Crushing victory for Sébastien Loeb and Laurène Godey at the Rallye des Grands Fonds

For his first participation in the Guadeloupe event, Sébastien Loeb won all 16 special stages to finish more than 4 minutes ahead of his runner-up.

Published on 10/06/2024 à 07:21

Loïc ROCCI

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Crushing victory for Sébastien Loeb and Laurène Godey at the Rallye des Grands Fonds

Loeb-Godey's Skoda Fabia RS Rally2 at the 2024 Rallye des Grands Fonds. Photo j.selvesproductions

This is what we call a well-executed weekend. Sebastian Loeb and her partner Laurène Godey won the Rally of the Grands Fonds contested in Guadeloupe this Sunday June 9, and in what way!

The couple, who drove a Skoda Fabia RS Rally2 entered by Sarrazin Motorsport, won all of the 16 asphalt special stages contested (1 SS having been cancelled) during this 39th edition of the Rallye des Grands Fonds, all by putting on a show for a wild audience:

Having not competed in a rally since the Charlemagne last October, the nine-time world champion visibly appreciated the trip and especially the very warm welcome that was reserved for him. The public gathered on the roadsides to see the nicely decorated Skoda No. 9 in action. The driver did not fail to underline the extent and quality of the support, showing no shortage of spectacle, hand at the door in the middle of a donut to greet the crowd while negotiating a roundabout...

Sébastien Loeb now has one more success on an island under his belt. Its very first was signed in Reunion in 2001 with Daniel Elena and the Xsara Kit-Car. Many others followed in the world with Cyprus, Sardinia and of course Corsica. By pushing the slider a little further, it is possible to add all the events contested in countries such as New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Ireland or England. Among the island destinations that could complete the list are the Canaries (which will be in WRC next year…), or Martinique.

Speaking of the island of flowers, Simon Jean-Joseph was also present in Guadeloupe. Discovering a Porsche 991 GT3, he was not successful. Associated with Yannick Roche (Nicolas Ciamin's usual co-driver) the Martinican had to abandon quickly (SS3) due to an electrical problem.

Note that the car was prepared by Paul-Lacavée high school students, located in Capesterre-Belle-Eau and members of an automobile mechanics training course.

Loïc ROCCI

Journalist specializing in rallying past, present and future... and with a southern accent

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Brid Get

10/06/2024 at 02:31 a.m.

Bravo Seb and Lorène, always on top at 50 “brooms”!!! Next year in the Canaries with 1 WRC1 and........ Isabelle Galmiche? Chick!!!....

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