CFR Antibes, J1: Camilli widens the gap

End of the first day at the Antibes Rally! At the end of this second loop, Eric Camilli, still leader, increases his lead in the general classification. Behind the Niçois, Bonato dislodges Anthony Fotia from second place.

The third round of the CFR Asphalte concluded its first day of racing this evening under the Antibes sun. At the end of the second loop, Eric Camilli, already leader this morning, was able to increase his lead in the general classification. Meanwhile, Yoann Bonato dislodged Anthony Fotia from second place. Behind the leading trio, dead calm on this second loop.

Camilli strong leader!

Second perfect loop for Eric Camilli this afternoon! Already leader this morning, the Niçois wins three special stages out of three and increases his gap in the general classification. On roads that he knows perfectly, the regional driver is uncompromising at the wheel of a Hyundai with which the feeling improves from stage to stage. We will have to finish tomorrow to get the first victory of the season.

Eric Camilli

We had fun, we’re starting to really understand the car well, we can see that it’s confirmed after the Charbo’. I feel very good with the car, I have freed myself well.

Behind the overall leader, Yoann Bonato made the push this afternoon to dislodge Anthony Fotia from second place. Nothing is decided between the two with a gap of only 6 seconds. For Léo Rossel fourth, second place is slightly further away, but with only 8 seconds behind Fotia, a podium is still within reach. If overall victory no longer seems possible for these three, there are huge points at stake for the championship, especially for Bonato and Rossel. This evening, it is for the moment Bonato who seems best placed to increase his lead in the championship.

Anthony Fotia

We’re on the right track, that’s what I wanted here. Eric got off to a very strong start, however, so we’re going to try to work hard to get back on track. Honestly I’m really happy, we’re having a lot of fun.

Yoann Bonato

Clearly it went well. We are certainly behind Eric but there is a good battle for the podium.

Outside of the podium, it’s dead calm in the rest of the top 10, with an afternoon without incidents and the gaps stabilizing. Hugo Margaillan and Jean-Baptiste Franceschi complete the top 6 like this morning, and Sarrazin Motorsport has a good result for the moment since Réhane Gany and Sarah Rumeau move up the rankings. Respectively 8th and 9th this morning, they are now 7th and 9th.

In two-wheel drive, Cédric Robert, still the leader, also took advantage of the second loop to widen the gap. Now more than 30 seconds ahead of Pierre Roché, the Team 2C-HDG driver can see it coming. For the championship leader, Raphaël Astier, the rally will resume tomorrow after his abandonment this morning. If a victory is obviously no longer possible, the CHL Sport Auto driver will be keen to make the Alpine A110 R-GT+ shine by trying to set scratch times.

General classification

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Cover photo credits: Anthony Segaud / France Racing.

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