Swiss duo wins 2018 Tour Auto in a dramatic finale
Last Saturday, after five days of driving, the 2018 Tour Auto finally reached Nice. After the stage to Mégève, the subject of our last report, came the journey down into the Rhone Valley. This included a special test on the Lédenon racetrack near Avignon, preceded by a spectacular mountain stretch with extreme inclines, tight hairpin curves and a backdrop of snow-capped peaks. The British team of Andrew Smith and James Cottingham coped best with the Alpine challenge, putting in an outstanding performance in their Ford GT40.
The next stage led through southern France from Avignon to Aix in the heart of Provence, where participants enjoyed a lunch break in the historic setting of the Dominican convent Couvent Royal de Saint Maximin. They also got to race round the Paul Ricard track, which event organizer Peter Auto uses for its historic racing series.
After winding 483 kilometers through Provence, the final stage of the 2018 Tour Auto finished by the Mediterranean in Nice. In a dramatic finale, Swiss team Favaro/Badan in a Lotus Elan R26 won after technical problems with the GT40 forced Smith/Cottingham to abandon the race.
Our photographer Julien Mahiel has put together some of his best pictures from the Tour:
For detailed results, please visit the result service of Tour Auto.
All photos courtesy of Julien Mahiels.