The 2024 edition of the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique has come to an end, with Michel Decremer and Jennifer Hugo clinching the victory in their Opel Ascona 400.
Ahead of the final stage, the famous Nuit de Turini on 6th February, Prince Albert II of Monaco made an appearance on the Quai Albert Ier to wave off the drivers as they prepared to head in the direction of Sospel.
Before the eclectic mix of vehicles left the Principality, however, Prince Albert took his turn behind the wheel of a Deutsch Bonnet Coach Frua, a replica of the very car that Prince Rainier III drove during the Tour de France Automobile in 1953, as he completed a lap of the iconic Monte-Carlo Grand Prix circuit.
The final leg of the epic rally, which had begun in cities across Europe in late January, saw the fleet take on the Sospel-Col de Turini route. The next step should have been the La Cabanette-Col de Braus portion of racing, but adverse weather conditions forced its cancellation.
Among the competitors was Daniel Elena, a celebrated Monegasque figure in rallying, who has achieved significant success, notably winning the Monte Carlo Rally seven times alongside Sébastien Loeb.
Unfortunately for Elena, it wasn’t to be this time as the rally was ultimately won by Michel Decremer and Jennifer Hugo in their Opel Ascona 400. Their consistent performance throughout the stages earned them the top spot and they finished with 960 points to mark Decremer’s second win at the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique.
Close behind, the team of Schon and Giammarino in an Austin Mini Cooper S secured second place with 1030 points. The third position went to Aiolfi and Merenda in a Lancia Beta Coupe 1800, who finished with 1090 points.
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Photo credits: Michael Alesi / Axel Bastello / Palais Princier de Monaco