Tour Auto Optic 2000, 2017 Day 3

From the first glimmer of the day the sun made its appearance, flooding with a light grazing and orange the park of the castle of Goulaine. A certain freshness contrasts however outside, and probably causing some difficulties in starting for some mechanical ...
392 kilometers to be covered by the competitors of the Tour Auto for this third stage, from Haute Goulaine to Limoges, along the roads of Pays de la Loire, Poitou and Limousin, with hilly and colorful landscapes. On the route of each stage, in the smallest village, the old car is displayed that is exposed to the side of the road, thus honoring the passage of the Tour Auto. The terraces of the "petit bistrots" are also very popular to admire for two or three hours the passage of the caravan of the Tour, while tasting the specialty of the corner.
On the program this third stage, two events on roads and an event on the circuit of Val de Vienne.

From 7:00 am the first car of the competition category takes the start. The openers left for an hour earlier. Destination Champdeniers Saint Denis in the Deux Sèvres, first grouping of the day in preparation for the race on closed roads in the region of Augé. This short and fast event demands special attention from the crews, although it takes place on a dry road.
SMTIH / GOTTINGHAM crossed the finish line by completing the best time in the HCV competition in front of CARON / GIRAUDET and JOUSSET / MILIOTIS. VANDROME / VIVIER in G1 G2 and LECOURT / NARAC in H1 H2 I achieve the best time in their category. The BENNETT / BENNETT duo is in regularity class at the wheel of an Alfa Roméo TZ.

This set of wheels accomplished, the competitors take the direction of the abbey of Celle sur Belle, rebuilt in the 17th century on the remains of an old abbey building of the 11th. The framework of this abbey serves as a pretext for the lunch break before resuming the road towards the circuit of the Val de Vienne. Again SMITH is in front of CARON and ELLERBROCK in competition HCV. VANDROMME on GT40 climbs on the first step of the podium in G1 G2 and JOHN OF B. imitates in H1 H2 I. NICOULES / NICOULES on Studebaker Coupe Champion demonstrate their ability in regularity category.
The checkered flag lowered towards the start of the third time trial of the day, At Saint Martin de Jussac, in the Vienne, whose course is traced on narrow roads, wet at the end of the day, and the turmoil relief. On the SMITH / COTTINGHAM time record, CARON / GIRAUDET and FAVARO / NICOLET in HCV are required. LEMBERG / LEMBERG and MAC NEIL / JEANNETTE are illustrated respectively in G1 G2 and H1 H2 I. The prize is awarded to the DUPARD / SAUSSEREAU crew in regularity.
The capital of the "arts of fire", the location of the great names of porcelain and art workshops of enamel and stained glass, Limoges, welcomes the caravan of the Tour Auto within the grounds of the exhibition center.
At the end of this third stage fatigue is read on the faces, but we must look at these old mechanics in view of the stage of the next day.

In Limoges, the provisional general rankings are as follows:

Category regularity:
HAMONIAU / DERNONCOUR Ferrari 250 GT Lusso
NICOULES / NICOULES Studebaker Coupé Champion
DELOULIN / SENTIS Peugeot 204 Coupé

Category competition:
HCV
SMITH / COTTINGHAM Ford GT40
CARON / GIRAUDET Shelby Cobra 289
LAJOURNADE / BOUCHET Jaguar Type E 2,8L
G1 G2
LEMBERG / LEMBERG Alfa Romeo 1750 GTAM
VIARD / HAT Ford Escort MK I RS 2000
THIBOULT / BRAJEUX Morris Cooper S MKII


H1 H2 I
JOHN OF B. / SIBEL Ligier JS2
SIRGUE / CARRIERE by Tomaso Pantéra
MAC NEIL / JEANNETTE Porsche 911 RSR 3,0L

Performance Index
DELSO / DE MIGUEL Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Véloce

Four new dropouts at the end of this stage.

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