Michellod – Fellay celebrate maiden TER victory in Chablais
Carron and Ballinari complete the podium.
Jonathan Michellod and Stéphane Fellay secured their first victory in Rallye du Chablais, 2022 TER – Tour European Rally round 3, after leading from start to finish with a Škoda Fabia Rally 2. In the varying conditions of the opening leg, they had the upper hand over Sébastien Carron - Lucien Revaz. Driving a Škoda Fabia Rally 2, the multiple winners of the event’s experience could not constantly match the pace of their rivals, despite earning them some stage wins.
Two-time Swiss Champion Ivan Ballinari, codriven by Marco Menchini on a Vw Polo kept a steady pace, learning the car and gradually improving his stage times to clinch third place.
Just short of the podium, Cédric Althaus and Gaëtan Lathion were fourth with a Skoda Fabia, ahead of 2021 Swiss Champion Mike Coppens. Codriven by Renaud Jamoul on a Citroën C3, Coppens struggled in the opening day but showed good speed and stage-winning form on Sunday.
In TER Junior, Sacha Althaus - Lisiane Zbinden (Renault Clio Rally 4) took a back-to-back category win in the event: a great result and, once again, ahead of Guillaume Girolamo and Benjamin Betrisey, driving a Rally 5 spec Renault Clio. They repeated last year’s second place, finishing ahead of Thibault Maret - Andy Malfoy with a Peugeot 208 Rally 4.
Maurice Brera and Pierre-Alain Forestier took TER 2WD honours driving a Peugeot 208 Rally 4.