The classification stage began at 7:00 am. The crews left from the port of Monte Carlo covering 128 km to reach the first timed race Soleilhas – Castellane of 16.087 km where the first competitor was expected at 9.55am and ended on Lac de Chaudanne.
The victory of this special is won by crew no. 243 Fabio Loperfido and Simone Calosi, aboard the splendid Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1.300 Rally. However, the duo was unable to continue their performance on the second timed race Chaudon-Norante – Digne-les-Bains of 16.085 km which crossed the famous Col de Corobin (1211 m) where they slipped to ninth place overall; instead we point out a great exploit of couple no. 25 Michel Decremer, representative of the Scuderia Promotor in the 2023 Italian Major Events Championship in which he won the overall classification of the media trials, reaching first position overall in the general classification, tied with 3 other crews. The competitors then reached the Digne Les Bains time control.

In the afternoon they continued north with the third Ventavon – Chabestan timed race of 20.292 km across the Col de Faye (922 m) and followed by the Vercors massif where Michel Decremer conquered the summit, leaving crew no. 243 Loperfido-Calosi in 14th place. After this special test, crew no. 209 Giorgio Schon and Francesco Gianmarino, are in third place overall aboard the marvelous Austin Mini Cooper S, a crew of Milano Autostoriche with a low average.
The day ends with test number 4 La Cîme du Mas – Col Gaudissart of 17.535 km including the difficult Col de l’Écharasson (1146 m) which saw the winner of crew 25 Michel Decremer who will start tomorrow in second place position.

At the end of the day our crew no. 156 Garosci-Briani aboard the Fiat Ritmo finished in 27th position in the General Ranking.
Only the first two special tests determine the starting order of the second day of competition.

The day was characterized by sun and serenity, and not even the coveted or feared Col de l’Écharasson reserved shivers except in a very small stretch where the very little snow on a very short stretch of the route was reported by a fun group of spectators, to give a little thrill to this race which has more of a spring flavor than a winter one as expected from Monte Carlo.
Last two time checks in Saint-Jean-en-Royans and finally Valance for the parc fermé of Camp de Mars, host city again this year.
See you tomorrow for new updates!

Cristina Biagi x Promotor Classic MAGAZINE

Photo Credits: ACM & Photo Renè Official Photographer