Antibes Rally – Éric Camilli is solid

On his home turf, Eric Camilli made a very good start to the rally to have a lead of more than 20 seconds over his opponents.

Published on 10/05/2024 à 12:27

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Antibes Rally – Éric Camilli is solid

Photo Bastien Roux / DPPI

Eric Camilli (i20 N Rally2-Team Bonneton HDG-2C Compétition) took advantage of the first special of the rally from Antibes to strike a blow behind the wheel of his Hyundai. The Niçois immediately opened up a good gap over the 13,5 km of SS 1.

Incisive, he consolidated his lead with a new scratch in SS 3. Camilli established himself as the strong man at the start of the rally.

Anthony Fotia – Photo Bastien Roux / DPPI

The locals are celebrating at the start of the race. Indeed, Anthony Fotia (C3 Rally2-PH Sport by Minerva Oil), increasingly comfortable behind the wheel of his Citroën, used his knowledge of the terrain to finish this first loop in second place ahead of Yoann Bonato (C3 Rally2-Trajectus Motorsport).

First on the road, the recent winner of the Canaries rally was surprised by a lack of grip at the start of the race. Third in the provisional classification, Bonato is only 2,4 seconds behind Fotia. “It’s a tricky first round”, admitted the leader of the French Championship.

Léo Rossel – Photo Bastien Roux / DPPI

On the verge of the podium after these first three specials, Léo Rossel (C3 Rally2-PH Sport by Minerva Oil) is in the match to enter the Top 3. The fight looks promising against Fotia and Bonato.

A little further behind, Hugo Margaillan (i20 N Rally2-CHL Sport Auto) will join the Cagnes-sur-Mer racecourse in fifth place.

But the second loop of the day will still hold a few surprises.

After a thunderous debut at the wheel of the brand new Alpine A110 Rally GT+ with the best time in SS 2, Raphaël Astier (CHL Sport Auto) was faced with some mechanical problems in the following special.

Cédric Robert – Photo Bastien Roux / DPPI

Back after an accident in Rhône-Charbonnières, Cédric Robert (A110 Rally-Team Bonneton HDG-2C Compétition) took the lead in the two-wheel drive classification ahead of Pierre Roché Pierre Roché (A110 Rally-Team FJ), leader of the Trophy Alpine.

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