Sébastien Carron wins the 57th Rallye International du Valais
Sébastien Carron has made a clean sweep. He claimed victory in the Rallye International du Valais after having led from start to finish in his Ford Fiesta R5.
After having been second for long at the wheel of his Hyundai New Generation i20 R5, Italian driver Fabio Andolfi has been forced into retirement when he went off the road in SS 11 (consecutively to a mechanical failure) while chasing the leader, with a gap of only 2.9 seconds. Therefore, Jan Černý (Škoda Fabia R5) climbed onto the second step of the podium. The Czech driver has been all the way under the threat of Jérémie Toedtli, author of his first ever fastest time in his young career: The Škoda Fabia R5 of the latter finishes only 1.2 second adrift the former. A puncture cost Florian Gonon (Peugeot 207 S2000) over four minutes, relegating him from 4th to 8th. Therefore, the 4th and 5th places went to the Ford Fiesta R5s of Pascal Perroud and Belgian Pieter Tsjoen. Olivier Burri (Hyundai New Generation i20 R5) went off following the same mechanical problem as Andolfi’s and retired in the very last stage offering the 6th and 7th places to the Citroën DS3 R5s of Federico Della Casa and Mike Coppens. Ninth overall, Marc Valliccioni wins the 2 wheel drive category and the RGT Cup, while Philippe Radoux completes the top 10 with his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX.
The victory of Nicolas Lathion (14th overall) ahead of Ismaël Vuistiner (15th) doesn't prevent Aurélien Devanthéry, third in the Junior class (18th overall) to be crowned champion in the Swiss Rally Junior Championship. As far as Cédric Althaus, 13th overall in his Renault Clio R3T, he is the winner of the Clio Alps Trophy.
Fastest times: Andolfi 5, Carron 4, Černý 4, Toedtli 1.