The return of the event was expected, after two years of absence. The small town of Saint-Gouéno, in the heart of the Pays du Mené (Côtes-d’Armor), hosted this weekend the sixth round of the French Mountain Championship, a speed car race, in the presence of “the elite of the Montagnards” : 170 hill climb drivers took part in the events.
In a town of 680 inhabitants
From the warm-up lap on Friday May 27 until the prize-giving ceremony on Sunday evening, the event attracted a total of « more than 10,000 people » in Saint-Gouéno, a small town of 680 inhabitants, indicate the organizers, who saluted the character « popular and unifying of this event ».
The course, at the foot of Mont Bel-Air, the highest point in the Côtes-d’Armor, contained 3,200 meters of turns and an average slope of 4.5%, to be covered « with competition machines that have nothing to do with these everyday roads », laughed Kévin Petit, professional driver of the Helium Racing team, who finished second in the classification, behind the Alsatian Billy Ritchen.
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In total, more than 10,000 spectators came to watch the timed practice and championship rounds this weekend in Saint-Gouéno (Côtes-d’Armor). © West-France
Alongside the racing prototypes, one could also admire the performances of passionate amateur drivers, such as Antoine Cordonnier and his Simca 1000 or the locals Romain Briend and David Guillard, with their Renault Mégane and Clio RS Cup. Committed participants « for pure leisure, without sponsor or team », who also contributed to show and the good atmosphere of these three days of local celebration.