From Poitiers through to northern Spain has been fantastic. Great roads with almost no traffic and good competition.
We are doing pretty well with very few mistakes but up in the mountains we just don’t have enough pace to make some of the climbs without penalty, the descents are difficult also with some brake fade!
Currently we are 16th overall and first in class but hopefully the flatter terrain will be to our advantage for the rest of the week. Only 5 more days to go!
I’ve met some old friends along the way who turned out to support us and that was great to see them.
We are now in the most luxurious monestry you are likely to see and the Gin is generously served!
No pictures today due to a very slow internet connection so I’ll load them asap.
For what was expected to be a relaxed rally London to Lisbon has been, so far, quite intense.
The Start from Brooklands immediately sent us south to roads I know well with the first Regularity ending within 500m of my workshop and then on to William Medcalf’s Vintage Bentley Buisness. West from there to Wilton near Salisbury for lunch and the first test before returning via the New Forest and two more regularities to Portsmouth for the overnight crossing to St Malo. A great days rallying all round.
Jane took some great pictures from the start and can be seen here; http://jamesewing.zenfolio.com/p570942929
An early start off the boat set us off on a 400km cross country trip to Poitiers. Several regs and one kart test kept us busy and so far all is going well with the minimum of penalties leaving us in 16th place (having briefly shared the lead in England) it’s a very long way to go…..
A couple of pictures from Scrutineering. The A35 is being navigated by Phil Thompsett who I met by chance a couple of weeks ago playing golf!
The Fiat 2300 Abarth Coupe in Park Ferme. GaugePilot installed and calibrated, I think we are ready to go!
Time control at William Medcalf’s Vintage Bentley Workshop on the old A3 near Liss tomorrow from 11.00 if anyone local fancies seeing all the cars.
Today has been less hectic but colder than yesterday, down to -18C at one point in the freezing mist!
Spectacular scenery and a great drive this morning and a more complicated afternoon with ice covered roads and an errant competitor blocking the road and costing us 5 minutes in penalties.
Tomorrow will be longer with a night navigation section before arriving at our hotel.
External temperature gauge.
Hotel Pupp. Very smart!