Severe winter weather proved less of an obstacle than expected in the second stage of the Monte Carlo Rally.
Severe winter weather proved less of an obstacle than expected in the second stage of the Monte Carlo Rally. The heavy blanket of snow predicted to cover the roads in the French Alps failed to materialise, though drivers met with occasional patches of ice. The second stage of the world's best-known rally started on Monday (22 January) morning in Vals de Bains, Southern France, and led the drivers over five-hundred and eighty-five kilometres (363 miles) though the French Alps to Monaco. The entrants were expected to compete this leg in just over twelve hours.
SYNOPSIS: Toutes Aures is about two-hundred kilometres (120 miles) from Monaco. The first car to pass was the Ford Escort driven by Finns Mikkola and Hertz.
The Ford team leader Bjorn Waldegaard with his co-driver Hans Thorszelius consolidated Ford's lead.
The first Fiat to pass was piloted by Rohrl and Geistdorfer.
Another Finnish team, Kivimaki and Alen in the second Fiat.
Andruet and Lienard drove their Fiat on home ground.
Another home team was at the wheel of car number 4, a Lancia Stratos. Danriche and Mahe made sixth place.
Nicolas, seeking to repeat last year's win in his privately-entered Porsche.