Saturday May 14 marked the very start of the 21st edition of the Rallye des Princesses Richard Mille, eagerly awaited by competitors after two years of absence due to COVID.

Rallye des Princesses Richard Mille 2022: Top start for the 21st edition

Richard Mille Princess Rally / 2022 – ©Richard Bord

A beautiful day under the Parisian sun dedicated to administrative and technical checks where the public, who came in large numbers, were able to discover the elegant collector cars of the competitors. The parc fermé brought together some beautiful machines like the 507 BMW 1958 of #1 crew Amanda Mille and Margot Laffite. The 308 Ferrari 1985 GTB Quattrovalvole of #74 competitors Sabine Käppeli and Emma Rabiller and the 550 Porsche 1955 Spyder of #19 Arielle Morin-Lescure and Camille Dalbard Martin were also among the favorites.

What excitement this morning on Place Vendôme, one of the most beautiful squares in the capital, appreciated by early risers, tourists and other enthusiasts who come to admire the crews and their beautiful cars one last time. At 8:30 a.m. sharp, the 156 drivers and co-drivers hit the road to the applause and encouragement of the morning spectators. A habit for some crews who have several entries on the clock, such as Marie-Claire and Jacqueline Le Vouedec #22 in Porsche 911 Targa, or Carole Gratzmuller and Elisa Laurent #41 in Chevrolet Corvette C2 with 5 victories to their credit. A little pressure on the side of the rookies who lend themselves for the first time to the game of regularity or simply a rally. Crew #42
Stéphanie Florence and Aurore Mertz in their Volkswagen 11 1500 Cabriolet weren't very confident this morning at the start, having only completed a regularity course, they told us they were "a bit stressed".

Rallye des Princesses Richard Mille 2022: Top start for the 21st edition

©Richard Edge

Concentration, excitement but also a little apprehension were at the rendezvous of this first start which will take the crews to Le Touquet at the end of the afternoon, after a day of just over 300 km. Four ZR: regularity zones punctuated the day for the crews, through the Picardy region, the Baie de Somme Regional Nature Park and the Marquenterre Park where pilots and co-pilots were able to practice.

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