Ondřej Bisaha/Petr Těšínský concluded a thrilling season by grabbing the earn on the European Rally Trophy closing on the Rallye Global du Valais this weekend (17-19 October). The Swiss Aurélien Devanthéry/Michaël Volluz and Jonathan Michellod, navigated by Stéphane Fellay, have the FIA ERT 3 and FIA ERT Junior laurels respectively.
The Swiss mountain roads and vineyards of Valais supplied a gorgeous backdrop to the final showdown of this one year’s FIA European Rally Trophy. After many twists and turns over 213.81 aggressive kilometres on sealed surface, it used to be Bisaha who emerged victorious on the wheel of his Hyundai i20 R5.
Despite routine mechanical complications, the Czech managed to ship a consistent efficiency to lift out almost four minutes earlier than his rival Toedtli. The Swiss Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 driver confirmed impressive tempo sooner or later of the tournament, environment eight quickest stage times including the closing tempo test on the Provider Park in Sion, but this used to be no longer sufficient to originate up for the time he lost with a retirement on Thursday’s first leg.
Bisaha said: “It’s been an intense one year and I’m very chuffed to attain the season with the European Rally Trophy title. Competing on Rallye Global du Valais for the final used to be an nice experience. Right this moment, I’ve driven some of essentially the most though-provoking stages that I’ve had to discover in my lifestyles.”
Amongst the R2s battling for the FIA ERT 3 title, victory went to Switzerland’s Aurélien Devanthéry in a Peugeot 208, in entrance of his fellow compatriot Jonathan Michellod in a identical automobile. The Italian Enrico Oldrati completed the rostrum in a Ford Fiesta.
Michellod would possibly likely also no longer devour taken the tip location in FIA ERT 3 but the Swiss would possibly likely taste victory by claiming the FIA ERT Junior title, a class dedicated to the rally stars of tomorrow, under 26 years extinct. Oldrati used to be 2d, with a gap of 4 minutes and 36.2 seconds to the winner, earlier than every other Helvetian driver, Clément Piquerez, in third location with a Citroën C2.
For the final classifications, discuss about with the FIA European Rally Trophy standings on fia.com.
Photo credits: Ondřej Bisaha / Petr Těšínský, photo by Dominique Schaechtelin, Trusk Photos.