Sébastien Carron leads the way in the 57th Rallye International du Valais

Sébastien Carron is still hungry: after five victories out of five rallies this season, and a Swiss title clinched with one round to go, he wants to win Rallye International du Valais too and has been fastest from the beginning of the rally with his Ford Fiesta R5, ahead of Fabio Andolfi for his second outing in the Hyundai New Generation i20 R5, while Jan Černý (Škoda Fabia R5) is third.

Sébastien Carron managed his lead in the afternoon loop of stages. While Fabio Andolfi won all the four afternoon stages (sharing the fastest time in one with Jan Černý), the 2016 Swiss Rally Champion followed in the slipstream to end the day in first with an 11-second advantage over Fabio Andolfi, his closest rival, who has stretched the gap to third-placed Černý to 20.7 seconds. Jérémie Toedtli is only 0.4 seconds away from a podium finish after being second fastest in two occasions this afternoon at the wheel of his Škoda Fabia R5, 16.6 seconds ahead of the Peugeot 207 S2000 driven by Florian Gonon who is fighting to defend fifth place from Pascal Perroud’s Ford Fiesta R5, which lies 2 seconds behind him. Olivier Burri is seventh for his first participation in a Hyundai New Generation i20 R5, 4.6 seconds ahead of Pieter Tsjoens' Fiesta R5. Behind the two Citroën DS3 R5s of Federico Della Casa and Mike Coppens, Marc Valliccioni leads the 2WD class and the RGT category in his Porsche 997 RGT. He is currently 11th overall.

In the Swiss Rally Championship Junior, Nicolas Lathion leads (19th overall), ahead of Ismaël Vuistiner (20th) and the leader of the championship, Aurélien Devanthéry (22nd).

Philippe Rauch

Clerk of the Course of the Rallye International du Valais for 24 years, Philippe Rauch has been unable to perform his duties for the 57th running of the event this year for health reasons. The efficiency of all the members of the staff he has set up himself has allowed the rally to run smoothly. The entire organising team wishes Philippe a speedy recovery.

News Live from SS 1 to 8

N° 23 Patrick MULLER/David RAPPAZ (Subaru Impreza) retirement SS 1 - mechanical

N° 49 Yoan LOEFFLER/Sarah LATTION (Citroën DS3) retirement SS 1 - transmission N° 52 Monique EHRENSPERGER/Géraldine ROSSIER (Mitsubishi Lancer) retirement exit parc fermé - mechanical

N° 54 Yannick ZWAHLEN/Mandy ZWAHLEN (Renault Clio) retirement SS 1 - brakes

N° 17 Laurent VUKASOVIC/Steve GROUX (Ford Fiesta) retirement SS 2 N° 53 Anthony HUGUELET/Antoine RUFFIEUX (Subaru Impreza) retirement SS 3 - mechanical

N° 72 Patrick AUBORT/Bruno DOS SANTOS (Renault Clio) retirement SS 3 - mechanical

N° 74 Luc PANNATIER/Pierre-ANdré TERRETTAZ (Renault Twingo) retirement SS 3 - off road - crew okay

N° 51 Didier TORRENT/Dominique ROBYR (Renault Clio) retirement SS 4 - mechanical

N° 4 Urs HUNSIKER/William WINIGER (Mini John Cooper Works WRC) retirement before SS 4 - mechanical

N° 73 Antoine MAIRE/Aurore DURUSSEL (Renault Twingo) retirement SS 4 - mechanical

N° 35 Xavier CRAVIOLINI/Yannick MICHELOUD (Honda CIvic) retirement SS 5 - mechanical

N° 55 Steve BALET/Gilbert BALET (Peugeot 106) retirement SS 5 - transmission

N° 66 José MATOS/Nelson SILVA (Citroën C2) retirement SS 5 - toook a wheel off

N° 69 Michele MILANI/Paolo MILANO (Renault Clio) retirement SS 5

N° 45 Michel SCHNEGG/Lisiane ZBINDEN (Citroën C2) retirement before SS 7 - mechanical

N° 70 Yann VANNIER/Pascal SCHMID (Renault Clio) retirement SS 8 - mechanical


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