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RS16: Porsche finishes in style!

The Porsche 911 SC of Samuel and Klaus Thiele (#9) took the last honours of this 26th Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique, in Col de Turini, winning RS16 ahead of the surprising Volvo 121 of another family team from across the Rhine, Michael and Julius Pan (#215), tied 2nd with the Italian runners-up in the overall standings, Giorgio Schon and Francesco Giammarino, in their Austin Mini Cooper S. With everyone focusing not to jeopardise a week’s efforts, this RS16 didn’t produce any big surprise. The Belgian leaders had to be content with a tied 4th place.

They didn’t crack under pressure. Belgium’s Michel Decremer and Jennifer Hugo, who had been leading the 26th Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique since Saturday afternoon, after RS3, in their Opel Ascona in the colours of Radio Monte-Carlo, were still in front at midnight on Tuesday, when they returned to the port of Monaco after the 16th and final Regularity Stage (RS) of this 2024 edition. On the final podium, they were joined on Wednesday by two Italian crews, Giorgio Schon and Francesco Giammarino (Austin Mini Cooper S) as well as Maurizio Aiolfi and Carlo Merenda (Lancia Beta Coupé 1800).

While awaiting the Final and Official General Classification, due to be published at midday on Wednesday by Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM), the Decremer-Hugo tandem was able to relax with the satisfaction of having managed their business perfectly, including this RS16 ending at the top of prestigious Col de Turini. Early in the evening, the organisers had made the wise decision to cancel RS17 altogether, between La Cabanette and Col de Braus. There was so much fog on the road that launching over 200 tired crews in these conditions, at night, would have been far too dangerous.

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