It did not take long for Michaël Burri to respond. With his chances of victory gone, he focused his attention on being the most consistent performer in the event and changed his race strategy accordingly, a policy that started to pay dividends on stage three. Despite keeping pace with his rivals, Jean-Pierre Gatti then fell victim to some technical gremlins of his own, with a loose electrical wire resulting in an engine cutout that cost him 2:43.4 in his battle with Olivier Courtois and dropped him down to third. Despite sorting out the glitch and then posting some excellent times, he would stay in third for the rest of the race, though he at least had the chance to continue to find his bearings in the Clio R3T.
Their opponents’ travails left Olivier Courtois and Hubert Risser with the relatively straightforward task of simply maintaining their lead. Finding a consistent pace and steering well clear of trouble, they eased home for a valuable win, one that leaves them second in the Clio R3T Alps Trophy standings and in the race to qualify for the final of the Clio R3T European Trophy, behind Michaël Burri and Anderson Levratti and ahead of Jean-Pierre Gatti and Bertrand Chagot. The season’s next meeting is the Rallye Mont-Blanc Morzine, a superb event in which the Clio R3T Alps Trophy crews will come face to face with the challengers in the Clio R3T Trophy France. The three-day race gets under way in the resort of Morzine on 3 September.