be a new experience on many levels, the Briton never having taken part in a rally on this (French) side of the Channel. She will be making her maiden appearance in a Clio R3T and will be the only woman competing in the event.
Julien Fébreau, journalist and Formula 1 Grand Prix commentator on French channel Canal+, will be making his debut in a Renault Clio R3T at Le Touquet. A regular competitor at rallycross circuits, he will only be contesting the second rally of his racing career. It promises to be a major challenge for the journalist, whose fans will be eager to see if he makes it through the first corner – and then the rest of the rally!(1)
Emmanuel Guigou, not competing in the Trophy, will be one of the favourites in the R3 category. Third in the 2016 French Rally Championship, he has a lot of experience in the Renault Clio R3T, in which he has competed in France since 2014. Winner of the R3 category at almost every one of his outings in 2016, he will be looking to start the 2017 season in similar fashion.
The Rallye Le Touquet – Pas-de-Calais gets underway on Friday, 17 March with three loops of three stages, followed by two runs on the Front de Mer stage after service. It will be the longest leg, with some 130 kilometres of timed sections. On Saturday, the crews will complete two runs on three stages before concluding with a final pass on the Front de Mer stage. The prize-giving ceremony will be held after this speed test, from around 5pm.
Jean-Pascal Dauce, Customer Racing Programme Director for Renault Sport Racing: "We are very pleased to kick off the 2017 season of the Clio R3T Trophy France with such a high-quality and varied line-up. This blend of experience and youth augurs well for the rest of the year, during which we expect to see other crews join the line-up. We are delighted to return to Le Touquet, which launches a consistent 2017 calendar, with some first class rallies spread
throughout the whole of France."
Clio R3T Trophy France – List of entries (provisional) William Pitot – Romain Brun Kevin van Deijne – Kris Botson Cédric Robert – Matthieu Duval Florian Bernardi – Xavier Castex Jean-Paul Monnin – Mickaël Chatelain Damien Tozlanian – Pierre Blot Frédéric Perriat – Julie Bessonet Frédéric Flajolet – Christophe Leroy Sara Williams – Mark Glennester Julien Fébreau – Aurélien Boué