We were stage side for the 2015 Rallye Monte-Carlo to open the WRC season. Here we take a look at the top contenders from the WRC2 and GT classes. The full results from the rally can be found here
“It was a difficult race and Rallye Monte-Carlo is a very big legend. It’s the perfect start to the year and I hope for some more victories as well.” Stephane Lefebvre
It was all on nothing as the final day kicked off and the excitement was palatable. It was going to be a battle between Craig, Camilli and Martin Koci to catch second placed Armin Kremer in the hope of stealing his position. Camilli drew first blood on the opening stage of the day with Craig just over four seconds in arrears but on the next stage everything turned on its head when not only did the Peugeot Rally Academy pair blitz the time sheets to catch and pass Kremer by one second but Camilli and Koci had cracked under pressure and put themselves out of the fight. Craig cemented his position by going fastest again on the final stage to take his first podium this year and with it eighteen valuable championship points.
Armin Kremer fought hard to third place. He had been holding second but fell to Peugeot’s Craig Breen in the final stage
Peugeot 208 T16 R5, pilot Jonathan Hirschi had a late fight and finished 19th overall, 5th in the WRC2 category,
Two tweets from Francois Delecour from the Monte – “l’accélérateur cassé. Throttle broken. Pardon” and “Monte. Bah!”
Photos by Sam Tickell, January 2015
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