Rally: Winter challenge – Towards the Sun

The tradition was preserved and so the teams for the Winter Challenge 2016 started their direction to Monte Carlo from two different locations. The chequered starting flag was swung at the same time in Echternach in Luxembourg and at the Royal Automobile Club WOODCOTE Park in Epson / UK. From the Volvo PV544 from the 1950s until the Porsche 911 from the 1980s there was a total of 40 classic car icons at the start of this challenging rally (organized by HERO Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation). Charles Colton and Ryan Pickering were celebrated as the winners, who had mastered the track in their Porsche 911, built in 1966.

The rally “Winter Challenge” is less about speed and more about endurance and precision. While the vast plains of Northern France still invited to the relaxed cruising, while the teams had to expect a challenging nature with steep curves, sustained climbs in the French mountains in the South of the country.

John Abel and Leigh Powley took over the leadership on the first day. Already on the second day last year’s winner of Jan Ebus with the very experienced navigator Bart den Hartog on their Porsche 356 C built in 1964 took over. It remained so until the last day of the rally. Through a misunderstanding in their time card, the leading team conceded a penalty two and a half minutes and therefore fell back on the rear ranks. But Ebus and den Hartog were always on the heels of the leading teams. But they received one minute and 45 seconds penalty points, because they had arrived as a whole 17 minutes late at the time control. Thus, this team ended up on 3rd place.
So Paul Crosby and Andy Pullan won with the least penalties in their Porsche 911 from 1970 – if the Porsche would have been only a year older – the two had received the overall victory for themselves by a wide margin.