2nd Rally Adriatic Tour, from 16 to 20 May 2022
BACK TO THE 2nd EDITION OF THE RALLYMonday, May 16, 2022, the competitors had an appointment in Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic for the start of the second edition of the Adriatic Tour Rally, our tourist rally established between Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Monténégro offering 4 stages and some 1000km to travel between sea and mountains, in the heart of these three countries rich in unparalleled history. The 1st stage led to the border between Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina towards the city of Trebinje before reaching the mountainous foothills of Montenegro for lunch in a typical establishment. We had then planned to take the highest road in the country, in the heart of the Durmitor Park, between walls of snow almost 3m high.
But the snow removal work on this road could not overcome this snow that fell in abundance last winter and the road was still closed at the time of our visit. The decision was then taken to divert the rally to a larger road axis leading to Zabljak and the Tara canyon, in a totally wild setting, whose forests are among the most preserved in the Balkans before arriving at the sports resort of Kolasin winter. The 2nd loop stage to the East of Kolasin, opened up the possibility of traveling through still unexplored lands and was announced as the great novelty of this second edition of the Adriatic Tour. Lunch was then established not far from Rozaje, offering local cuisine where the inhabitants welcomed us with enthusiasm before an afternoon of return to Kolasin by a route located on the other side of the mountain range, this time offering different panoramas of those encountered in the morning. The 3rd stage consisted of a return to the Adriatic coast through the deep valley of the Moraca canyon whose watercourse dug titanic notches nearly 300m deep towards the capital of Montenegro, Podgorica, towards the shores of the huge lake of Skadar.
A small, very narrow road allowed us to go up to the village of Rijeka Crnojevica for lunch, perched between two stone bridges that still seemed to live in perfect harmony with nature and which gave us the impression of having gone back in time a few centuries. It was then necessary to reach the seaside overlooking the famous village of Sveti Stefan and the festive town of Budva in the direction of the mouths of Kotor, one of the most beautiful bays in the world, drawing like a deep golf course looking like a butterfly and having nothing to envy to the Norwegian fjords. The 4th and final stage around Kotor and Lustica Bay offered a route along one of the most beautiful roads in Montenegro, “the serpentine” and its impressive succession of hairpins, 25 in number over a 15km course, which offered striking views over the mouths of Kotor and up to the Adriatic Sea. After an incursion into the Lovcen National Park, a steep road followed towards one of the most touristic places in Montenegro, the Monastery of Ostrog, where the lunch of the day was organized.
Surprisingly beautiful, however, you had to leave this jewel to find Kotor by taking a route bordered by the meanders of the rivers feeding the nearby Lake Skadar. The battle for victory in the Prestige category offered an unprecedented final, disputed between the two crews #104 ETTIENNE / ETTIENNE and #109 LEVEQUE / LEVEQUE, unable to decide between themselves after 4 stages at loggerheads. In the Classic category, nothing could prevent the victory of the Porsche 356 crew #2 DECUYPERE / NOPPE, regulars in the discipline, having dominated from the first regularity test.
Final rankingClassics category
1- DECUYPERE B. / NOPPE S. (PORSCHE 356 A CAB)
2- GRESS S. / GRESS L. (JAGUAR TYPE E)
3- JASPARD H. / JASPARD C. (MERCEDES SL) Prestiges category
1 Ex-aequo – ETTIENNE M. / ETTIENNE S. (BMW I8)
1 Ex-aequo – LEVEQUE P. / LEVEQUE E. (PORSCHE 992 TURBO S)
3- SCHARF J-M. / SCHARF C. (PORSCHE 991 SPEEDSTER)