After leaving the Grand Palais at 06h00 and going to the Vaux-le-Vicomte Château where the start to the 23rd Tour Auto Optic 2ooo was given, the drivers tackled the first special stage (Sens-Voisines) on a narrow, fast piece of road with a very tight chicane.
In the first timed stage Ludovic Caron-Carles de Villaucourt in their AC Cobra took first place in the VHC category from Jean-Pierre Lajournade-Christopher Bouchut in their E-Type Jaguar. They were followed by two more AC Cobras in the classification, while the most stunning performance of the day was achieved by the Bussolini couple in their Porsche 904 GTS who finished fifth in the first stage. The construction of the German prototype was only completed the day before, and it had a successful first road test on the opening day of the Tour.
The eagerly-awaited duel between Erik Comas-Isabelle de Sadeleer (winner of Group H in 2013) and Armin Schwarz-A. Gerd Buhler in their Lancia Stratos turned to the advantage of the first named. Comas managed to eke out a gap of five seconds over the former professional rally driver.
After lunch in the Château de Bussy the five grids arrived at the Dijon-Prenois circuit for their first on-track battle. In VHC, Caron continued to dominate from two other AC Cobras driven by Shaun Lynn and Jean-Marc Merlin. In G1 and G2 Mr. John of B won in his Porsche 906 from Romain Rocher’s sister car. Didier Sirgue (De Tomaso Pantera) was the quickest in front of Didier Denat (Porsche 911 RS 3.0L) in the H1 and H2 groups, while Olivier Panis came first in Group 1 in his Gr IV Ferrari 308 Michelotto.
On Wednesday, the second day of the Tour Auto, there will be two specials stages on closed roads and a timed event on the Anneau du Rhin circuit before the cars arrive in the Cité de l’Automobile in Mulhouse.