Etape 1 : Spa - Stelvio : Quand la notion d’endurance prend déjà tout son sens…

Quand la notion d’endurance prend déjà tout son sens…


Cette fois, c’est parti ! Samedi soir, devant un public encore plus nombreux que douze mois auparavant, le Liège-Rome-Liège 2018 a pris son envol officiel à Spa, pour une première étape de nuit, suivie dans la foulée d’un périple en direction de Sulden, au nord de l’Italie, entre Suisse, Autriche et Liechtenstein. Le moins que l’on puisse dire, c’est que la notion de ‘Marathon de la Route’ a d’emblée pris tout son sens, les équipages accumulant tests de régularité et liaisons, pour arriver - épuisés - au bout de cette première partie de course.

Comme on pouvait le présager, la qualité du plateau a beaucoup progressé par rapport au Liège-Rome-Liège 2017, de sorte que la lutte pour la victoire est plus ouverte que jamais. Ce qui n’a pas empêché Christian Crucifix et Yves Noelanders, derniers vainqueurs en date, de déjà pointer au sommet du classement avec leur Ford Anglia, comptant 123,8 points de pénalité, contre 148,2 à Yves et Benoît Deflandre (Porsche 911) et 153,9 points à Stéphane Blaise et Patrick Lienne (Porsche 911). Le ton est donné…

« Pour cette première partie d’épreuve, il ne fait aucun doute que les hommes et les machines ont déjà été mis à rude épreuve, explique Jean-François Devillers, responsable de la société Trajectoire organisatrice de l’événement. Et pourtant, sportivement, ce n’était qu’une mise en jambe. Je me félicite par contre de constater qu’aucun abandon n’a été à déplorer durant cette étape initiale, preuve que les équipages ont particulièrement bien préparé cette édition. »

Ce début d’épreuve a également servi de première étape pour le ‘Tribute To Liège-Rome-Liège’, réservé à des équipages ne disputant que les RT tracés en Belgique. Et c’est le célèbre duo composé de Daniel Reuter et Robert Vandevorst (Porsche 914/6) qui mène la danse devant Georges et Jean-François Neuville (BMW 2002) d’une part, Olivier Goblet et Vincent Snyers (Fiat 128) de l’autre.

Ce lundi, la caravane du Liège-Rome-Liège 2018 prendra la direction du Lac de Come en attaquant la journée par l’ascension du Col du Stelvio, dans des paysages qui promettent d’être tout aussi exceptionnels que ce dimanche.  

Etape 1 : Spa - Sulden (Stelvio) : Photos

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1.  parcours

DEPARTURE CITIES

For this edition, 3 departure cities are proposed on Saturday morning: Spa, Reims and Lyon. It is also possible to leave on Friday evening from Kortrijk and the Nürburgring to respectively Reims and Spa.

On Saturday morning all the teams will attend to the prologue's starting point in the region of Nancy. The start of the firest stage will be given in the middle of the afternoon in the heart of the city of Nancy.

DISTANCE AND RT's

The Marathon de la Route | Liège-Rome-Liège is without doubt a regular rally where endurance is important.

Of the 2200 km of the course about 30% are classification stages with more or less 35 RT's in total.

REGIONS AND STAGE TOWNS

The route will cross some of France's most beautiful regions: Vosges, Jura, Vercors, Vivarais and Ardèche. Their wild landscapes, winding roads and rugged terrain have been and still are appreciated for motor sport.

Trust Joseph Lambert to offer you a route just as fabulous as the two prevous editions!

The stage towns are: Besançon, Grenoble, Vals-les-Bains and arrival in Beaune.

2. average tables & devices, coefficient system

The Marathon de la Route | Liège-Rome-Liège is a regularity rally on open roads, where the average speed is maximum 50 km/hour. It comes under the aegis of the Royal Belgian Automobile Club and thus the FIA.

All on-board equipments are authorised.
About half of the average charts will be compulsary 48 hours before the start of the rally. The other charts will be provided by the marshalls at the start of the RT's.

Time recording during RT's is done by Tripy.

If all cars until 12.31.1979 and some even until 12.31.1990 are eligible, a coeeficient system will allow cars from the 60s to compete with newer and easier to drive vehicles. Thus, they will also be able to play the general classification. This point is detailed in the Regulation.

3. No more complete night but 2 late stages

The complete night at the departure from Spa that we proposed these 2 last editions has no sporting interest in the track of the Marathon de la Route.

But the arrival of the first stage in the Doubs and the third stage in Ardèche will be late, i.e. around midnight for the first teams.

It will be an opportunity to enjoy the pleasure of driving at night away from all traffic.

4. Mechanics

A support vehicle will close the road and carry out repairs on any vehicle on the circuit if they are really minor.

Failing this and depending on possibilities, the vehicle in trouble will be put somewhere safe (village, garage, the place where we stop for lunch, etc.). You, your private mechanic or repatriation insurance will look after things from there.

Regarding the maintenance and repairs for your vehicle, you have the following options:

1. Do IT YOURSELF

2. SIGN UP FOR THE OFFICIAL SERVICE

- Official assistance 'Standard' : For 300 euros, our team of mechanics will handle everything during the evening stage to ensure your vehicle is in perfect condition to continue the rally the next day. This team is not available for giving your car an overhaul or for major repairs! Please note that if there is too much work, priority will be given to highest ranking teams.

- Official assistance 'Premium' : How about the same services a private assistance offers? All the comfort of a team around your car to make it reliable, make adjustements, intervene on the course, ... withouot organizing it yourself?
Our partner "MY Vintage" sets this service up.

3. CALL IN PRIVATE service

For ...... euro your assistance will be accomodated in the same hotel as you.
The organization will provide useful elements to move along the route (maps and GPS points) and a place to work in the evening at the arrival of the stage.

Lunch and dinner are included (2 persons).
Gala dinner in Beaune is included (2 persons).

This assistance can be shared by maximum 4 teams.

5. ACCOMMODATION

IOur proposal concerns the 4 nights from Saturday 8 June in Besançon to Tuesday 11 June in Beaune.

There is no longer a choice between 3*- or 4*-hotels. All crews will stay in the same hotel.
Depending on the local offer it will sometimes be 3*-, sometimes 4*-hotels.

THESE RATES APPLY UNTIL 1 APRIL 2018
After this date, prices will change depending on availability of the hotels and the prices in force at each of the hotels at the time of your request.

6. Special prizes

In addition to the usual rankings, three rewards will be offered:
  • The 'Sander' Price.

    This prize is awarded to the top-ranking parent-child teams.

    The father and son team from Verviers, Willy Sander and Guy Sander, took part as a team in all the Liège-Rome-Liège and Liège-Sofia-Liège rallies from 1959 to 1963.
  • The 'Moss-Wisdom' Price.

    This prize rewards top-ranking female teams (1st team, 1st driver, 1st co-driver).

    The English women Pat Moss and Ann Wisdom were the first and the only ones to win a 100% female victory in the last Liège-Rome-Liège in 1960 in their Austin-Healey.
  • The Night Challenge.

    This challenge rewards performances during the two night stages. But they are also integrated into the final ranking.
ENTRY FEE
The entry fee, without accommodation, is: 00000 €
Individual benefits:
Registration until 10/31/2018:                                               - 150 euro
Registration between 11/01/2018 and 12/31/2018:         - 100 euro
Team advantage:
Group registration of 3 teams:                                       - 100 euro/car
- the discount is offered to each team,
- the discount will be cancelled if one of the 3 teams renounces to participate,
- in the event of withdrawal, the concerned team may not be replaced.

Individual sponsoring:
Any participant who sponsors a new team which didn't take part in 2017 or 2018 will be offered a discount of:                       - 50 euro/ sponsoring

CONDITIONS:

- These benefits are cumulative
- These advantages are granted only with the payment of a deposit of 1000 euro at the time of receipt of the invoice.
See General Conditions

                                                  
THIS INCLUDES : General organisation • Sports coaches • Insurance • Lunches • Luggage transport • Official dinner in Beaune on Tuesday 11 June 2019.
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