The 39th Rally Vosges Grand Est: 174 teams ready in Gérardmer

Record numbers, as often happens with the French Asphalt Rally Championship.

Everything is ready in Gérardmer for the 39th Rally Vosges Grand Est, valid as the fourth round of the French Rally Championship (CFR). The competition, which will take place on June 15 and 16, will see 174 teams at the start, divided into 154 modern cars, 10 Opel Corsa e-Rally, and 10 historic cars (VHC).

Compared to last year, there is a significant increase in the number of participants, from 123 to 154 modern cars. The course has also been extended, with a total of 210.54 timed kilometers, compared to 172 kilometers in 2023. The rally will start on Saturday, June 15 with three special stages to be repeated twice, and the same format will be followed on Sunday, June 16, including the special stage “La Vologne,” which is 26 kilometers long, the longest of the entire rally.

Among the Rally2 favorites are all the championship stars: Yoann Bonato (Citroën C3 Rally2), Eric Camilli (Hyundai i20 Rally2), Hugo Margaillan (Hyundai i20 Rally2), Leo Rossel (Citroën C3 Rally2), Antony Fotia (Citroën C3 Rally2), and JyBé Franceschi (Ford Fiesta Rally2).

William Wagner (Citroën C3 Rally2) will race in his home rally, while Lucas Darmezin will make his championship debut with the C3 Rally2. Local drivers to watch include Steve Mourey and Jean-Renaud Marchal. There is also great anticipation for the debut of the Toyota Yaris GR Rally2 in the CFR, driven by Estonian driver Georg Linnamäe, and for Olivier Mellors, who will compete with a rare Proton Iriz. In total, 22 Rally2 cars are expected at the start.

In the FRGT category, Raphaël Astier will be the big favorite with the new Alpine A110 GT+. Despite some mechanical problems in Antibes, the car proved to be very competitive. Among his opponents will be Quentin Gilbert and Cédric Robert, who will race with the “old” Alpine A110 RGT.

In FRC4, with only eight entrants due to the absence of the Stellantis Trophy, the favorite will be the 18-year-old Pablo Sarrazin. The young French driver has had an excellent start to the season in both CFR Asphalt and CFR Gravel and is closely watched by the FFSA for a possible international program in 2025.

The Clio Rally5 Trophy will see massive participation with around thirty competitors. Among the favorites are Arthur Pelamourgues, Yoan Corberand, and Lucas Zielinski.

In FRallyNat, the return of Ludovic Jeudy with his famous 205 will be one of the highlights, while Jean-Nicolas Hot, faithful to his Subaru, could prove to be a formidable competitor racing at home.