RICHARD MILLE 18TH RALLYE DES PRINCESSES
For the third consecutive year, Richard Mille was lead partner of the 18th Rallye des Princesses. This rally brings for women drivers brought together 90 crews from 12 countries, who covered close to 1,600 km along the most beautiful roads in France
THE 18TH RALLYE DES PRINCESSES departed from the prestigious Place Vendôme in Paris to arrive five days later at the Place des Lices in Saint-Tropez. On Saturday, May 27, the scrutineering day set the tone for the week: conviviality, sporting attitude and glamour.
Promptly at 8.30am on Sunday, May 28, the 180 participants headed out toward Saint-Aignan in the brilliant sunshine for a 350 km stage that included four regularity tests while discovering the Loiret, the countryside around Briare, the Indre département and Cheravent. The following day, contenders took the Route des Châteaux to the track at La Châtre. Vichy was the final destination for this second leg, and an opportunity to prepare for the longest day of the rally: 430 km of roads climbing as high as 1,860 metres around L’Alpe d’Huez before crossing the Hauts Plateaux du Vercors and the breath-taking Gorges d’Engins.
The penultimate day was marked by Alpine passes. No less than five of these had to be crossed before descending toward the Côte d’Azur for a glimpse of the beautiful beaches at Mandelieu. After driving through Grasse, the home of perfume, the contenders reached the Font du Broc château before heading towards the finish line in Saint-Tropez. The awards ceremony was held on Moorea beach in Ramatuelle, capping off a week of challenging stages in optimal weather conditions.
In the Historic category, everything came down to the very last kilometres of the race. Although the Ferrari 328 GTS #89 crewed by Nadia Moreau and Valérie Dot had held onto the lead from day one, navigation error allowed the Porsche 911 #81 of Véronique Castelain and Stéphanie Wante to claim victory. In the Classic category, reserved for more recent vehicles, the top spot went to Marion Lohio and Sabine Cybulski, aboard PGO Seven, after dominating the entire race.
Five Porsche 356 cars and one Porsche 911 were made available to clients and friends of Richard Mille in order to discover this event—which has become de rigueur for ladies who love automobiles—each of whom wore a watch from the Richard Mille ladies’ collection for the race.
It is also worth mentioning that this year, the Rallye des Princesses Richard Mille once again supported the Parti des Enfants, a collective bringing together some 20 associations dedicated to children suffering from illness, and that three crews took part in the competition under the association’s banner.