We still have over 500km tomorrow and 180km on Sunday so the rally is not over but there is a definite sense of relief as we pull onto the Avenue de Rhodanie, past the interestingly named Chateau d”Ouchy and the Olympic Museum, in Lausanne. We are on the shores of Lac Leman and the Jag is safely tucked underground for the night. This is the right setting for the Jag but a little tidy up might be in order before a promenade – for car and crew probably.
With the last stage done the initial results are in and despite a late charge we have failed to overtake the Mini – failed by just over 4 minutes after 13,000km! Results will be confirmed tomorrow but as it stands we finished 23rd out of 57 in the Classic category and 2nd in class (that by just under 2 hours to the ’54 Sunbeam Alpine). We have been flitting up to 21st and 22nd over the past few days as other cars had problems and picked up time penalties but then slipped back down as some of those time penalties were rescinded – the scoring is a bit of a mystery to quite a few. Sadly our one issue back in Aya, in Russia, on Day 13 when we smashed the gearbox casing and ended up on a truck to Novosibirsk meant we missed a couple of time checks and therefore missed on the Gold Medal. Still, it’s a Silver Medal and a 2nd in Class which for a really silly car and 2 novice rallyists and the toughest drive out there is not bad going.