Hit and Run, Hit and Miss, Home Run
When you left us we were in Barcelona. The good news is that we are now in Monaco!
Some 1300km and exactly 24 hours later. Of which the car was stationary for less than 4 hrs total and of which I slept around 1.5 hours from 7am in Barcelona to 10pm in Monaco the day after.
En route we passed Cols in the Pyrenees, the Vineyards of the Valley du Rhone then into the Southern Alps. With fine weather the whole way apart from limited fog patches (compared to the hours of fog suffered by the Reims starters) meant the challenge was one of endurance for car and crew rather than dependent on driving talent (fortunately) although there were some tricky elements to the navigation which left our route choice occasionally a bit hit or miss!
Approaching the first RT we were in a traffic jam and were assaulted by an old chap who rammed the car denting the front wing very slightly who then panicked and wheelspan away!
The first RT itself was dry and with the tripmaster set up perfectly by Stuart (in amongst his traditional naps) even with very tired minds we managed to get reasonably close to the required average everywhere finishing with just 1.7 secs of error combined on the 2 checks and in 43rd place overnight. Top British crew for now but not much in it!!
Today we've 4 specials and 12 hours in the car back to Valence. The Fulvia hasn't missed a beat but one of the tyres was flat this morning which was quickly pumped back up.
Your"knowing its all downhill from here correspondent",