Gazelles in fine fettle
The Gazelles’ troubles are not over. The next pass is even more difficult. Jamila and Corinne of Team 147 (Corinne TISSERAND / Jamila FRUCHART - KOWA Company & WES Worldwide Exclusive Services) get stuck but hadn’t counted on the solidarity of the other teams who stop to help, including Anne-Marie of Team 190 (Anne-Marie BORG / Yolande BENS - CONSTRUCTIONS DU SUD OUEST - CSO), a Rallye regular. Anne-Marie offers advice and encouragement to the Gazelles, who are impressed. Meanwhile the navigators are “on vacation” and even get their cameras out to capture the moment, such as Delphine of Team 165 (Delphine BRIERE / Sylvie DAVID-BOULIN - Conseil National des Femmes Françaises ( CNFF)).
The Gazelles are in fine fettle and advancing well. “It’s going well today, compared to most days”, jokes Jamila of Team 152 (Jamila AZAÏS / Bérengère TRILLAT - AB FISH). Unfortunately, that is not the case for all teams. Some get a bit lost around CP3, like Patricia and Sylvie of Team 175 (Patricia JOLY / Sylvie GALLIOU - Didier Cisilotto). Patricia is disappointed, but Sylvie puts it in perspective: “It could be worse, we could be in the Metro”. Before continuing, they ask Charlotte and Hélène of Team 238 (Hélène GRAND'EURY / Charlotte ZUCCONI - AFFI MOBILE), winners of the 28th edition, for advice. To be sure not to make a mistake this time, Kiera and Sophie of Team 216 (Kiera CHAPLIN / Sophie TAPIE - https://www.sainthonore.com/en/) arrive on foot. “We thought it was too easy and we didn’t want to waste any kilometres”, explains Sophie.
The leaders are subjected to a body and vehicle search by the rally marshals, who check that the Gazelles do not have any prohibited equipment in their possession: GPS, obviously, but also electronic compasses, binoculars or a camera with a powerful zoom. “If you could find our compass that would be great”, jokes Camille of Team 142 (Mylène LECIEUX / Céline BOGDANSKI - HYLA EVOLUTION). Three marshal vehicles are criss-crossing the course to ensure that the rules are not broken.