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The Fédération Française de Sport Auto has unveiled a postponement program for the final of the Coupe de France des rallies. The final, the great gathering of the best amateur drivers of the year 2022, which should have taken place in mid-October in Béthune, will in fact take place in Béthune but from 16 to 18 February.
Just before the Côte Fleurie
The Coupe de France final will therefore be postponed and not canceled. Scheduled for mid-October, it will finally take place the week before the Côte Fleurie 2023 rally, from 16 to 18 February 2023, again in Béthune.
This new date will not cause the postponement of the Côte Fleurie gathering: “Unfortunately we are eight days away” confides Jean-Michel Guégan: “Now we have no intention of changing our date because there is an entire calendar that would then have to be modified “.
The president of the Côte Fleurie team continued: “We will change the rules again to allow those who qualified for the final, who would also like to do our rally, to be able to recognize others.
“What scares me is the weather with probably fog or ice. Now I’m not against it. The other problem is the holidays, it is difficult to take eight days off for the same event. After that, there is also a week left at the Côte Fleurie, which will allow us to be motivated for the Côte Fleurie rally (laughs). It is still early to say if we will be there, but there is still a 70% chance that we will be there. In the meantime, we will already be in Beuzeville next weekend. “
“I haven’t made up my mind. We have no news from the championship yet as the information only came out at the end of last week. They will send us requests for commitments. I’m not necessarily in because we’re starting a new season this time of year. I don’t know if it’s a good idea because some will have changed cars. We will see when we have more precision … it also remains to be seen if the stages will be the same or not. It is not necessary that some have already recognized the courses. There are many who will go during the winter if the stages don’t change. Now, it’s good to organize this final, but you still have to see the circumstances. “
“It is good news not to lose all our points and everything we have invested to be in this final. Although we have lost money with on-site accommodation, it is good that this final is postponed, there has been a lot of work from the organization to make the party good. Now, at the end of the season, we had planned to overhaul the engine to resell it. We shouldn’t be driving in 2023 to prepare for the new project. Consequently, we decided to change the program by participating in the Beuzeville gathering and then the Monts et Coteaux gathering in the Rhone (69). We will attack the new project after the final ”.
“It’s always nice to be able to postpone this final, it doesn’t destroy all the sacrifices and investments we have made throughout the season to qualify. We still have a bad taste in our mouths because we lost money following the postponement in relation to on-site accommodation and the additional costs to participate in this final. For our part, we should be able to participate in this final even if we have sold our car. Officials should issue exemptions for crews who are in the same situation as us. So we will be there with the new car that should arrive in the next few days.
“I have mixed feelings about this postponement for the final. It is good that it takes place for the Northern region and for the organizers who have put a lot of energy into making a good final. Afterwards, postponing this final to the start of the season remains complicated for the crews. We will not have driven, we will have to do a private session to orient ourselves before the final and I hope that the route will also be changed with respect to the locals who have already recognized and know the route. We will go anyway and see but we will be ready for this final.
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