Antibes: Camilli on his land!

Eric Camilli, co-driven by Thibault de la Haye, won the 59th edition of the Antibes Côte d'Azur Rally ahead of the leading crew of the French Championship: Yoann Bonato and Benjamin Boulloud. Anthony Fotia and William Hanocq achieved their first podium in the French Championship.

Published on 11/05/2024 à 15:42

Emmanuel Naud

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Antibes: Camilli on his land!

Photo Bastien Roux / DPPI

Author of a crazy first stage with five scratch times and notably a big gap opened up from the first special, Eric Camilli (i20 N Rally2-Team Bonneton HDG-2C Compétition) won his fourth victory in the French Championship.
This success has particular value for the former resident of the WRC since he won his first victory on his land.
" It is happiness !  Camilli blurted. It was a very good race. We were really comfortable in the car. We have worked a lot since the start of our program, it is a real team victory. »


What a sequence for Yoann Bonato (C3 Rally2-Trajectus Motorsport)! After his victories at Rhône-Charbonnières then at the Canaries, he scored a third consecutive podium in three weeks. Second in Antibes, the Citroën driver performed very well in the provisional ranking of the French Championship: “Big points in the suitcase! » 


Yoann Bonato alongside his “boss”: Benoît Tréluyer – Photo Grégory Lenormand / DPPI


Anthony Fotia (C3 Rally2-PH Sport by Minerva Oil) quickly felt confident behind the wheel of a Rally2. On roads he knows well, Fotia confirmed his speed with a good third place, keeping Bonato under pressure. “This performance gives us confidence”, rejoiced Fotia.

Anthony Folia/William Hanocq – Photo Bastien Roux / DPPI

Clairay strikes a double blow

Hugo Margaillan (i20 N Rally2-CHL Sport Auto) secures big points in the French Championship. He finished in fourth place ahead of Jean-Baptiste Franceschi (Fiesta Rally2-Sarrazin Motorsport-Iron Lynx).


Jean Baptiste Franceschi/Jules Escartefigue – Photo Bastien Roux / DPPI


Raphaël Astier (CHL Sport Auto) was expected at the wheel of the new Alpine A110 Rally GT+.
Promises kept with a scratch in SS 2, but mechanical problems put an end to this first appearance.

After the retirement of Cédric Robert (A110 Rally-Team Bonneton HDG-2C Compétition) on Friday evening, victory was open in the two-wheel drive classification.


Yann Clairay/Gilles de Turckheim – Photo Bastien Roux / DPPI


Pierre Roché (A110 Rally-Team FJ) and Yann Clairay (A110 Rally-Code Racing) engaged in a fierce duel for two days!

After a delicate start to the season (abandonment at Le Touquet then Nouveau Rally at “Charbo”), Clairay took advantage of Antibes to have the last word. The driver with 2 victories in the FIA ​​GT1 World Championship (2010) scored a double victory with a victory in 2 Wheel Drive and in the Trophy Alpine Elf Rally.


The final Top 15 of the Antibes-Côte d’Azur Rally

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