The 49th annual Rallye du Beaujolais was blighted by heavy showers and thunderstorms, as a total of 177 riders lined up in the town of Blacé for the first 280km stage.
Organised by the Motorcycling Club of Beaujolais, the total course length was an impressive 510km, with the second stage standing at 230km, with one loop taking place at night.
Provisional Maxi Championship leader Bruno Schiltz, riding on ContiRaceAttack Comp treaded race tyres, led KTM mounted Jérémy Barnoin on his Aprilia 1100 early on in stage one.
Benoît Nimis and Vincent Jouanen would challenge for the lead on stage two, but Schiltz laid down a marker on the final night-time section as he made it clear he would be the man to beat in this year’s 6-race championship as he took an impressive victory.
The next championship race, the Dourdou Rally, takes place at Villecomtal in the south of the country in mid July, and we wish Bruno and our French counterparts the best of luck!
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