massifs of the Eastern and Spanish Pyrenees as well as the Basque country.
On a more sporting level, the drivers were « dropped » on the circuits of the Grand Sambuc, the circuit of Andorra and the circuit of Pau-Arnos but also digged their memory to answer during the CPs, Questions created, around themes of the automobile and the knowledge of the regions crossed.
As it is now customary, on all the rallies organized by « Cyril Neveu », luxury, originality and conviviality allowed the competitors to live somewhat unusual situations such as the evening of departure, in St Tropez organized at the » eternal and well named « Senequier ». That evening, the fairy-like spectacle of the magnificent boats anchored in the old port rivaled elegance with the extraordinary plateau of the cars of the rally, stationed on the harbor!
Wednesday, October 11th – Stage 1The following morning, the cars and their crews left the Château de la Messardière, to live their first race on the Grand Sambuc circuit, near Aix en Provence before heading for Les Baux de Provence.
It is worth noting that, from this first circuit, two road exits: that of the « Shelby Cobra » by Thomas and Joy KERN and that of the « Ferrari 250 SWB » by Christian and Brigitte CHAVY. No negative consequences, since despite this « hot shot » Thomas and Joy KERN win the test of the « Classic ». In the « Prestige » category, the crew Didier BURBAN and Christophe FEVE at the wheel of their Ferrari 488 spider were the winners.
Thursday, October 12th – Stage 2For the second stage of the rally between the Baux-de-Provence and Andorra, competitors were expected at the summit of the Envalira pass, at an altitude of 2,400 meters for the second run on the Andorra Circuit. sinuous trail has a peculiarity an interminable left turn.
At the end of this second event, we again find the « Shelby Cobra » of the crew Thomas and Joy KERN at the head of the Classic category. On the Prestige side, Didier BURBAN and Christophe FEVE were once again the winners of the Ferrari 488 Spider.
Friday, October 13th – Stage 3On Friday, October 13, the 3rd stage of the rally between Andorra and Pau, the competitors took a break on the circuit and were able to admire the landscapes offered by the Spanish Pyrenees before joining Pau where they were welcomed Hotel du Parc Beaumont.
Saturday, October 14th – Stage 4The next day, on Saturday, October 14th, for the fourth and final event of the rally, we witnessed a double drama with the abandonment in the « Classic category » of the first, Thomas and Joy KERN (Shelby Cobra) overheating of the motor.
And the reversal of the situation for Gilles HORN and Olivier HEBERT (Alpha Romeo Giulia) who also lost their 2nd place because of the questions asked to the CPs. It was François Maurey and Marieke Van Genuchtew (Austin Healey) and Karim Ben Ghanem and Nelly Rolland (Ferrari 328 GTS) who climbed the first two steps of the podium, followed by the crew of Georges SAIER and Carole de JONCKHEERE (Porsche 911. 2.8 RSR).
On the Prestige side, Eugenio PARADA and Joao COSTA (Mercedes SL) confirmed their victory of the previous day by winning the second edition of the « Entre 2 Mers », closely followed by Jean Michel MARIE and Julie BACHELLERIE (Aston Martin DB GT ), followed by Michel and Laurence GOSSE (Ferrari 458 Spider).
All the crews installed at the Hotel du Palais in Biarritz met on Saturday evening to celebrate the winners and to attend the awards ceremony around a tasty dinner. The atmosphere and the good mood dominated this closing evening, and one felt the satisfaction of all these competitors of having had the privilege to enjoy under the sun, these 4 days of relaxation and friendly competition of the « Rally Entre 2 Mers ».
Cyril Neveu and his teams, thank all the participants and give them a rendezvous next year for new discoveries!
Rally Entre 2 Mers: final ranking
Classic Category● 1 : MAUREY François & VAN GENUCHTEW Marieke (Austin Healey)
● 2 : BEN GHANEM Karim & ROLLAND Nelly (Ferrari 328 GTS)
● 3 : SAIER Georges & DE JONCHEERE Carole (Porsche 911 2.8 RSR)
Prestige Category● 1 : PARADA Eugenio & COSTA Joao (Mercedes SL)
● 2 : MARIE Jean-Michel & BACHELLERIE Julie (Aston Martin DB9 GT)
● 3 : GOSSE Michel & GOSSE Laurence (Ferrari 458 Spider)