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CFR: second victory for Yohann Rossel

Leo Rossel triumphs at Vosges Grand Est, scare for Bonato

In challenging weather conditions and on difficult asphalt, Léo Rossel clinched his second rally win in the French Asphalt Championship (CFR). Unlike most of his competitors, the Citroën driver managed to avoid trouble and has now firmly re-entered the race for the French championship title. “This was my favorite rally. The car was impeccable and the team did an outstanding job, including the reconnaissance team. I will savor this victory more than the one at Le Touquet,” said Rossel.

Like Rossel, Hugo Margaillan also avoided punctures and the pitfalls of the Vosges asphalt, achieving his best result since racing with the Hyundai i20 Rally2. “When we saw the pace set yesterday in these conditions, we knew we had to stay on the road and finish the rally without any damage. The team did a great job and the car performed well. We must not give up; our first win is coming soon,” Margaillan commented.

The final podium spot went to a surprising Quentin Gilbert, a brilliant winner in the FRGT at the wheel of the Alpine A110 RGT. “We had a great race, securing the podium. It was a very challenging event. Excellent work by the reconnaissance team. Everyone did a fantastic job, and it feels almost like a victory for us,” said Gilbert.

The event was also marked by Yoann Bonato’s crash this morning. Suffering from a fractured vertebra, the driver from Les Deux Alpes is now on forced rest. Just off the podium, Réhane Gany achieved his best result in the French championship despite a complicated Saturday. Behind him, narrowly missing the podium, was Lucas Darmezin, making his first appearance in the Rally2 category of the French championship.

The overall standings after this race show Rossel and Bonato tied at 59 points, but with Rossel leading due to his two victories compared to Bonato’s one. Margaillan is in third place with 53 points, followed by Camilli in fourth with 41 points.