Avoid taking me.
Gstaad Classic is a true Rally with lots of special stages (Races) on closed mountain roads. The starting Point is Gstaad, which we returned to every night.
I have to confess to always having had a resentment against Gstaad, but it is really pleasant, with beautiful chalets and shops. If you want to go to a skiing place where you don’t need to ski, go there.
|“Cheese, butter, milk, grass, herbs, fat: yum”|
As always with the Peter Auto Organisation the field of cars was exceptional, the food delicious and the weather beautiful.
|No, this is not a special stage… this is to give you an idea of what the roads look like.|
The following stage I drove. Not feeling confident at all and not super quick, but I did it.
|I love the stratos. And two of them I love even more.|
During that first day we had 4 special stages, Marc did two and as usual his times were the best overall during that day. I did the other two and came 5th and seventh, meaning that we still ended up in first place in the evening..
So thank god for the Rösti Graben, which contains these people in and us in the future hopefully out!
|People in funny pyjamas still looking happy and hopeful, waiting for stage 2, day 2..|
|The best bit of the day: riding behind these beautiful TZs..|
On top of that we were caught speeding twice by the organisation (going 73 instead of 60km/h), when we overtook those slow cars to catch up with some other rally cars (giving us another minute penalty. Oh yes.
The second Marc did and we came first with an advance of almost 20 secs… The same stage was then repeated (good idea), I took the wheel and messed up the first half, but still managed to come third.
Here we received only twenty seconds, I think the organisers by now felt sorry for us. Thankfully we really didn’t feel sorry for ourselves. We were so concentrated on the driving that we didn’t somehow acknowlegde the fact that to win a rally you not only have to drive but you also have to pay attention to the rest and avoid Penalties! Next time we shall double check EVERYTHING and I promise I will keep away from numbers! (YEAH)
One of the best things about Gstaad Classic was the amount of female racers, at least seven or eight female pilots. That is really uncommon for an event which is about proper racing on dangerous unknown little mountain roads. I never seen so many, one of them even won the whole event and a entirely female team came third. Hurray!
And now I’m off to the IAA.
This post is not so good.