Lancia takes gruelling victory in Nice

| 13 Sep 2012

A 1971 Lancia Fulvia (main pic) driven by Fréderic and Marjorie Ozon won the 16th Jean Behra Historic Rallye on 12 September.

Organised by the Automobile Club de Nice, the three-day regularity rally takes in 18 stages and 600 miles along the scenic roads of the French Riviera and the Alps.

The little coupé came out on top ahead of cars such as Julien Landucci’s Alpine A310 and a Volvo 123GT driven by Bernard Mazuyer and Jean Rick.

Marjorie Ozon said: "It is our first victory, so winning a rally we first entered in 2010 is a great achievement and very special!”

Ranking fifth overall was Cédric Topor and Marc Mendez, who took victory in the ‘regularity without instruments’ category driving a Caterham Superlight.

The award for fair play went to the Roux father-and-son crew, who stopped to help the ailing Caterham of Ian Keith and Andy Wood.

The event also welcomed its first Japanese competitor, Manabu Kato (below), who was driving an MG Midget MkIII.

Meanwhile, the most outstanding car of the rally went to a TVR Vixen 2500 owned by Thomas Féraud.